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I-55 Stevenson Expressway (Lakeshore Drive to I-294) Congestion and Crash Scans

The Chicago region traffic congestion scans were created by averaging five minute speed data obtained from freeway loop detectors, radar, and mobile technology data. The traffic scans display average speed on a freeway corridor as a function of time of day (the x-axis) and location (the y-axis) along a freeway corridor.

Crash scans show the rate of total highway crashes per 100 million vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) for 1/10 mile segments.  The purpose of these crash scans is to show highway planners and system managers how crashes are related to congestion.  Understanding where crashes are concentrated can help planners and engineers focus on improving those locations with the worst performance.  

Congestion Scans

I-55, Stevenson Expressway from US 41/Lake Shore Drive to I-294 Congestion Scan, 2011. Showing average speed by milepost by time of day.

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I-55, Stevenson Expressway from US 41/Lake Shore Drive to I-294 Congestion Scan, 2009Showing average speed by milepost by time of day.

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I-55, Stevenson Expressway from US 41/Lake Shore Drive to I-294 Congestion Scan, 2007. Showing average speed by milepost by time of day.

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Crash Scans

 

I-55, US 41 to I-90/94 Crash Scan, 2008-12. Showing number of crash rates per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.

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I-55, I-90/94 to I-294 Crash Scan 2008-12. Showing number of crash rates per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.

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Performance Data

Non-holiday Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays:

South-bound I-55/Stevenson Expressway

Measure 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Free-Flow Travel Time
(Minutes)
15.94 15.98 16.20 16.24 16.30
Average AM Peak-Period
Travel Time (Minutes)
20.88 21.31 21.18 21.78 21.97
AM Travel Time Index 1.31 1.33 1.31 1.34 1.35
Average PM Peak-Period
Travel Time (Minutes)
34.02 37.91 35.44 33.67 35.00
PM Travel Time Index

2.13

2.37

2.19

2.07 2.15
AM Peak-Period
95th Percentile Travel Time
(Minutes)

28.20

30.68

29.79

33.34 31.43

AM Peak-Period
Planning Time Index

1.76

1.92

1.84

2.05 1.93
PM Peak-Period
95th Percentile Travel Time
(Minutes)

59.03

65.96

60.78

55.01 53.90
PM Peak-Period
Planning Time Index

3.72

4.13

3.75

3.39 3.31
Congested Hours

12.29

12.66

11.96

11.82 12.37

North-bound I-55/Stevenson Expressway

Measure

2007

2008

2009

2010 2011
Free-Flow Travel Time
(Minutes)

15.76

15.76

16.06

16.33 16.33
Average AM Peak-Period
Travel Time (Minutes)

36.15

33.04

31.10

30.87 30.67
AM Travel Time Index

2.29

2.10

1.94

1.89 1.88
Average PM Peak-Period
Travel Time (Minutes)

22.81

24.36

22.68

24.29 23.12
PM Travel Time Index

1.45

1.55

1.41

1.49 1.42
AM Peak-Period
95th Percentile Travel Time
(Minutes)

53.09

50.80

48.66

50.12 49.96

AM Peak-Period
Planning Time Index

3.37

3.22

3.03

3.07 3.06
PM Peak-Period
95th Percentile Travel Time
(Minutes)

34.02

39.43

33.59

35.20 34.22
PM Peak-Period
Planning Time Index

2.16

2.50

2.09

2.16 2.10
Congested Hours

12.35

12.41

11.33

11.97 12.27

 

About the Data

Data provided by IDOT, Illinois Tollway, and HERE. 

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