• Short Summary

    THE NEWEST IN AMERICAN HIGHWAYS ... A 16-MILE ROAD, 14 LANES WIDE AT ITS GREATEST?

  • Description

    THE NEWEST IN AMERICAN HIGHWAYS ... A 16-MILE ROAD, 14 LANES WIDE AT ITS GREATEST TRAFFIC POINTS ... OPENED LAST SATURDAY IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. THE ROAD IS THE 'DAN RYAN EXPRESSWAY', DESIGNED TO SPEED TRAFFIC ALONG CHICAGO'S SOUTH SIDE AND TO BRING DOWNTOWN CHICAGO-THE 'LOOP'-CLOSER IN DRIVING TIME TO ITS SOUTHERN SUBURBS AND NORTHERN INDIANA.

    FEDERAL ROAD FUNDS ACCOUNTED FOR 90 PER CENT OF THE 180-MILLION DOLLARS NEEDED TO BUILD THE SUPER HIGHWAY, WHICH IS PART OF THE NATIONAL 41-THOUSAND MILE INTERSTATE EXPRESSWAY SYSTEM AT THE MOMENT, THE ROAD POSTS SPEED LIMIT OF 55 MILES AN HOUR ON ITS OPEN STRETCHES, 45 AND 35 MILES AN HOUR AT POINTS WHERE TRAFFIC WILL APPROACH INTERCHANGES AND NARROWING ROADWAYS. THESE LIMITS MAY BE CHANGED.

    AT TIMES THE ROAD PRESENTS AN AWESOME COMPLEX OF TANGLING LANES, LEVELS AND RAMPS. AT ONE POINT, SIX LEVELS OF DIFFERENT ROADWAY ARE VISIBLE. THE ENGINEERS WHO DESIGNED THE DAN RYAN EXPRESSWAY ARE PROUDEST OF WHAT THEY CALL "COLLECTOR DISTRIBUTOR LANES", LANES THAT WILL LEAD DRIVERS TO THE PROPER EXIT RAMPS. THE COLLECTOR DISTRIBUTOR SYSTEM IS AT TIMES COMBINED WITH A "DUAL-DUAL" SYSTEM THAT DIVIDES THE SEVEN-LANE WIDTHS IN EACH DIRECTION INTO FOUR LANES OF HIGH-SPEED THROUGH TRAFFIC AND THREE "COLLECTOR-DISTRIBUTOR" LANES.

    THE "COLLECTOR DISTRIBUTOR" LANES CONNECT EVERY HALF-MILE WITH EXIT-ENTRANCE RAMPS. THEY CONNECT WITH THE FOUR HIGH-SPEED LANES AT INTERVALS OF MILE AND A HALF. THE HALF-SPEED LANES AND THE "COLLECTOR DISTRIBUTOR" LANES ARE DIVIDED BY RAISED GUARD RAILS TO PREVENT SLOWER MOVING TRAFFIC FROM WEAVING INTO THE HIGH-SPEED LANES AND CAUSING TRAFFIC JAMUPS.

    IN BOTH ITS 14-LANE AND 10-LANE AREAS THE DAN RYAN HAS 10-FOOT WIDE SHOULDERS ON EACH SIDE, GIVING PLENTY OF ROOM FOR SAFE STOPPING OF DISABLED CARS. THE NEW EXPRESSWAY AT POINTS ALSO OFFERS STRIKING NEW VIEWS OF CHICAGO'S SKYLINE FROM THE LANDWARD SIDE. BUT THE SPEEDY HIGHWAY IS NO PLACE FOR GAZING AT SKYLINES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABFEM4ET4JJS5199AUWKRUDG8G
    Media URN:
    VLVABFEM4ET4JJS5199AUWKRUDG8G
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/12/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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