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Old December 21st, 2007, 12:46 AM   #1
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Dan Ryan Completion

I'm pretty sure there is a thread about this project but I thought maybe completion discussion deserved its own.

I do not ride every day, but sometimes I drive south during rush our to visit friends. Personally, I think they did a fantastic job. I haven't hit the brake once.
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Old December 21st, 2007, 12:51 AM   #2
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I'm pretty sure there is a thread about this project but I thought maybe completion discussion deserved its own.

I do not ride every day, but sometimes I drive south during rush our to visit friends. Personally, I think they did a fantastic job. I haven't hit the brake once.
100% agree. I dont ride it very often, but last time I did I got from 22nd to 95th in 20min!
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Old December 21st, 2007, 03:14 AM   #3
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um ive been coming to chicago at least one or twice a year for the past like 8 years and it seems like this project never ends and keeps going and going and going....................
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Old December 21st, 2007, 03:52 AM   #4
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um ive been coming to chicago at least one or twice a year for the past like 8 years and it seems like this project never ends and keeps going and going and going....................
Really? The project finished ahead of schedule
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Old December 21st, 2007, 04:03 AM   #5
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I think they did a fantastic job. I haven't hit the brake once.
Give it time...the ol induced demand theory will quickly fill that sucker back up in no time.
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Old December 21st, 2007, 06:38 AM   #6
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Give it time...the ol induced demand theory will quickly fill that sucker back up in no time.
Yes, the increased capacity will draw more capacity, right up to the "fed up" point where travel time gets as long as it was before.

There is one thing that will be better than it was before. And that is the travel time past the previous bottleneck at 63rd-67th street in the southbound lands, where the the total lanes tapered by one and drivers jockeyed for position. That is never going to be as bad as it was. Knock on wood!
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Old December 21st, 2007, 07:27 AM   #7
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The only time I ever drive down the Dan Ryan is when I'm heading back to Ohio to see my family. Earlier this year I would always get stuck in a long lineup of cars trying to take the Skyway exit from the Dan Ryan to head east to Indiana. When I headed home in October, for the first time I actually didn't get stuck in any traffic jams! Then when I headed home again in November, a few days before Thanksgiving, I again made it through the area without any traffic jams! I'm heading home tomorrow for Christmas... we'll see if I can get through the area once again without any jams. I'm hoping.
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Old December 21st, 2007, 08:51 AM   #8
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Induced demand usually occurs if the area the freeway serves is relatively underdeveloped, which doesn't really apply to the Dan Ryan at all. They only added capacity on the stretch south of the split at 63rd, one lane in each direction for safety, no ROW acquisition. The rest of the freeway just has longer and reconfigured ramps, and some ramps were eliminated. But adding that extra lane between 63rd and 95th has done wonders for traffic flow.

Now take care of the Eden's junction and the Avenues at 290, and Chicago's two other horrid bottlenecks are gone.
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um ive been coming to chicago at least one or twice a year for the past like 8 years and it seems like this project never ends and keeps going and going and going....................
I was actually amazed at the speed they got the project finished!!

2 years to completely reconstruct and widen a 14 lane expressway in the middle of a large city.

I know of other projects that weren't as large that seemed to go on for years and years. They got this one wrapped up damn fast.

I assume it's just cause so many people use the road they pumped more money into the project to get it completed as soon as possible.
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Old December 21st, 2007, 07:51 PM   #10
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Maybe its just different projects all along the north/south freeways that make it seem like there is never ending construction. My friend flew up from florida to go to a cubs game with me and he even said last time he was here 15 years ago it seemed like there was the same never ending construction.
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