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The City That Works

By Chuck Sudo in News on Oct 26, 2007 4:21PM

2007_10_ryan.jpgWith the ongoing and impending budget crisis at CTA on the brink of exploding, it nearly slipped our minds that the full Dan Ryan expressway re-opened for business, after nearly two years of construction.

The project was completed ahead of schedule, but the cost of the project nearly doubled (it is the Chicago Way, after all). The project added an extra local lane between 47th and 67th Streets, and an additional lane each way from 47th to 95th. There are still some minor construction projects dotting the length of the Ryan, mainly landscaping and the erection of knee-high walls along the Ryan's frontage walls. This comes as good news for commuters who've had to fight sardine-tight traffic on the Ryan during its construction, which users of the Edens are just now beginning to experience.

Image via Steve Vance on flickr.