Error raises mph and Ike expectations

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Please note an error in the Nov. 6, page 12 article titled, "Harmon calls Ike ditch Oak Park's 'ugly scar'."
Near the end of the article, the writer states, "congestion is to be relieved enough to increase average speeds from the current 25 mph to 50 mph."

This will never happen, except possibly in the Toll (HOT) or Carpool (HOV) Lane option. One of the four options being considered will not have a tolled or carpool lane. All the general purpose lanes will continue to crawl along perhaps averaging 26 versus 25 mph.

A good point of reference is Rick Kuner's letter to the editor on page 23 [Observations on Ike-plan specifics, Viewpoints, Nov. 6].

News reported as such is one way to carry deceiving and false expectations to a receiving and misinformed audience. Of course, the way IDOT had replied to the question at the Harmon meeting, I cannot blame the writer for this mistake.

David Moehring

Oak Park

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Posted: November 20th, 2013 2:58 PM

Once again, no context on what congestion truly means has ever been given by either side. The anti-expansion crowd says that expansion will only amount to 30 minutes less of "congestion" per day, hoping you will think this entire effort is a waste of time. But they never say what congestion is. Travel time through the post-expansion corridor could still be technically congested yet still yield 20-50% improvements over current times. Until we get context, the numbers are meaningless.

MichaelO from Oak Park  

Posted: November 20th, 2013 12:58 PM

You can't go around just making things up to bolster a position. People eventually catch on. Your comment, "All the general purpose lanes will continue to crawl along perhaps averaging 26 versus 25 mph" is unadulterated crap. How could you possibly know that? How could you possibly expect any thinking person to treat you and your position seriously? And does Rick Kuner know you're using him as a source for your nonsense?

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