By Jon Hilkevitch
May 23, 2010
Whoever thought that talking on a cell phone while driving would be
considered a public service?
But that will be the case in one respect starting within the next few
weeks on the Eisenhower Expressway, where travel times have soared since
a resurfacing project began this spring between Thorndale Avenue in the
western suburbs and the Circle Interchange near downtown Chicago.
To generate travel-time information on the torn-up highway, the state
has hired a Wisconsin company to monitor signals sent from motorists
using Bluetooth-enabled personal electronic devices such as hands-free
headsets for cell phones, wireless headphones and computer peripherals.
Each device has a unique identification marker that will be tracked
anonymously at various points on the Eisenhower to determine travel
times and pinpoint areas of congestion, according to the Illinois
Department of Transportation.
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