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355 Extension, friend or foe?

Has it helped anyone?

My commute up 55 and 355t Lake Street has been worse all week. We'll see what happens in the next few weeks as we adjust to new traffic patterns. My 1.25-1.5 hour commute has been averaging 2 hours.
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It seems like the only people who are complaining are the ones who are traveling north from I-55. I think people seem to forget that the extension is going southbound towards I-80. The majority of the traffic in the morning and throughout the day is going north of I-55 anyways. So its not going to benefit anyone traveling north. Nobody is really traveling southbound from I-55 because there isn't a damn thing out that way anyways! Once they start developing the surrounding area along the extension then I think that's when you'll start seeing more people traveling south and much more traffic going north.

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It's absolutely horrible. I travel from North avenue(64) to I-88 and go west to Aurora. Usually it takes me about 20-30 minutes to get to 88. My usual jam spot is right when I get on 88. Now it takes me almost an hour just to get to 88. That's about 8 miles.
Used to take me an hour to get home, now hour and a half.
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It's absolutely horrible. I travel from North avenue(64) to I-88 and go west to Aurora. Usually it takes me about 20-30 minutes to get to 88. My usual jam spot is right when I get on 88. Now it takes me almost an hour just to get to 88. That's about 8 miles.
Used to take me an hour to get home, now hour and a half.
But you are nowhere near the 355 EXTENSION so how is it a foe to you?

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It's absolutely horrible. I travel from North avenue(64) to I-88 and go west to Aurora. Usually it takes me about 20-30 minutes to get to 88. My usual jam spot is right when I get on 88. Now it takes me almost an hour just to get to 88. That's about 8 miles.
Used to take me an hour to get home, now hour and a half.
Your fucking doing something wrong then. I drive from Biesterfield to 88 and it takes me about 15 minutes. If you go any where around 8-9 though it can take up to 30 minutes.

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Going home i take lake st to 355 to 55.....It has taken me FOREVER this week. I even left 40 minutes later one day this week and it didnt help.
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Going home i take lake st to 355 to 55.....It has taken me FOREVER this week. I even left 40 minutes later one day this week and it didnt help.
If you happen to see someone standing next to a pewter blazer on south bound 355 at night driving a razor "up and down the river", it is me calling it quits from driving.
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As gas prices continue to climb, I'm surprised more people don't move closer to work or insist on finding employment closer to home.

You can save some serious coin on gas/maintenance/vehicle depreciation doing this. If you can work the extra hours you would have spent commuting it gets even better.
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my roomate has said the I355 traffic has been horrible this week, he goes from hoffman estates down to 75th street 2+ hours coming home.
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+1 on moving CLOSER to where you work. My personal tolerance level is 45 minutes. Anymore than that on a daily basis and I'm either taking a train, or moving closer, or getting a new job.

Although I work out of my house as a web developer, I still have to drive ALL over Chicago to meet my clients. Its a bitch to get from Oak Lawn to Evanston, let alone doing it on a friday anytime after 1pm.

I think there should be a train line that runs from North to South and vise versa. The 'spoke' model for metra isn't useful for those who live southwest and work northwest.

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I travel 13 milea on 53 from Joliet to Bolingbrook and back, peak of rush hour each way. It has saved me 15 minutes each way.
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If it's the same thing next week where it's pretty much like I'm sitting in a 355and 55 parking lot, I'm going to have to find a new route.

I am trying to find employment closer to home...but it's a little bit harder in my situation. Right now, I drive 42 miles one way to work from my door to the parking lot at work. Where I'm looking to go is 7 miles from door to parking lot....wish me luck!
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I take North ave to 290 to 294 then I55. Try that route, much faster. Traffic is a little goofy because of Joliet road being closed also.
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As gas prices continue to climb, I'm surprised more people don't move closer to work or insist on finding employment closer to home.

You can save some serious coin on gas/maintenance/vehicle depreciation doing this. If you can work the extra hours you would have spent commuting it gets even better.
Housing by the jobs is expensive.
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I didnt read this whole thread, but ever since Monday, my commute home going SB 355 from Lake Street to 88 has been ridiculous.

Thank god for Navi and neighborhoods with through streets.

NB in the AM has been more busy as well. Seems to be more busy with people who are SLOW, too.

I usually crank a min speed of 75 MPH NB in the AM, not this week. Ppl doing 60 MPH in the fast lane are backing up traffic. (but I guess its better then going 5 MPH like on the way home)
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Your fucking doing something wrong then. I drive from Biesterfield to 88 and it takes me about 15 minutes. If you go any where around 8-9 though it can take up to 30 minutes.

I don't know how it would have been possible for you to do that this week. I took my bike to work the other day so I could possibly get home faster. I was changing lanes every chance I could and it only cut about 15 minutes off my drive time. It's a parking lot, bumper to bumper max 10mph and then sudden stop.

I haven't left work any earlier than 4:30 this week, so I am not sure what time the back up starts.
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I was on it around 11:30pm and it was all clear. Nice way to get home from Champaign and not have to deal with 294/290
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I-80 was backed up yesterday for abouth 5 miles either side of where the 355 extension intersects it. It hasn't been that way since the construction was finished on 80/90 east. Good job, Rod. Ya [email protected]#$%.

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Well hasn't helped me at all...I said months ago all it's going to do is cause more traffic for me on 355..

I go from Joliet to Hoffman (102 miles) almost every day....and this past week was horrible!!!

I either get on at 55 or go up 53 a bit to Maple to avoid the traffic.....on Wednesday I said let me get on 55 at Weber and see if this extension has helped...

NOPE!!!! 355 was backed up at Boughton....I have very seldom hit traffic at Boughton????? It usually starts at 75th and clears up after Maple..

So I don't like it

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I-80 was backed up yesterday for abouth 5 miles either side of where the 355 extension intersects it. It hasn't been that way since the construction was finished on 80/90 east. Good job, Rod. Ya [email protected]#$%.
Ugh thats not what I wanted to hear. I am going back to MI for Thanksgiving Wed night. Maybe if I leave Joliet at 3pm I can be at MI/IN border by 9pm
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You people are killing me how is this highway Screwing up traffic that far north. It's just been a shitty week, you may as well blame it on the full moon last week also. It's not like just because this highway opened up 7000 people got job and hit the road for the first time. We are all the same people on the road. We live in the chicagoland area. traffic sucks and will continue to suck no matter what we do, it's part of our charm. only solution is to move to podunk iowa and work at the local tractor supply making 5 bucks an hour.

oh by the way the extension cut 30 minutes off my route to one of my sites




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OK....traffic still sucks, figured I'd jump on 55 and get on 355....again backed up at Boughton toll....this never happened before the damn extension.

Hopefully it gets better in the next few months but I doubt it.

OK, rant over!!!

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Yea, I stopped driving on 355.

Well, its not like you are "driving" anyway, more like coasting in idle.

I'm looking for a new job. This traffic thing is just getting in the way of my sleep.
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As gas prices continue to climb, I'm surprised more people don't move closer to work or insist on finding employment closer to home.

You can save some serious coin on gas/maintenance/vehicle depreciation doing this. If you can work the extra hours you would have spent commuting it gets even better.
Oh yeah, its just so easy to find another job. And its also so easy to sell your house and buy another one closer.


I haven't been on 55 yet, but I'm guessing the 355 extension is making things worse on 55 north to the city. Half the people on 355 south of 55 are now taking the new expressway up to 55 and than into the city, where previously they probably had a different route.

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Yea, I stopped driving on 355.

Well, its not like you are "driving" anyway, more like coasting in idle.

I'm looking for a new job. This traffic thing is just getting in the way of my sleep.

Yep....don't think I got over 25mph for a good 1/2 hour.......well working from home a few days a week does help!!!

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+1 on moving CLOSER to where you work. My personal tolerance level is 45 minutes. Anymore than that on a daily basis and I'm either taking a train, or moving closer, or getting a new job.
+1 on moving closer to work. Luckily I dont have to take any freeways to work, but in the northern burbs, all these little roads can get seriously clogged. Everytime I find a new short/long cut, it gets backed up pretty soon. I try and find a route that keeps me moving, even if it's longer, because I'm probably wasting the same amount of gas sitting in stop and go traffic and besides, my left foot can't stand stop and go.

I moved from Palatine, which was a 45 min drive over 12 miles to Libertyville to Grayslake, which is a max 20 min drive over 7 miles. Some co-workers drive all the way from I-55 & I-80... Some guys even live way out in Rockford and drive in over 2 hours everyday...

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I just had a third interview for a position that is less than 6 miles from home today. This would be a welcome change from the 43 mile one way trip I currently run on the 55/355 gauntlet. I find out next Tuesday.

Even without speeding I would make it there in well under 15 minutes. My average commute to my current job is 1.25-1.5 hours and 1.5-2.25 home, going a wee bit above the flow of traffic when possible..
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