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9/25/2013 2:19:00 PM
The Traffic Guy hears ...

… that NU alum Mike Greenberg will be the grand marshal of NU’s homecoming parade, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Oct. 4. along Sheridan Road between Lincoln and Deering Meadow, just north of the turn at Sheridan. He was one of the Mikes of ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” daily sports-talk radio show, with Mike Colic. The Mikes will take the mics to broadcast their early morning show live from campus on Oct. 5, anticipating, TG assumes, the NU-Ohio State homecoming game at Ryan Field.

… that work on the Purple Line tracks between Church and Milburn continues almost 24/7. The schedule, as nearby residents likely know, is 9 p.m.-4:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Trains between Foster and Noyes will operate on a single track. Here is the CTA symphony – or cacophony – that can be expected: engine noise from diesel track maintenance equipment (brass), beeping from backup alarms on track maintenance equipment (winds), crunching rock (strings) and metal-on-metal hammering (percussion). Concerns and questions can be addressed to Ryan Mouw of the CTA, 312-681-2751 or rmouw@transitchicago.com; or to the City, 311 or 847-448-4311.

… that the Bridge Street bridge is half demolished. Northbound (also called westbound) traffic can still use the bridge, but southbound (also called eastbound) traffic will have to detour via McCormick. … that sewer work continues in various parts of the City, with contractor SAK Construction LLC performing the work. This is the same cured-in-place relining using a liner that is “cured” by flushing hot water through the pipe. The City says, “The resins used in the lining process have been used in the fiberglass industry for many years.   These resins contain a chemical called styrene that hardens when heated.  Although styrene has an unpleasant odor, it is not dangerous at the levels at which people can detect it.  If you smell the styrene while the contractor’s personnel are working in your area, do not be alarmed.  An easy way to prevent the smell from occurring in your building is to pour a gallon of water into each basement floor drain.  This keeps the drain “trap” full and prevents sewer gases from coming into your building.  Because the water in the drain traps evaporates over time, this practice should be done regularly.” The City says the crews will give 24 hours’ notice of the work, which will take about 12 hours at each location. Everything should be done between Oct. 14 and 31, weather permitting, according to the City.

… that MWRD invited the press and others to the “Last Blast” on Sept. 23, the end of major excavation and the beginning of final construction at the Thornton Composite Reservoir. This reservoir, readers may know, is one of three reservoirs that are part of MWRD’s Tunnel and Reservoir Project (TARP) to address pollution and flooding in the area: The Gloria Alitto Majewski Reservoir, completed in 1998, provides 350 million gallons of storage. Stage One of the McCook Reservoir is on track for completion by the end of 2017; it will add 3.5 billion gallons of storage capacity. The McCook Stage 2 Reservoir is scheduled for completion in 2029 and will add 6.5 billion gallons of storage capacity. Thornton Reservoir, of the Last Blast, will have almost 8 billion gallons of combined sewage and stormwater storage capacity. Reportedly, more than 152 billion pounds of 400 million-year-old dolomite limestone have been removed from the Thornton Composite Reservoir space.

… that the full moon on Sept. 19 was the Harvest Moon, because it occurred closest to the autumnal equinox (Sept. 22). According to Earthsky.com, for those living in North America, the moon turned “precisely full before sunrise on Sept. 19.”

From our readers: TG: Attached is a sign that I saw in the sidewalk close to the apartments on Clark Street between Einstein Bagels and Burger King. Judging by
the number of bikes riding over it, I must be about the only one who noticed it. Since we have signs posted at eye level and stamps on the sidewalk, do we need sensors for bicyclists on the sidewalk so the notice will slap them in the face? The picture is good enough. My comments were an attempt at humor after almost being hit by five cyclists at street speed on the sidewalks, both Sherman and Clark.

– Concerned Pedestrian

From TG:It is hard to fathom why bicyclists will not observe the rules of the road, the ordinances of the City, courtesy or even common sense. TG hesitates to endorse ticketing, but heedless speedsters are pushing things that way. On the other hand, Saturday’s Green Living Festival and Sunday’s Bike the Ridge should make it an auspicious weekend for thoughtful biking.

The Traffic Guy thinks …

… that, since Banned Book Week and the Library’s “Get Caught Reading” photo contest end this week, everyone ought to get caught reading a banned book or at least a “challenged book: “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi’s, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie, “Captain Underpants,” by
Dav Pilkey, “The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, “Looking for Alaska” by John Green or “Beloved” by Toni Morrison, to name a few astonishing examples. 

… that, especially with winter weather coming, the City should reconsider allowing parking on both sides of residential streets.





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