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Michigan Department of Transportation logo   Blue Water Bridge Resurfacing Spring 2015

Fast Facts:

  • The original span of the Blue Water Bridge will be closed for resurfacing beginning in April.
  • The eastbound span of the Blue Water Bridge will accommodate both directions of traffic throughout the project.
  • This work will preserve the safety and reliability of the Blue Water Bridge.

The Blue Water Bridge international crossing in Port Huron will be partially closed beginning in April for resurfacing and waterproof undercoating on its original span. Work on the bridge is expected to be finished by July 1. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Blue Water Bridge Canada (BWBC), co-owners of the Blue Water Bridge, are coordinating the work on this project.

The original bridge, built in 1937, currently serves westbound traffic entering the United States. The eastbound portion of the bridge, built in 1997, will be used to accommodate both directions of international traffic throughout the project. Only one lane of traffic will be open in each direction across the bridge, with two lanes available in each direction as vehicles approach the toll plazas at each end of the bridge.

"This important project continues the long-term commitment of MDOT and BWBC to maintain and preserve the safety and reliability of the Blue Water Bridge," said MDOT Blue Water Bridge Manager Mike Szuch. "We will do our best to minimize and manage any short-term traffic delays for cross-border travelers."

Limited lane availability during this project will prevent the use of a dedicated lane for NEXUS and F.A.S.T. motorists, as well as buses. Wide loads will be restricted to less than 11 feet, and bicyclists cannot be accommodated during the construction. Due to the longer wait times expected at the border, motorists are encouraged to travel at off-peak hours if possible, or travel south to use the international bridge or tunnel crossings in the Detroit/Windsor area.

MDOT and BWBC have been seeking input and assistance from local border security and public safety agencies to ensure that the most efficient traffic plans are incorporated into this project. Traffic flow and sign placement are being developed to help reduce delays and keep vehicles moving safely. Staffs from both agencies also are refining their daily traffic management procedures to promote the efficient flow of vehicles during work, while also maintaining emergency vehicle access.

For Blue Water Bridge traffic updates and other bridge information on Twitter, follow www.twitter.com/MDOT_BWB and www.twitter.com/bluewaterbridge.

1/20/2015 11:04 AM (Updated 1/26/2015 3:09 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Traffic Stage Change on IL-59 in Aurora, Naperville

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that new traffic patterns for the ongoing IL-59 reconstruction and widening in Aurora and Naperville are scheduled to start taking effect, weather permitting, this afternoon.

Motorists should anticipate the following changes today:

Between North Aurora and Diehl roads, IL-59 traffic will be shifted to new pavement. Both northbound and southbound directions of IL-59 will continue to have two through lanes in each direction, with left-turn lanes at all of the major intersections.

Over the Reagan Memorial Tollway (Interstate 88), between Diehl and Ferry roads, IL-59 traffic also will be shifted to new pavement. Northbound IL-59 over the tollway will be reduced to one through lane, with a right-turn lane to the eastbound entrance ramp just north of Diehl Road. Southbound IL-59 will continue to be two through lanes over the bridge.

Starting Monday, between New York Street/Aurora Avenue and North Aurora Road, southbound IL-59 traffic will be shifted to the new southbound pavement, while northbound traffic will remain in its current configuration. Both northbound and southbound IL-59 will have two through lanes in each direction, including under the BNSF Railroad viaduct. Northbound and southbound traffic will be separated by a wide, barricaded work zone in the middle of the road, which will prevent left turns except at signalized intersections. 

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.

For additional information on the IL-59 project, visit www.idot.illinois.gov/projects/il59-reconstruction-and-widening-project.

12/19/2014 3:13 PM (Updated 12/23/2014 6:14 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Temporary Overnight Lane and Ramp Closures on Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) for Barrington Road Bridge Work

Closures scheduled for bridge deck work as part of the Barrington Road Interchange Project

Temporary, overnight ramp and lane closures are scheduled to begin week of Jan 26, on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) for construction of the new Barrington Road Bridge over I-90 in Hoffman Estates. The bridge remains open during construction and is part of the $68 million Barrington Road Interchange Project scheduled to be completed in 2016.

Weather permitting, work is scheduled to begin Friday night, January 30, for construction of the new Barrington Road Bridge carrying northbound traffic over I-90. This work will be done during overnight hours to minimize the impact on traffic. Electronic message signs will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to the overnight closures.

Weather permitting, overnight lane closures on I-90 will be needed in both directions, closing one lane at 8 p.m., followed by closure of a second lane at 10 p.m. Ramp closures are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. on the ramps carrying southbound Barrington Road traffic to eastbound I-90 and westbound I-90 traffic to southbound Barrington Road. Full closures of the ramps are necessary because both are directly under the bridge where the work is being completed. All ramps and lanes will be open by 5 a.m. on Saturday, January 31.

Similar overnight ramp and lane closures are scheduled on Monday, February 2, following the same schedule. All ramps and lanes will open by 5 a.m. on Tuesday, February 3, ahead of the morning rush hour. All work is weather dependent.

Barrington Road traffic is currently traveling on the southbound side of the bridge while the northbound side is being reconstructed. The existing interchange provides I-90 access to and from the east – but not the west. Once complete, the reconstructed and reconfigured interchange will create full access to I-90 from Barrington Road, reducing congestion and improving traffic flow. The average daily traffic on Barrington Road is approximately 30,000 vehicles to the north of I-90 and 45,000 to the south.

The public can follow the progress of the work on the Barrington Road Interchange and other work on the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project via camera images offering bird’s-eye-views on the Illinois Tollway’s website www.illinoistollway.com. Views of ongoing work at Barrington Road are updated every 15 minutes and available online.

Work Zone Safety

A 35 mph work zone speed limit is in effect in the construction zone on Barrington Road. The work zone speed limit on I-90 is 55 mph. Construction zone speed limits are in effect in all construction zones 24/7 and drivers should continue to watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution, especially when workers are present. Drivers should continue to watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution at all times.

Illinois State Police have zero tolerance for drivers speeding in work zones. The minimum penalty for speeding in a work zone is $375. Posted signs advise drivers of a $10,000 fine and 14-year jail sentence for hitting a roadway worker.

Barrington Road Interchange Project

The Illinois Tollway is building a new, $68 million interchange at Barrington Road on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90). The project will complete an existing partial interchange that currently only provides access to and from the east and provide access to a future Park & Ride facility planned by Pace. The project will create one, four-way signalized intersection on the Barrington Road Bridge and includes reconstruction of the existing ramps on the east side and construction of new access to and from the west.

The Barrington Road Interchange Project is funded in part by the Tollway's 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the village of Hoffman Estates. In addition, partnership with Pace, the project accommodates construction of one of the first Park & Ride facilities on the Illinois Tollway system. Pace is leading the design and construction of the new Park & Ride facility in coordination with the completion of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project by the end of 2016.

1/27/2015 12:39 PM (Updated 1/27/2015 12:40 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Construction Scheduled to Resume Next Week on Tyrrell Road Bridge Over Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90)

Work on the Tyrrell Road Bridge carrying traffic over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) in Kane County is scheduled to resume next week as work continues to remove and reconstruct the bridge as part of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project. Electronic message signs will be put in place to alert drivers to the start of bridge construction. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

Beginning the week of February 2, traffic will be shifted and reduced to one lane with temporary traffic signals to maintain traffic during bridge construction. Because the Tyrrell Road Bridge is a two-lane bridge, only one lane will be available to traffic during construction. Traffic signals will be used to control access for northbound and southbound traffic on the single open lane during construction.

Once the traffic signals are reactivated, traffic will be shifted to the new southbound lane and work will begin to remove the northbound side of the bridge. The northbound lane is scheduled to reopen by summer.

The Tyrrell Road Bridge was constructed as part of the original Tollway system in the 1950s and will be reconstructed and lengthened to accommodate the new, wider I-90 roadway. The new concrete bridge will include two lanes and shoulders. Up to 8,600 vehicles use this bridge daily.

Reconstruction of the Tyrrell Road Bridge is being coordinated with Kane County, the Illinois Department of Transportation, the village of Gilberts and townships of Rutland and Dundee, along with local school districts and police and fire departments.

Construction information is available in the “Projects by Roadway” section in the Construction/Planning section on the Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com.

1/27/2015 9:13 AM (Updated 1/27/2015 6:20 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Full Closure of 63rd Street Bridge Over the Dan Ryan Expressway

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that work on the 63rd Street Bridge over the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago has been re-scheduled to now begin Monday, January 26, 2015.

Work will require full closure of the bridge between early January 2015 and October 2015 with daily lane closures on Wentworth Ave. and Yale St.  Expressway motorists can expect nightly lane closures.

The following detour routes will be posted:

    EB 63rd St, to SB Halsted St., to EB Marquette Rd., to NB State St, to EB 63rd St.
    WB 63rd St, to NB Wentworth Av, to WB 59th St, to SB Yale St, to WB 63rd St.

Note that detour routes may change based on other construction projects in the area.

Local businesses will remain open and accessible during construction.

The anticipated completion date for this project is 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.

1/24/2015 9:50 PM (Updated 1/27/2015 6:20 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Overnight Lane Closures Scheduled on Tri-State Tollway (I-294) for Tolling Test Site Installation

Nighttime work to continue through the end of January

Overnight lane closures on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), including the open road tolling lanes at the Touhy Avenue Toll Plaza, are scheduled to begin the week of January 19, for work to install a new test site to improve toll collection equipment and study future technologies. The overnight closures are scheduled to continue through the end of January.

Weather permitting, at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21, one northbound open road tolling lane will close at the Touhy Avenue Toll Plaza, followed by a second lane at 10 p.m. to move cranes and materials into place. All open road tolling lanes will close at 11 p.m. and traffic will be routed through the cash side of the toll plaza. The plaza includes an I-PASS Only lane and I-PASS is also accepted in the cash plaza lanes. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m., ahead of the morning rush hour.

Additional overnight closures, including at the Touhy Avenue Toll Plaza, will be scheduled through January to complete test site installation.

Work includes installation of two, overhead steel gantries similar to the structures used to support overhead roadway signs. Each of the 18-foot-tall gantries will be set 30 feet apart to the north of the Touhy Avenue Toll Plaza, spanning the roadway. The test site gantries will be marked with a sign that says “Test Zone. No Tolls Taken.”

1/20/2015 12:22 PM (Updated 1/20/2015 12:22 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   I-70 from Smithboro to the Fayette County Line, Bond County

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that eastbound and westbound I-70 from Smithboro to the Fayette County Line east of Mulberry Grove will have one lane closed in each direction effective immediately.  These lane closures are necessary to install concrete headwall for pipe underdrains and remove concrete from the structures carrying Trapper Avenue, King Road and Mulberry Grove Road over I-70. This work should be completed and lane closures removed by February  27, 2015, weather permitting.

The Department asks that motorists be patient, reduce speed, and use extreme caution when traveling near and throughout this work zone.  Please allow for extra time when traveling in this location and watch for stopped traffic ahead.  Additional signing and traffic control devices will be provided to assist motorists through the work zones. 

1/13/2015 4:36 PM (Updated 1/13/2015 4:36 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   I-270 from IL-3 to I-55/70

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that nighttime lane closures will be encountered on I-270 eastbound and westbound from IL 3 to I-55/70 beginning on Monday, January 12, 2015.  The lane closures will be from the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. the following morning, weather permitting.  These lane closures are necessary to install new guardrail at several locations.  Traffic will be guided through the work zone utilizing flaggers, traffic control devices, and traffic control signing.  This work is expected to be completed by June 30, 2015.

1/6/2015 1:10 PM (Updated 1/6/2015 1:14 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL-161 in New Baden

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced lane restrictions will be encountered on Illinois Route 161, west of FAI Route 64, beginning Monday, January 5, 2015.  The lane closures are needed to construct drainage improvements, additional turn lanes, and intersection improvements at the intersection with Richter School Road in New Baden.  The contractor completing this work will be Bruce Moore Construction.
 
Traffic control devices and changeable message signing will be utilized to assist motorists during these lane closures.  The Department asks that all motorists be patient, reduce speed, and use additional caution when traveling near and throughout this work zone.

For IDOT District 8 updates on Twitter, follow us at https://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict8.

12/30/2014 4:08 PM (Updated 1/22/2015 11:54 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL-13 in Crainville

The Illinois Department of Transportation would like to alert motorists traveling near Illinois 13 in Crainville of an upcoming road closure.

Beginning Thursday, December 18 at 7:00 a.m. Donna Drive will be closed to all traffic from just west of Roland Machinery to Wolf Creek Road.  This closure is necessary to facilitate construction of a new ramp for the proposed diamond interchange at Wolf Creek Road.  This segment of roadway will be closed until Donna Drive is relocated to the south.  It is anticipated that construction will be complete in the fall of 2015.

Access to Clark Street, Sara Lane, all businesses and private residences will remain open via IL 13 at Samuel Road.

Message boards, signs and other traffic control devices will be erected to direct motorists.

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

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

12/17/2014 12:40 PM (Updated 12/19/2014 7:13 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Traffic Shifts Scheduled for Higgins Road Bridge Work on Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90)

Overnight lane closures planned throughout next week on I-90

Overnight lane closures are scheduled next week to shift traffic on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) so work can continue through the winter to rebuild the Higgins Road Bridge over I-90 as part of the Illinois Tollway’s $2.5 billion I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project. Higgins Road and the bridge remain open during bridge reconstruction.

Three nights of lane closures are scheduled next week for pavement striping and barrier wall placement to prepare for traffic shifts. Traffic shifts will allow the Tollway to continue to provide three lanes in both directions and a work zone for bridge reconstruction.

Weather permitting, beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17, one westbound lane on I-90 will close, followed by the closure of an eastbound lane at 8 p.m. and a second lane in both directions at 10 p.m. All lanes are scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. on Thursday, December 18, ahead of the morning rush hour.

The same overnight lane closures are planned for Thursday night, December 18, following the same schedule and also on Friday night, December 19, with all lanes scheduled to reopen by 7 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, December 20, with traffic shifts complete and all I-90 traffic will be shifted to the left with three lanes in both directions.

Traffic on I-90 will remain in this configuration through spring 2015. Construction information is available in the “Projects by Roadway” section in the Construction/Planning section on the Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com.

Work on the Higgins Road Bridge includes construction of two new steel bridge structures each with two lanes and full shoulders in each direction. Up to 24,900 vehicles use this stretch of Higgins Road daily. The Illinois Tollway is coordinating work on the project with the Illinois Department of Transportation and Cook County along with local municipalities, townships, school districts and police and fire departments.

All Higgins Road traffic is currently traveling on the eastbound bridge structure and is scheduled to be shifted onto the new westbound bridge in spring 2015. Traffic will remain in this configuration until the new eastbound bridge is completed in late 2015.

The Higgins Road Bridge is among 11 local crossroad bridges scheduled to be reconstructed along I-90 this year to accommodate the new, wider I-90 roadway. On the eastern segment of I-90, work also included the Bartlett Road Bridge. On the western segment of I-90, local crossroad bridges to be removed and reconstructed in 2014 include Town Hall Road, Pearl Street, Johnson Road, Shattuck Road, County Line Road, Harmony-Riley Road, Harmony Road, Hennig Road and Tyrrell Road.

I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project


The $2.5 billion Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project will deliver a 21st century, state-of-the-art corridor linking Rockford to O’Hare International Airport. The I-90 corridor from downtown Chicago to Rockford serves nearly one million travelers per day. The project encompasses 62 miles and includes reconstruction and expansion of I-90 to eight lanes from the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to Randall Road in Elgin and six lanes from Randall Road to I-39 near Rockford, as well as significant improvements to seven interchanges. The new I-90 will feature flexible infrastructure to enable the Tollway to add new “smart” features as needed and is accommodating transit options along the I-90 corridor for the first time in the agency’s history.

In 2014, the Illinois Tollway is scheduled to complete the reconstruction and widening between Elgin and Rockford. The eastbound lanes were completed in 2013. Work on the segment of I-90 from the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to Elgin is scheduled for 2014-2016.

12/12/2014 12:27 PM (Updated 12/12/2014 12:27 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Traffic Shifts Scheduled for Lee Street Interchange Project on Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90)

Lee Street traffic to shift to new side of bridge

The Illinois Tollway is scheduled to shift traffic during the week of December 8, on the Lee Street Bridge over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) as part of the Lee Street Interchange Project. The shift will allow work to rebuild the interchange to continue through the winter. The project is scheduled to be complete in 2015.

The Lee Street Interchange Project is reconstructing the Lee Street Bridge carrying traffic over I-90 and rebuilding the two existing ramps providing access to and from the east.

Weather permitting, during the week of December 8, one lane of traffic in each direction on Lee Street is scheduled to be shifted onto the reconstructed northbound side of the bridge carrying Lee Street traffic over I-90. The shift will take place during non-peak daytime hours and is scheduled to be completed before the evening rush hour.

Once the traffic shift is complete, the southbound side of the bridge will then be removed over the winter months. Reconstruction of the new southbound side of the bridge will begin in spring 2015.

Also scheduled the week of December 8, traffic on the eastbound entrance ramp and westbound exit ramp will be shifted back to the standard configuration with full lanes at the intersection with Lee Street. Traffic has been shifted to keep the ramps open to traffic during reconstruction.

The Lee Street Interchange Project is being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, village of Rosemont, city of Des Plaines, city of Chicago, Chicago Department of Aviation and the Federal Aviation Administration, along with local municipalities and police and fire departments. Up to 11,800 vehicles use the existing interchange daily.

Lee Street Interchange Project

The Lee Street Interchange Project is reconstructing the Lee Street Bridge over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), as well as the two ramps that make up the partial interchange, and includes improvements to Lee Street between Touhy Avenue and Upper Express Drive. The existing eastbound entrance and westbound exit ramps are being reconstructed with the same configuration. In addition, the project also provides room for a future multi-use bicycle and pedestrian path on the east side of the bridge and a sidewalk on the west side. The project cost is estimated at $25-$35 million with work scheduled to be complete in 2015.

The Lee Street Interchange Project is funded by the Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. The Lee Street Bridge and ramps were constructed as part of the original Tollway system in the 1950s.

Work Zone Safety

A 45 mph work zone speed limit is in effect 24/7 in the construction zone on Lee Street and the ramps, whether or not workers are present. Drivers should continue to watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution at all times.

Illinois State Police have zero tolerance for drivers speeding in work zones. The minimum penalty for speeding in a work zone is $375. Posted signs advise drivers of a $10,000 fine and 14-year jail sentence for hitting a roadway worker.

12/4/2014 12:57 PM (Updated 12/17/2014 6:36 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Update Regarding Detour on IL-127 over Kaskaskia River south of Carlyle

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that the Contractor on this project has encountered fabrication issues with the new bridge expansion joints causing a delay in the completion of the structure. This work is expected to be completed and IL-127 reopened to traffic in January of 2015, depending on weather. A marked detour route utilizing Slant Road and IL-161 will remain in place.

The Department suggests the traveling public follow detour signs and drive with caution.

For IDOT District 8 updates on Twitter, follow us at https://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict8.

11/21/2014 12:22 PM (Updated 11/22/2014 9:45 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Intermittent Lane Restrictions on Collinsville Road in St. Clair County

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that there will be intermittent lane restrictions on Collinsville Road in St. Clair County in each direction between Illinois 157 and I-255 beginning Wednesday, November 12, 2014, weather permitting.  These lane reductions are necessary to complete pavement widening and drainage improvements.  This work is expected to be completed by mid-summer 2015.
 
Travelers are advised to consider alternate routes or allow additional time to travel. The Department asks that all motorists be patient, reduce speed, and exercise added caution when traveling near and throughout this work zone.

11/7/2014 12:33 PM (Updated 11/21/2014 9:20 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Wille Road in Des Plaines Closed as Part of the Elmhurst Road Interchange Project

Closure through 2015 required for pavement reconstruction; a detour will be posted

A portion of Wille Road in Des Plaines is scheduled to close beginning Monday, October 20, until the end of 2015 to reconstruct pavement to better align with the new Elmhurst Road Interchange on I-90. Construction signs will be put in place to alert drivers in advance of the closure and detour.

Beginning on Monday, October 20, a portion of Wille Road will be closed east of Elmhurst Road to reconstruct the pavement and install new culverts. A signed detour will be put in place directing traffic to use Oakton Street and Mount Prospect Road to reach Wille Road. The closure will remain in place through the end of 2015.



 Access to all businesses on Willie Road will remain open. The Illinois Tollway is coordinating the road reconstruction with the city of Des Plaines and the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The work is part of the reconstruction of the Elmhurst Road Interchange on I-90. The Illinois Tollway is rebuilding the interchange ramps along with the Elmhurst Road Bridge to accommodate a new, full-access diverging diamond interchange at I-90 and Elmhurst Road as part of the $3.4 billion Elgin O’Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project. Diverging diamond interchanges are designed to eliminate left turns in front of oncoming traffic, smooth traffic flow and reduce congestion. Right turns work the same as they do at conventional interchanges, and traffic is controlled by signals.

The public can see how a diverging diamond interchange works via a video simulation on the Illinois Tollway’s website www.illinoistollway.com. The video shows how the design differs from conventional interchanges and demonstrates how the innovative interchange works.

Currently, the Elmhurst Road Interchange on I-90 is a partial interchange providing access to and from the east. These ramps were constructed in 1958 with the original construction of I-90. The Elmhurst Road Interchange Project will reconstruct the interchange and include new ramps to and from the west to provide full access. Existing ramp movements to and from the east will remain open throughout the project.

More than 20,000 vehicles a day travel through the Elmhurst Road Interchange. Work on the new interchange and traffic configuration is being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation and Cook County, as well as local municipalities and fire and police departments.

The $54 million Elmhurst Interchange Project is scheduled for completion in 2016 and is part of the $3.4 billion Elgin O'Hare Western Access Project (EOWA), which is included in the Tollway's 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Moving the Future.

10/17/2014 4:14 PM (Updated 11/21/2014 5:55 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Construction and Lane Reductions on IL-9 in Bloomington

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that construction is scheduled to begin on Illinois Route 9 from Royal Pointe Drive to Towanda Barnes Road in Bloomington. This project consists of patching, milling and resurfacing of the mainline pavement with hot mix asphalt starting October 6, 2014, weather permitting. During construction, one lane of traffic will be maintained.  

The overall project is anticipated to be complete by May 30, 2015, weather permitting. 

Special care will be needed as construction trucks will enter and leave the open lane of traffic. These trucks will be moving at a slow rate of speed and motorists will need to be alert.

For IDOT District 5 updates on Twitter, follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict5.

10/1/2014 12:30 PM (Updated 10/3/2014 9:17 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Traffic Shift, Bicycle Lane Closure on Mittel Drive in Wood Dale Part of Elgin O'Hare Western Access Project

Shift and closure required for bridge construction on Illinois Route 390

Traffic on Mittel Drive in Wood Dale will be shifted this week as part of the advance work to construct two bridges over Salt Creek and Mittel Drive as part of the Elgin O’Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project.

In 2014, the Illinois Tollway will begin construction of bridges to carry the new Illinois Route 390 over Salt Creek, Mittel Drive and Lively Boulevard. Each of these bridges will include two separate structures for eastbound and westbound traffic with three lanes in each direction as part of the construction of the new Illinois Route 390. Work on the bridge over Lively Boulevard began earlier this year.

Weather permitting, on Friday, September 26, traffic in each direction on Mittel Drive between Thorndale Avenue and Bauman Court will be shifted to the left and the existing bicycle lane closed.

During construction, bicyclists will be able to share the roadway with cars on Mittel Drive to access to the Salt Creek Greenway Trail. When construction is completed in 2015 a new multi-use, bicycle and pedestrian path will be constructed along Mittel Drive under Illinois Route 390.

The bridges are part of advance work to accommodate construction of Illinois Route 390 east of I-290 to O’Hare International Airport. Advance work includes widening and resurfacing Mittel Drive, construction of a stormwater detention pond between Salt Creek and Mittel Drive, as well as drainage and lighting improvements. The advance work is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

The EOWA Project is included in the Tollway's 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Moving the Future.

9/23/2014 5:37 PM (Updated 9/24/2014 7:30 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL-134 Resurfacing in Lake County

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that a resurfacing project on various locations of Illinois 134 between U.S 12 and Illinois 120 in Lake County is scheduled to begin, weather permitting, on Monday, Sept. 22.

In order to complete the work, motorists can expect daily lane closures with flaggers at various locations once construction begins. The anticipated completion date for this project is May 15, 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.

9/19/2014 3:19 PM (Updated 10/1/2014 1:51 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Rieder Road Closed, St. Clair County

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that Rieder Road will be closed except to local traffic from US-50 to Wherry Road.  This closure will be utilized to fully reconstruct Rieder Road and construct a new interstate interchange with I-64.  Rieder Road will be closed from September 9, 2014 to May 15, 2017, weather permitting.

A marked Detour Route using US-50 and IL-158/Air Mobility Drive will be implemented the day of the closure.  The Department asks that motorists be patient, reduce speed, obey all warning signs, and use additional caution when traveling near and throughout this work zone.

The contractor on this project is The Kilian Corporation/Keeley and Sons Joint Venture from Mascoutah, Illinois.  If you have any questions concerning this project, contact Steve Putz, Supervising Field Engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation, at 618-346-3350.

For IDOT District 8 updates on Twitter, follow us at https://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict8

8/27/2014 6:06 PM (Updated 10/15/2014 1:55 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   US-50 near Lebanon Reduced to One Lane

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that U.S. 50 over Little Silver Creek will be reduced to one lane 0.5 mile east of Lebanon beginning on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, weather permitting.  Two-way traffic will be maintained by temporary traffic signals.  This closure is required to perform bridge repairs. The overall project is estimated to be completed by the Spring of 2015.

The Department asks that motorists be patient, reduce speed, obey all warning signs, and use additional caution when traveling near and throughout this work zone.

The contractor on this project is Keeley & Sons, Inc. of East. St. Louis, Illinois.  Tom Borsch is the Supervising Field Engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation in this area.  If you have any questions concerning this project, you may contact him at 618-346-3352.

For IDOT District 8 updates on Twitter, follow us at https://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict8.

8/25/2014 3:55 PM (Updated 10/15/2014 1:34 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Lively Boulevard Closed South of Thorndale Avenue

Closure required for road realignment and new bridge to build new Illinois Route 390 as part of Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project

A portion of Lively Boulevard in Wood Dale is scheduled to close south of Thorndale Avenue beginning this week until the end of the year for the construction of a frontage road and bridges for the new Illinois Route 390 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 detour.

The bridges over Lively Boulevard are part of advance work to accommodate construction of Illinois Route 390 east of I-290 to O’Hare International Airport. Bridge construction is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

Beginning on Friday, August 1, a portion of Lively Boulevard will be closed south of Thorndale Avenue. A signed detour will be put in place directing traffic to use Richert Road and Central Avenue to access Lively Boulevard. Up to 3,400 vehicles a day use this segment of Lively Boulevard. Temporary, off-peak lane closures may be required along Thorndale during bridge construction. 

Work will begin with the construction of two new mainline bridges that will carry the new eastbound and westbound lanes of Illinois Route 390 over Lively Boulevard. The new bridges will include 18 steel beams supported by concrete supports on either side of Lively Boulevard with no center median pier.

In addition, work includes construction of a new, two-lane frontage road for eastbound traffic and the reconstruction and realignment of Lively Boulevard so it will travel continuously under Illinois Route 390. Currently, traffic traveling on Lively Boulevard must turn onto Thorndale Avenue before continuing onto Lively Boulevard.

A similar closure is also scheduled on Sivert Drive later this summer for frontage road construction, and a signed detour will be put in place for that closure as well. In addition, bridge construction to carry Illinois Route 390 traffic over Salt Creek and Mittel Boulevard is also scheduled to begin this year.

The Illinois Tollway is coordinating the bridge and frontage road construction with the City of Wood Dale and the DuPage County Division of Transportation.

The first phase of the EOWA Project includes building the new Illinois Route 390. The Illinois Route 390 Project scheduled to be complete by 2017 consists of widening and rehabilitation of the of the existing Elgin O'Hare Expressway, now known as Illinois Route 390, from Irving Park Road (Illinois Route 19) to Meacham Road/Medinah Road, reconstruction of Illinois Route 390 between Meacham Road/Medinah Road and Rohlwing Road (Illinois Route 53). The project also includes extending Illinois Route 390 east to O’Hare Airport along the current Thorndale Avenue with bridges and frontage roads to accommodate local traffic.  

The cost to build the new segment of Illinois Route 390 east to O’Hare International Airport from Prospect Avenue to Illinois Route 83 is currently estimated at approximately $210 million. The EOWA Project is included in the Tollway's 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Moving the Future.

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