As if things couldn't be mucked enough for morning rush hour drivers in Illinois, now there's this. IDOT has closed the right lane just after the 55/70-64 merge which leads to jams going back to one 11. This morning a local traffic report said that the tape used to form the new construction zone lane lines were coming loose causing drivers to guess at which lane they were in.
Ah. So that's what that tangled mess was the past few days. Yesterday while driving home from Collinsville I noticed the lane lines at the construction area all curvy and I thought whoever drove the lane painting truck made a big mistake. I had no idea that this was not paint but tape. And, from Tuesday on there were piles of loose tape all over the left and middle lanes and up against the divider wall. If I had been a passenger in my car i would have taken a picture of all that crumpled up tape.
Another issue this week was the speed at which the big trucks were heading into this tight spot. It's truly frightening to know that around a curve traffic will be slow if not stopped and then look in the rear view mirror and see the window of a huge tractor trailer right on the back bumper. These trucks are flying, straddling one side of their lane line or other, changing lanes without notice and then when free of the construction just taking off like a bat out of hell across the bridge. And, it's not as if IDOT hasn't given plenty of warning about the lane closure, the digital signs are active several miles ahead.
Anyhow, there's nothing to do but put up with it. And be very alert.