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Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Extensive Bridge Reconstruction Work on Illinois Route 171

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that the $35 Million dollar bridge reconstruction work on Illinois Route 171 (First Ave) to repair all bridges on the southbound Illinois Route 171 will occur, weather permitting, starting March 30, with preliminary work beginning March 23.

In order to complete the work, lanes will be reduced, weather permitting, with the following details:

  • On March 23, preliminary work will start on the northbound lanes to prepare for and accommodate northbound and southbound traffic.
  • By March 30, all traffic will be on the northbound lanes of Illinois 171.
  • All ramps on the southbound Illinois 171 will be closed to traffic during the entire duration of the project and detour routes will be posted.

The project is expected to be completed by October 31, 2015.

Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment. 

Find details on other construction projects in IDOT's District 1 at http://goo.gl/upgvZu.

3/20/2015 7:40 PM (Updated 5/30/2015 7:13 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Weekend Lane Closures on Dan Ryan for Beam Installation at 63rd Street Bridge

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that the express and local lanes on the Dan Ryan Expressway (Interstate 90/94) will be closed during the overnight hours this weekend, weather permitting, for the installation of beams for the new 63rd Street bridge.

 
In order to complete the work, the inbound express left lane will be closed from 8 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday. The two inbound express left lanes will be closed from 11 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday,  with a full closure of the inbound express lanes from midnight Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday. The inbound local left lane will be closed between 1 and 7 a.m. Sunday.
 
Additionally, the two right inbound local lanes will be closed 11 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday, with a full inbound local lane closure between 1 and 5 a.m. Monday. Inbound express lanes will remain open. Access to the inbound expressway will be closed at 71st Street from 11 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday.
 
Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment.
 
Find details on other construction projects in IDOT’s District 1 at http://goo.gl/upgvZu. Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at www.travelmidwest.com.

 

7/31/2015 5:06 PM (Updated 7/31/2015 6:54 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Connector from US 30 to I-88 west of Rock Falls

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces today that weather permitting, construction work on the connector from US 30 to I-88 west of Rock Falls will begin on Monday, August 3, 2015. Three Star Painting will be cleaning and painting three bridges over Elkhorn Creek between US 30 and I-88 for the $293,000 project.


The roadway will be restricted to one lane in each direction as the two bridges on the mainline pavement are painted. Following completion of the first two bridges, the contractor will work on the bridge carrying the ramp for traffic from US 30 to westbound I-88. Because this is a one lane ramp, it will need to be closed while it is being cleaned and painted.
The ramp closure will begin in late August or early September. Drivers should be alert for the lane closures and for the signs regarding the future ramp closures.
Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.

For IDOT District 2 updates on Twitter, follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict2.

7/31/2015 2:54 AM (Updated 7/31/2015 2:54 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Herrin-Colp Road in Williamson County

The Illinois Department of Transportation would like to alert motorists traveling on Herrin-Colp Road in Williamson County of road construction beginning on Monday, August 3rd, 2015.

 

Beginning Monday, August 3rd, 2015, contractor will begin daytime patching operations on Herrin-Colp Road from Herrin Elementary School to Cambria Road, weather permitting. The work will be controlled by flagging operations. Delays are expected.

 

Message boards and signs will be in place to alert traffic of the closure.

 

Please slow down and use extreme caution while traveling through all work zones.

 

For IDOT District 9 updates on Twitter, follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict9.

7/31/2015 2:14 AM (Updated 7/31/2015 2:14 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   West Legion Hall Road in Dunlap

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that West Legion Hall Road in Dunlap will be closed from IL 91 to just west of Breckenridge Drive, starting Monday, Aug. 3.

The closure is necessary for construction of new pavement, curb and gutter in that area and is expected to continue through September.

Business access will be maintained from IL 91 during this time.

Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.

For IDOT District 4 updates on Twitter, follow us at https://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict4.

For updated traffic information and views from dozens of traffic cameras in Peoria and surrounding areas, visit http://www.gettingaroundpeoria.com/.

7/30/2015 2:23 AM (Updated 7/30/2015 2:23 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Bridge and Ramp Work Scheduled on Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88)

Lane reductions and shifts planned on ramp at the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to accommodate bridge repair work

 

  • Lane reductions are scheduled to begin next week on the ramp carrying westbound Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) traffic to southbound Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to accommodate work on the I-294 bridge over I-88.
  • Weather permitting, beginning the week of July 27, traffic is scheduled to be reduced to one lane on the ramp carrying westbound I-88 traffic to southbound I-294 to provide a work zone for bridge repairs.
  • The ramp is expected to stay in this configuration until mid-August.

Illinois Tollway Keeps Drivers Informed

The Tollway offers the following ways for drivers to get the latest travel information before they get on the road:

  • www.illinoistollway.com – Construction/Planning section, Tollway Trip Calculator, live roadway images and real-time roadway incident information
  • 1-800-TOLL-FYI – Daily lane closure and travel information
  • www.travelmidwest.com – Real-time travel times
  • www.twitter.com – Real-time roadway incident information at Tollway Trip 90, Tollway Trip 88, Tollway Trip 355 and Tollway Trip 94/294
7/29/2015 12:38 AM (Updated 7/29/2015 12:38 AM)

   U.S. 20, South Bend - 20 Minute Closures for Bridge Beam Removal

AVOID AREA: Complete Closures of U.S. 20 in South Bend for 20 Minute Intervals This Week Crews will be removing 54,000 lb bridge beams just west of the South Bend Airport

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces periodic 20 minute closures of U.S. 20, between Pine Road and W. Linwood Blvd, just west of the South Bend International Airport, beginning on Thursday, July 30th.

  • The closures are necessary to ensure driver safety as crews remove nearly two dozen pieces of bridge beams for the U.S. 31/20 Bypass bridge spanning over U.S. 20/Lincoln Way.
  • These 20 minute complete closures of all eastbound and westbound lanes of U.S. 20 will continue periodically throughout the day Thursday-Saturday and again on Monday (between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.).
  • Please note: Crews will be staging the crane and other equipment on Wednesday, July 29th.
  • Brief closures on U.S. 20 are possible beginning after 1pm on Wednesday. To avoid lengthy delays Wednesday-Monday, we are urging drivers to avoid this area.

Because the beams are so large, crews will shore up the center of the bridge, cut each of the 11 overhead beams in half, and then remove them in two pieces.

Drivers can monitor road closures and traffic alerts at any time via the INDOT Northwest District social media channels: www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Or visit http://www.trafficwise.in.gov for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.

7/29/2015 12:30 AM (Updated 7/29/2015 12:33 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Temporary, Overnight Lane Closures Scheduled on Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) in Boone County for Bridge Work

Work Scheduled at Garden Prairie Road Bridge as part of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project

 

Temporary, overnight lane closures are scheduled on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) in Boone County for construction of the new Garden Prairie Road Bridge over I-90. Reconstruction of the local crossroad bridge is part of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project and is scheduled to be complete this year.

The week of August 3, temporary, overnight lane closures on I-90 at Garden Prairie Road will be scheduled over two nights, including intermittent full closures of the roadway, for installation of new bridge beams. Electronic message signs will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to the overnight closures.

Weather permitting, overnight lane closures will begin in the westbound lanes, closing two lanes at 8 p.m., with temporary, full roadway closures, each lasting 15 minutes, scheduled between midnight and 3 a.m. All westbound lanes will reopen by 5 a.m., ahead of the morning rush hour.

Similar closures will be scheduled the following night in the eastbound lanes, closing two lanes at 8 p.m., with temporary, full roadway closures, each lasting 15 minutes, scheduled between midnight and 3 a.m. All eastbound lanes will reopen by 5 a.m., ahead of the morning rush hour.

The Garden Prairie Road Bridge carrying traffic over I-90 in Boone County is currently closed for reconstruction and scheduled to reopen this fall.

Reconstruction of the Garden Prairie Road Bridge is being coordinated with Boone County, Riley Township and the Illinois Department of Transportation, along with local school districts and police and fire departments.

The bridge, which was originally built in the 1950s, will be reconstructed to accommodate the new, wider I-90 roadway. The new bridge will be reconstructed to include one lane in both directions and shoulders. Up to 180 vehicles use Garden Prairie Road on a daily basis.

The bridge is among five local crossroad bridges scheduled to be reconstructed along I-90 this year to accommodate the new, wider I-90 roadway. Local crossroad bridges being removed and reconstructed in 2015 also include the Anthony Road Bridge in McHenry County, Higgins Road Bridge (Illinois Route 72) in Gilberts, with work continuing on the Tyrrell Road Bridge and the Higgins Road Bridge (Illinois Route 72) in Hoffman Estates.

Maps and construction project information about the I-90 local crossroad bridge projects are available in the “Projects by Roadway” section in the Construction/Planning section on the Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com.

7/29/2015 12:15 AM (Updated 7/29/2015 12:15 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Short-Term Closure of Park Boulevard in Itasca

Roadway closure and traffic shifts on Illinois Route 390 needed for pavement and storm sewer work as part of Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project 

Closures on Park Boulevard in Itasca are scheduled to begin and continue through mid-August for pavement construction and storm sewer work as part of the Elgin O’Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project. Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place to alert drivers in advance of the closure and detours. 

Park Boulevard is being realigned to accommodate construction of the new I-290 Interchange and the new Illinois Route 390. During the closures, the newly constructed Hamilton Lakes Drive will be connected to the existing Park Boulevard, which will provide Pierce Road with access to Illinois Route 390. 

Weather permitting, after 9 p.m. on Friday, July 31, closures of segments of Park Boulevard north and south of Illinois Route 390 (Thorndale Avenue) are scheduled to begin for pavement and storm sewer work and separate posted detour routes will be put in place for traffic traveling on both the north side and south side of the roadway.

Closures are scheduled to continue through mid-August. To help reduce the impact on businesses and hotels north of Illinois Route 390 and residents to the south, Park Boulevard will reopen from Monday, August 3, through Friday, August 7, with a modified detour. The partial detour during the week will remain on the north side of Illinois Route 390 (Thorndale Avenue) directing traffic to the newly constructed Hamilton Lakes Drive and Pierce Road to reach Park Boulevard. 

In addition, during the weekend of July 31, Illinois Route 390 (Thorndale Avenue) traffic at Park Boulevard will be reduced to one lane in each direction and all traffic will be shifted onto the eastbound lanes. Similar traffic reductions will be scheduled again during the weekend of August 7, and all traffic will be shifted onto the westbound lanes. Both weekends, the lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. the following Monday, in advance of the morning commute. Traffic signals at the intersection will be turned off during weekend construction. 

The Illinois Tollway is coordinating construction with DuPage County, the village of Itasca and local police and fire districts. 

I-290 Interchange Project 

Construction information about the I-290 Interchange Project is available in the “Projects by Roadway” section in the Construction/Planning section on the Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com. In addition, the public can follow the progress of the work on the I-290 Interchange Project and other work on the EOWA Project via camera images offering bird’s-eye-views are available online.

 Getting Tollway Construction Information

The Illinois Tollway has a variety of ways customers can get the latest travel information, including:

  • www.illinoistollway.comwww.illinoistollway.com – Construction/Planning section, Tollway Trip Calculator, live roadway images and real-time roadway incident information
  • 1-800-TOLL-FYI – Daily lane closure information
  • www.travelmidwest.com – Real-time travel times
  • www.twitter.com – Real-time roadway incident information at Tollway Trip 90, Tollway Trip 88, Tollway Trip 355 and Tollway Trip 94/294 
7/29/2015 12:00 AM (Updated 7/29/2015 3:17 AM)

Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   Lane closures on eastbound I-394 in Minneapolis and Golden Valley begin July 31

Motorists traveling on Interstate 394 between Golden Valley and Minneapolis will encounter slow moving traffic and lane closures as all eastbound traffic on I-394 between Highway 100 and I-94 is shifted onto the two HOV Reversible Lanes.

Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, July 31 construction crews will close the mainline lanes on eastbound I-394 between Highway 100 and I-94. During the closure, all eastbound I-394 traffic between Highway 100 and I-94 will shift to the two HOV/Reversible Lanes.

The mainline lanes of eastbound I-394 will remain closed for approximately two weeks. Motorists should expect significant delays during the morning and evening rush hours and plan accordingly.

Several ramps will also close:

  • Eastbound I-394 to Penn Avenue
  • Penn Avenue to eastbound I-394
  • Northbound Highway 100 to eastbound I-394

Southbound Highway 100 to eastbound I-394 will use the HOV ramp/lanes.

Construction crews will continue working on south Wayzata Boulevard between Penn Avenue and France Avenue. The boulevard will remain open for traffic, but motorists should plan for slow moving traffic and periodic traffic stops. 

Motorists are reminder that Lyndale Avenue over Dunwoody Boulevard/Hennepin Avenue will remain closed until the fall. Motorists are detoured to Dunwoody Boulevard to access westbound I-394 and to Hennepin Avenue, 11th Street and Linden Avenue to bypass the closure and continue traveling on Lyndale Avenue.

For more information about the project or to sign up to receive email projects updates, visit the project website at mndot.gov/metro/projects/i394minneapolis/

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5.1.1

7/28/2015 8:32 PM (Updated 7/29/2015 3:12 AM)

Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   Eastbound I-94 in St. Paul closed starting July 31

Motorists will encounter delays and a detour on eastbound Interstate 94 in St. Paul this weekend. I-94 between Highway 280 and I-35E will close at 10 p.m. Friday, July 31.

All eastbound I-94 ramps between Highway 280 and I-35E also will  close at 9 p.m. Friday, July 31.

Motorists should follow the posted detour using I-35E, I-694, I-35W and Highway 280 to bypass the closure.

In addition, westbound I-94 the left lane will close between Lexington Avenue and Cretin Avenue beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, July 31.

All lanes and ramps, with the exception of westbound I-94 to Highway 51/Snelling Avenue, will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3.

The closure is necessary so crews can pour the south side of the Highway 51/Snelling Avenue bridge deck spanning I-94.

To view all current closures and detours or to sign up for email updates, visit the project website at mndot.gov/metro/projects/snellingfalconheights/

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit www.511mn.org.

7/27/2015 10:13 AM (Updated 7/29/2015 1:13 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Illinois Tollway, IDOT and DuPage County Announce Opening of First New Ramps for Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project I-290 Interchange

Ramps improve access and provide free-flow travel to new Illinois Route 390

The Illinois Tollway’s Executive Director Greg Bedalov and Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom, Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn and DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin today announced the opening of three new ramps connecting I-290 to the new Illinois Route 390 as part of the Elgin O’Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project.

“I commend the state and local leaders on the progress made so far on one of the largest roadway projects in the state and across the nation,” said Governor Bruce Rauner. “The $3.4 billion Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project will bring needed congestion relief, reduced travel times, new access to O’Hare International Airport, as well as much-needed opportunities for economic development and new jobs for the region.”

“Opening these new ramps represents the realization of a decades-long vision for the western suburbs,” said Illinois Tollway Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom. “Motorists will begin to realize the benefits of a world-class, modern roadway relieving congestion today and opening the way for improved access to O’Hare International Airport.”

As part of the EOWA Project, the Illinois Tollway is completely rebuilding the I-290 Interchange at Illinois Route 390, formerly known as the Elgin O'Hare Expressway. The new I-290 Interchange will feature new third-level, multi-span flyover ramp bridge structures that will pass over both I-290 and Illinois Route 390. The new flyover ramp will provide free-flow travel between I-290 and Illinois Route 390.

Beginning Friday night, July 24, crews will work over the weekend to open the interchange’s first three new ramps to traffic, including the flyover ramp from westbound I-290 to westbound Illinois Route 390 and the ramp from eastbound I-290 to westbound Illinois Route 390, creating new, free-flow traffic movements to the west and eliminating the signalized intersection at Thorndale Avenue. A new ramp from westbound I-290 to eastbound Illinois Route 390 will also open in time for the morning commute on Monday, July 27.

“The Tollway’s completion of these initial ramps brings us one step closer to realizing the full benefits of a new interchange connecting I-290 and the new Illinois Route 390,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Greg Bedalov. “The Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project will enable the Chicago region to retain and strengthen its competitive edge over other major cities and unlock the economic potential of the region in the years ahead.”

“The Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project is a great example of how working together from the local level on up can get things done,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “This is a great day for regional transportation and helps to ensure the continued success in a part of Illinois that’s one of the state’s biggest economic engines. We are proud to have worked on this project from the beginning and look forward to the many milestones that lie ahead.”

The new flyover ramp completed by the Illinois Tollway connecting westbound I-290 to westbound Illinois Route 390 includes eight concrete piers with 6- to 8-foot-diameter columns and 54 steel girders to support the new ramp. The total length of the flyover ramp bridge is 2,100 feet with a bridge deck 34 feet above grade at its highest point. 

IDOT began construction this month on the second flyover ramp that will carry I-290 eastbound traffic to eastbound Illinois Route 390, with completion scheduled by the end of 2017.

“We are very excited to have improved connections between Illinois Route 390 and I-290,” said Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson, who is also a Tollway Board member. “The new ramps will significantly improve mobility benefitting local businesses, commuters and the area’s freight and manufacturing industries.”

“We look forward to working with the Tollway as we fulfill the promise this road carries with it for the communities and citizens who live here,” said DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin. “Together, we will continue to actively recruit new business and encourage existing companies to expand along this corridor, so that our local communities can attain the economic goals they set forth.”

Scheduled to be complete by the end of 2017, the I-290 Interchange Project is estimated at approximately $440 million and altogether will include 17 ramps and 15 new bridges in the interchange area between Meacham/Medinah Road and Prospect Avenue, including the new I-290 Interchange, the new Rohlwing Road Bridge and frontage roads, local access improvements and part of the new Illinois Route 390 roadway. The I-290 Interchange Project will create direct access with free-flow traffic movements to and from Illinois Route 390 in all directions and reduce travel times by up to 35 percent.

Currently, about 83,000 vehicles per day use ramps at the I-290 Interchange, with up to 127,000 vehicles per day expected to use the new interchange ramps when it opens in 2017 – an increase of more than 53 percent. Today, about 240,000 vehicles a day travel through the Illinois Route 390/I-290 area. By 2030, that number is expected to increase to 340,000.

The I-290 Interchange Project is part of the $3.4 billion Elgin O'Hare Western Access Project, which is included in the Tollway's 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Moving the Future.