Meet John Doe: Invite friends and family to Rockford for Labor Day

By Paul Gorski

I’m on the road to Chicago most business days, and very often, I take a bus to the Chicago Amtrak station. I wrote about this service and my good experiences with it last year — “Guest Column: Don’t wait for the train — take the bus to Amtrak, O’Hare and Midway” (June 27-July 3, 2012, issue). Read the article online at

Friends told me recently they were hesitant to hit the highways this Labor Day weekend, or have family come to visit, because of the road construction on I-90. I told them they had little to worry about.

Other than peak times and accidents, I-90 has been moving pretty well. I wouldn’t hesitate to invite friends to Rockford. Just have them plan some extra travel time.

If you haven’t been on I-90 into Chicago this summer, you’ve missed witnessing a wonderfully orchestrated construction process. I’ve driven nearly 1 million miles in my lifetime, and I’ve never seen such a well-coordinated road reconstruction effort.

They’re tearing up more than 40 miles of old road and laying new road, but the traffic usually moves very smoothly. Accidents can bring traffic to a crawl because of the narrower lanes, but accidents haven’t been much of a problem. Using my experience as a guide, your friends should have only minor problems getting here.

Of course, as with any holiday, there will be more travelers on the road. So again, tell your friends and family to plan a little extra travel time. If they don’t like to drive, have them take the bus, as the train isn’t quite here yet.

You’ll note I’m not encouraging you to head out on the highways. I’d like to see people come into town this holiday weekend, and not leave, even if there isn’t an On The Waterfront (OTW) festival to attend. Ah, how I will miss OTW.

Paul Gorski ( is a Cherry Valley Township resident who also authors the Tech-Friendly column seen in this newspaper.

From the Aug. 21-27, 2013, issue

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