'Carmageddon' not as bad as expected

'Carmageddon' not as bad as expected

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(Photo by FOX 32's Craig Wall) (Photo by FOX 32's Craig Wall)
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The mangled pieces of metal on the Kennedy Expressway are the beginning of ‘Carmageddon.’

“I was expecting a little chaos,” said Steve Hennessy, a Naperville resident.

Despite the cones, construction and detours greeting weekend commuters navigating their way to the city, Naperville resident Steve Hennessy says surprisingly the drive was a smooth one – taking just 40 minutes.

“I thought about taking the train because of ‘Carmageddon,’ the bridge and all the festivals that were going on but the drive wasn’t bad,” said Hennessy.

“It wasn’t that bad at all. Transportation was easy right down North so it wasn’t bad for us,” said Kristen Deangelis, a Wicker Park resident.

“As we were coming in on the train, the cars were flying by us at this point so I think people were frightened away from driving,” said Sue Baader, a Kildeer resident.

Maybe.

Despite a packed Taste of Randolph Street, from above, Blues Fest looked bare, with empty seats even though organizers insist there was no impact from ‘Carmageddon.’

“But possibly tomorrow people will be driving if they’ve seen that it was open a little bit more but it could be pretty bad tomorrow,” said Baader.

Late Saturday afternoon, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced the project to remove all of the old Ontario Street bridge of the Kennedy Expressway will now take place over two weekends instead of three.

“We came on the train. Normally we would have driven in but we heard about the construction and did not want to be a part of all that,” said Baader.

“I think I just saw it primarily on social media, Facebook and Twitter. I saw that there was going to be a problem and avoided it at all costs,” said Tim Cyborski, a Mokena resident.

For complete project information, including detours, alternate routes and updates, visit www.dot.il.gov/KennedyatOhio/detour.html.

For the latest updates on the impact to traffic, visit www.travelmidwest.com.

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