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Road Week Ahead: May 19 – May 23

Here’s what’s on tap for Lake County commuters this week: New lane configurations on the northernmost portion of the Tri-State Tollway, more capacity on Metra, and the countdown begins to the unofficial start of summer: Memorial Day.

On the North Tri-State Tollway, a northbound counterflow lane is being added between the Waukegan Toll Plaza and the Wisconsin state line. To accommodate the northbound traffic shift, the exit ramp from the southbound I-94 to U.S. 41 will close for the rest of the construction season.

From the Illinois Tollway’s related press release:

Access to U.S. 41 will be provided via a detour that will direct southbound I-94 traffic to exit at Russell Road, continue westbound on Russell Road to Old Route 41, and south on Old U.S. 41 to reach U.S. Route 41.

Stay up-to-date with the Lake County DOT roadwork update report and Illinois DOT construction update report.

Mass transit update: As previously reported, Metra is adding cars to rush hour trains on the Milwaukee District North and Union Pacific North lines as of Monday, May 19. Expanded weekend schedules take effect on Friday, May 23.

Accompanying this entry is a PDF of the schedule change announcement distributed on Milwaukee District North trains. Unfortunately, I don’t have a copy of the Union Pacific North document. Full, updated schedules are available on Metra’s website and at the downtown stations as of last week; hopefully they will be in the outlying stations this week.

Highlights of the changes on the Milwaukee District North line:

  • Four new runs on Saturdays
  • Two new runs on Sundays
  • “Slight adjustments” to a few existing weekend runs
  • Weekday train 2103 to Fox Lake will depart Chicago’s Union Station at 7:01 a.m. (3 minutes earlier).

Interstate 94 weather report: Looking forward to highs in the 60s with only a limited chance of rain. Better yet? 70s on Memorial Day!

Last, but not least: Sunday, May 25 is the annual Bike the Drive event in Chicago. Lake Shore Drive is closed to motorized vehicle traffic for five early-morning hours, allowing bicyclists to enjoy a leisurely ride along the 30-mile (round-trip) boulevard. Visit the event’s website to learn more.

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3 Responses - Comments are closed.

  1. kilax says:

    I kind of wish Metra would add more WEEKDAY trains, but I can’t be greedy… 🙂

  2. Same here kilax, but I think it’s a matter of equipment availability; they just don’t have enough cars and engines to go around! And with the funding issues the transit agencies face, there may not be any new rail car purchases for a while, but who knows – they may have a magic rabbit up their fiscal sleeve (especially if gas prices and ridership remain high!)

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