The Damn Ryan Expressway


Massive traffic jams, limited alternate routes, lane closings. Do you drive the Ryan? Yeah? You are in for quite a treat then. You and the other 320,000 drivers that use it every day. It would suit you well to visit the following site: Everything you need to know about this major annoyance that is set to begin Friday at 10pm. This is the largest expressway project in Chicago’s history, very likely to have a major impact on travel times all over the city, as well as the neighborhoods surrounding the Ryan as drivers attempt to avoid the chaos. Makes me happy that I take the Edens to work.

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UPDATE: From the website (reg required):

Illinois Auditor General William Holland said Tuesday he will forward to state and federal investigators a scathing audit accusing state transportation officials of mismanagement and questionable spending for public relations and minority recruitment on the Dan Ryan Expressway reconstruction project.


Holland’s audit comes days before the massive $600 million Dan Ryan reconstruction is scheduled to begin on Friday. His findings have raised concerns about whether motorists will be adequately prepared to adjust to the sharply scaled back highway during construction.

Way to go, IDOT.

5 Comments so far

  1. Scott (unregistered) on March 27th, 2006 @ 10:52 am

    Makes me happy I have no car. :)

  2. steven (unregistered) on March 27th, 2006 @ 12:03 pm

    Makes you very lucky as well. I’d love to be able to give up my car.

  3. Nevin (unregistered) on March 28th, 2006 @ 1:25 pm

    What makes you think that the Dan Ryan construction won’t back up Edens?

  4. steven (unregistered) on March 28th, 2006 @ 3:06 pm

    The Edens should be the least affected of them all…at least that’s my hope. It’s so far north of the Ryan that any backup would be minimal. Of course, check back on Monday..could be an entirely different story.

  5. Time Cube (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 12:11 am

    Yes I’m sure that God would damn Ryan to hell if he were existent. As it is, he is not, and Time Cube is the truth. I advise everyone here to seek a liberating acceptance of Time Cube.

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