Sitting in traffic can be frustrating, especially after getting out of work or going somewhere fun over the weekend. One of the worst parts of traffic is not knowing what caused it.
We've noticed an increase in traffic around Chicago’s North Side streets. To figure out what was causing the traffic we went for a drive up and down Broadway. Turns out that a combination of CTA Red Line reconstructions, street resurfacing and sewer work are creating some bad traffic conditions.
We also spoke with former WBEZ traffic analyst, Sarah Jindra, who pointed out some of the busiest construction points.
CTA NORTH RED LINE STATION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
CTA is in the process of making improvements at seven stations along the north branch of its Red Line. Work includes viaduct repairs, platform repairs or replacement, station water proofing, lighting improvements and new station house finishes (i.e. floors, doors, windows and lighting). They have already completed work at 4 stations: Granville, Morse, Thorndale and Argyle.
Currently, the Berwyn station is temporarily closed for the work. And at midnight Friday, the Lawrence station shut down for six weeks.