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Michigan Department of Transportation  logo   Innovation Will Lead to a Safer, More Efficient I-75 in Oakland County

Fast facts:
- MDOT will be reconstructing more than 3 miles of I-75 in Oakland County beginning this summer.
- Using the innovative design/build contracting method will save time and money.
- This is the first segment of an overall plan to rebuild more than 17 miles of I-75 in Oakland County.

February 10, 2016 -- Improved safety and mobility is on tap in Bloomfield Township, Auburn Hills, and Troy as work to reconstruct more than 3 miles of I-75 will begin this summer, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). The project, between South Boulevard and Coolidge Road, will fix the poor pavement condition and is the first segment of an overall plan to rebuild more than 17 miles of I-75 between South Boulevard and M-102 (Eight Mile Road) in Oakland County.

"Using innovative contracting will keep costs competitive and shave several months off the project timeline," said MDOT Metro Region Engineer Tony Kratofil. "The result will be a safer freeway that has a positive impact on our state's economy and citizens' quality of life."

MDOT will be using a design/build contract to expedite the completion of this project and will announce project dates when they're available. The design/build method allows contractors to bid on the project with limited design documents, hire an engineering consultant to complete the plans (with MDOT approval), and will build the job as the project design continues. The innovative design/build model not only speeds up project completion, but also provides an opportunity for the contractor's team to design the most efficient ways to build the project, resulting in the best project for the least amount of taxpayer dollars. 

"I-75 is Oakland County's main street. Half of the county's businesses and workforce are located along its corridor," said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. "Making these improvements will have a positive, long-term impact on our businesses and quality of life."

Included in this estimated $127 million investment is the replacement of five bridges, reconfiguring the interchange at Square Lake Road, constructing an additional through-lane in each direction, and making improvements to the Adams Road carpool lot.

The interchange improvements consists of upgrading traffic movements to current design standards. Creating right lane exit and entrance ramps from northbound I-75 to Square Lake Road will address a high-crash location on the freeway. Despite constructing two new bridges to accommodate the interchange modernization, no additional right of way will be necessary as the reconstruction of the freeway will realign northbound I-75 adjacent to the southbound lanes within the existing freeway footprint.

2/10/2016 4:45 PM (Updated 2/10/2016 4:45 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Temporary, Overnight Lane Closures Scheduled for Meacham Road Interchange Work on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90)

Overnight lane closures are scheduled on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) and on Meacham Road beginning the week of February 15 as part of the Meacham Road Interchange Project. The bridge remains open during construction and is scheduled to be complete in 2016. 

 Weather permitting, beginning the week of February 15, overnight lane closures will be scheduled over five nights on I-90 and on Meacham Road to install new bridge beams. Work may continue into the week of February 22. Electronic message signs will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to the off-peak lane closures.

 On I-90, overnight closures will require one eastbound lane to close at 8 p.m. with a second lane scheduled to close at 11 p.m., with full roadway closures, each lasting 15 minutes, scheduled between 11:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. On westbound I-90, one lane will be scheduled to close at 10 p.m. and a second lane scheduled to close at 11 p.m., and traffic will be shifted to the right. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m.

On Meacham Road, one lane in both directions will also be scheduled to close nightly at 8 p.m. and reopen by 7 a.m.   

Traffic on Meacham Road is traveling on the new southbound side of the bridge while the new northbound side of the bridge is being constructed. Pedestrian access over the bridge remains in place throughout construction.

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

Work Zone Safety

A 35 mph speed limit is in effect 24/7 on Meacham Road and a 45 mph speed limit is in effect on I-90. Construction zone speed limits are in effect in all construction zones 24/7 and drivers should slow down in construction zones, whether or not workers are present, 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 a 14-year jail sentence for hitting a roadway worker.

Meacham Road Interchange Project

The Meacham Road Interchange Project is building a new, partial-access interchange connecting Meacham Road and the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90). The project will reconstruct the Meacham Road Bridge carrying traffic over I-90 and build two new ramps to create access to exit I-90 westbound at Meacham Road and enter I-90 westbound from Meacham Road. Work also includes improvements to Meacham Road between Thoreau Drive and Tower Road. In addition, the project also provides room for a future multi-use bicycle and pedestrian path on the east side of the bridge. The project cost is estimated at $51 million with work scheduled to be complete in 2016.

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

 

 

2/9/2016 8:26 PM (Updated 2/9/2016 8:36 PM)

Indiana Department of Transportation  logo   Four Design-Build Teams Compete to Widen I-65 in Lake County

Four contracting teams will compete to widen Interstate 65 in Lake County to three lanes in each direction as part of Governor Pence’s Major Moves 2020 highway program. The Indiana Department of Transportation short-listed all of the teams that responded last month to a request for qualifications:

    K-Five Construction Corporation with lead engineer Janssen and Spaans Engineering Inc.
    The Lane Construction Corporation with lead engineer Lochmueller Group
    Rieth-Riley Construction Company, Inc. with lead engineer AECOM
    Walsh Construction Company II LLC with lead engineer Parsons Transportation Group Inc.

“INDOT is moving quickly to identify a design and construction team that will provide work of the highest quality and best possible value for Hoosier taxpayers,” Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson said. “I want to thank all of the teams involved in the process for their efforts to ensure that the people of Indiana receive a modernized I-65 in Northwest Indiana on-time and on-budget.”

Design-build best-value

The four design-build teams will compete to widen and rehabilitate as much of I-65 as the $70 million project budget allows. The northern limits of the project are where I-65 currently merges to two lanes each way just south of U.S. 30 in Merrillville.

In March INDOT anticipates publishing its formal request for contracting-team proposals. The technical requirements will be performance-based to ensure motorists receive a quality product. More information is available at www.in.gov/dot/div/contracts/p3/lnj/LNJ.htm.

A similar procurement was used for the Major Moves 2020 project to widen I-69 north of State Road 37 in Hamilton and Madison counties. In December, Governor Pence approved a proposal that extended the project another five miles to Pendleton, delivering 18 percent more value for taxpayers.

More state funds for transportation

Since taking office in 2013, Governor Pence and the General Assembly have budgeted $1.26 billion in additional state funds for transportation. The 2014 legislative session provided the initial $400 million to widen and rehabilitate heavily-traveled interstates, and the current two-year state budget adds $200 million to Major Moves 2020.

In October, Governor Pence announced his 21st Century Crossroads proposal, a plan that would make $1 billion in new road funding available over the next four years without raising taxes. 21st Century Crossroads would put INDOT on a path to resurface 16,000 miles of state highways and repair more than 5,200 bridges over the next 15 years.

2/8/2016 10:10 AM (Updated 2/10/2016 5:04 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Lane Reduction on Eastbound I-24 in Massac County
The Illinois Department of Transportation would like to alert motorists traveling I-24 across the Ohio River Bridge between Metropolis, IL and Paducah, KY of an upcoming lane reduction.
 
Beginning Monday, February 8, 2016, eastbound I-24 on the Ohio River Bridge from Metropolis, IL to Paducah, KY will be reduced to one lane. This lane reduction is necessary to facilitate installation of new bearings on the structure.
 
Message boards and signs will be in place to alert traffic of the closure.
 
Please slow down and use extreme caution while traveling through this work zone. Workers will be present underneath bridge deck.

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

2/4/2016 6:05 PM (Updated 2/4/2016 6:05 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Intersection Improvement on Milwaukee Avenue at Golf Road and Greenwood Avenue

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that work to improve the intersections of Milwaukee Avenue (Illinois 21) at Golf Road (Illinois 58) and Milwaukee Avenue (Illinois 21) at Greenwood Avenue, in Niles and Glenview, will begin, weather permitting, Thursday, Feb. 11.

The project will modernize traffic signals, install signalized pedestrian crosswalks and construct sidewalk ramps in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Daytime lane closures will be necessary to complete the work. The project is scheduled for completion in Summer 2016.

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.

Click here to find details on other construction projects in IDOT’s District 1.

2/4/2016 5:58 PM (Updated 2/6/2016 8:53 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Traffic Signal Reconstruction on Golf Road at Michael Manor and Washington Road

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that traffic signal reconstruction will take place at the intersections of Golf Road (Illinois 58) at Michael Manor and Golf Road (Illinois 58) at Washington Road, in Niles, beginning, weather permitting, Thursday, Feb. 11.

Daily lane closures and occasional overnight closures will be necessary to complete the work. The project is scheduled to be completed in Summer 2016.

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.

Click here to find details on other construction projects in IDOT’s District 1.

2/4/2016 5:54 PM (Updated 2/6/2016 8:55 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Pre-Stage Work for Reconstruction of East River Road Bridge

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that pre-stage work for the reconstruction of the East River Road bridge, over Interstate 90, in Chicago, will begin, weather permitting, Monday, Feb. 8.

Motorists can expect intermittent, temporary lane closures on East River Road over Interstate 90. The project will also require temporary overnight closures and shoulder closures on Interstate 90 at East River Road.
A full closure of the bridge will take place in Spring 2016.

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.

2/3/2016 9:56 PM (Updated 2/6/2016 8:44 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Closures on Westbound I-55/64 for Bridge Deck Inspections
Collinsville, Illinois - The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that daytime single lane closures will be encountered on westbound and eastbound I-55/64 from the Poplar Street Bridge to and including the 13th Street/Tudor Avenue ramps.  Left and right lanes of I-55/64 and the 13th Street/Tudor Avenue ramps will be alternately closed (i.e., one at a time) to conduct required deck inspections on the bridges carrying these routes beginning Monday, February 15, 2016, weather permitting.  A minimum of one lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained during the lane restrictions.  The lane restrictions will extend through Friday, February 19, 2016. All lanes will be opened back up to traffic on eastbound on I-55/64 between 3:00 PM and
6:00 PM.  All lanes will be opened back up to traffic on westbound I-55/64 between 6:00 AM and 9:00 AM.
 
Significant traffic delays are anticipated, motorists are encouraged to consider alternate routes.
 
Traffic control devices will be utilized to assist motorists making their way through the work zone.  The Department asks that all motorists be patient and use additional caution when travelling near and through this work zone.  Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.
 
Additional information is available at http://apps.dot.illinois.gov/stl-traffic/

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

1/29/2016 6:07 PM (Updated 1/29/2016 6:07 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Harlem Avenue, 151st Street Intersection Improvement

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that temporary lane reductions will take place at the intersection of Harlem Avenue (Illinois 43) and 151st Street, in Orland Park, beginning, weather permitting, Wednesday, Jan. 27. The work is necessary to improve the intersection and modernize traffic signals.
 
The first stage of construction will take place on Harlem Avenue, adding a southbound right turn lane at 151st Street. Motorists can expect intermittent daytime lane closures on Harlem Avenue.

The second stage of construction will take place on 151st Street, adding a second eastbound left turn lane at Harlem Avenue. Traffic lanes on 151st Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

The overall improvements to the intersection will be completed, weather permitting, in Summer 2016.

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

1/26/2016 11:18 AM (Updated 1/30/2016 8:44 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Illinois 22, Old Barrington Road Improvements

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that lanes on either side of the intersection of Illinois 22 and Old Barrington Road, in North Barrington, will be reduced and may include daily lane closures, beginning, weather permitting, Monday, Nov. 2.

The reductions and lane closures initially will be required to build temporary pavement on the east and west sides of Old Barrington Road to accommodate the future construction of a new left turn lane on Illinois 22.

Once that work is complete, construction will continue, weather permitting, in late November on the north and south sides of Illinois 22, with the speed limit reduced to 40 mph through the work zone.

Once completed, the intersection will also include new traffic signals.  The project will be complete by July 2016.

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.

Click here to find details on other construction projects in IDOT’s District 1. Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at www.travelmidwest.com.

10/29/2015 4:39 PM (Updated 11/3/2015 1:33 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Replacement of Torrence Avenue Bridge

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that construction will begin in November on a total replacement of the Torrence Avenue bridge over the Grand Calumet River bridge in Chicago. The new bridge is anticipated to be finished and open in Summer 2017.
           
The existing bridge, approximately one mile south of 130th Street, was closed for emergency repairs in May after a routine inspection revealed one of the main truss members had deteriorated and was no longer safe. Subsequent evaluations determined more extensive repairs were required and available funding would be better spent on a long-term solution.

The bridge replacement already was included in IDOT’s FY2016-21 Proposed Highway Improvement Program at a cost of $13 million.

The current detour will remain in place until the project is complete. Northbound traffic is  detoured east on Sibley Boulevard, north on Burnham Avenue, northwest on Brainard Avenue and west on 130th Street to reconnect with Torrence Avenue. Southbound traffic is following the reverse route.

The new structure will replace a streel truss bridge built in 1938. The new bridge will have a more modern style and design, with a multiuse path on the east side of the bridge, as well as standard sidewalk on the west side, to better accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians.

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.

Visit www.idot.illinois.gov/projects/Torrence-Over-Grand-Calumet for more information on the project.

Click here to find details on other construction projects in IDOT’s District 1. Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at www.travelmidwest.com.

10/29/2015 1:46 PM (Updated 12/3/2015 9:21 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL-59 Improvements in West Chicago

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that there will be temporary, daytime lane closures on IL-59 (South Neltnor Boulevard) for various improvements between Dayton Avenue and Browning Way, in West Chicago, beginning, weather permitting, Monday, Sept. 28.

The scope of the work includes drainage improvements and new traffic signals at Dayton Avenue and Browning Way. A right turn lane will be built on northbound IL-59 to Dayton Avenue.

The project will be complete by May 2016.

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.

9/22/2015 3:47 PM (Updated 9/28/2015 11:39 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Lane Reductions on US-20 in Hanover Park, IL

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that lane closures will take place on US-20 (West Lake Street), between Bear Flag Drive/Ontarioville Road and Greenbrook Boulevard, in Hanover Park, for traffic signal improvement, the addition of turn lanes, entrance ramp improvement, pavement patching and storm sewer replacement, beginning, weather permitting, Monday, Sept. 28.

In order to complete the work, traffic lanes will be reduced from three lanes to two lanes in each direction. Additionally, storm sewer pipe installation and pavement patching will require additional, occasional lane closures.

The project will be complete by May 2016.

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.

9/16/2015 2:38 PM (Updated 9/21/2015 10:50 AM)

Keep Us Alive Drive 45 logo   Keep Us Alive Drive 45

Keep Us Alive Drive 45 is our commitment to keep workers and motorists safe in work zones. Each year, many people are killed in construction zone accidents, both commuters and workers. Please abide the posted speed limit in work zones. When workers are present, it's 45 M.P.H. - It's The Law.

Join us in our pledge to increase awareness and promote safe driving in our work zones by displaying an orange ribbon. Together we can make our roadways a safer place to commute and work. With your help, we can see to it that a construction zone is not an end zone.

8/21/2006 12:00 AM (Updated 1/21/2015 10:29 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Work Zone Safety

Click  Illinois Department of Transportation for a work zone safety message.

9/19/2005 12:00 AM (Updated 4/15/2015 10:08 AM)
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