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45MPH Work Zone Speed Limit - meaningless!

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Topics:  Interstate Highway System

45MPH Work Zone Speed Limit - meaningless!

Gus Philpott
Woodstock Advocate
September 28, 2012


Have you driven on I-90 recently, east from Route 47 at Huntley?

I had the distinct displeasure this morning. I do just about anything to avoid the tollroad, because I object to the recent, exorbitant increase in tolls and the doubling of tolls for cash payers.

But this morning I rode with friends to O'Hare, so that their car could be safely housed in their own garage and not parked for a week in one of robber parking lots near the airport.

Want a look at airport parking rates? Click right here.

How about this summary?
City of Chicago ORD Parking Lots A, B, C: $33.00 per day
Lot D: $53.00/day
Lot E: $19.00/day
Lot G: $13.00/day
Lot F: $9.00/day

But back to the Tollway.

Inbound about 5:30AM in the 45MPH work zone, the "pack" was cruising about 62MPH. Where was the ISP van with the Photo Radar?

Outbound about 7:30AM in the 55MPH zone, speeds were about 70MPH with some faster. I estimated the speeds of some of those "some" at 80-90MPH. I did not see one Illinois State Police trooper.

And there I was, poking along in the right-hand lane at the posted speed limit, keeping a constant eye on the rearview mirror and ready to stomp on the gas to avoid being rear-ended.

And wondering why doesn't the State Police use trained spotters with moving-radar equipment in "ordinary" cars to clock speeders and radio ahead for a trooper in a marked car to grab the violator?



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