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Indiana Department of Transportation   Work On IN-51 Bridge Halting Until Spring

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces that work on a bridge construction project on IN-51 just north of I-94 is halting until spring.

The project was originally set to finish by the end of 2018, but some design and construction delays pushed the timeline back relating to unforeseen soil conditions in the area. Because of those conditions, portions of the project needed to be redesigned, which necessitated a delay in the completion.

INDOT now expects the project to finish in summer of 2019. INDOT works hard to meet on time, on budget goals, but we also recognize the need to make changes to ensure a quality completed project for safe and efficient travel for Indiana drivers.

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

12/12/2018 11:17 AM (Updated 12/15/2018 8:29 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Weekend Ramp Closure Scheduled at I-55 Interchange on the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355)

Pavement repair work scheduled on the ramp carrying southbound I-355 to southbound I-55

An extended ramp closure is scheduled this weekend for pavement repairs on the ramp connecting the southbound Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355) to southbound I-55. Traffic will be detoured onto an adjacent ramp with access to both southbound I-55 and Joliet Road.

Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to the ramp closure and detour. The closure is necessary to safely provide a work zone for pavement patching on the ramp.

Weather permitting, the ramp to southbound I-55 is scheduled to close in the early morning hours of Saturday, December 8, reopening by 5 a.m. on Monday, December 10, ahead of the rush hour. A detour will direct traffic onto an adjacent exit ramp that accesses both southbound I-55 and Joliet Road.

In 2018, the Illinois Tollway has scheduled roadway, bridge and ramp work on throughout the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355). In addition, roadway lighting, signage and guardrail improvements are scheduled, as well as retaining wall and noisewall work.

The Tollway is repairing mainline and local crossroad bridges at the following locations: Cedar Road, US-6, Fiddyment Creek, 135th Street, Des Plains River, Internationale Parkway and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. Repairs are also scheduled on the ramps at Army Trail Road, North Avenue (Illinois Route 64), Roosevelt Road (Illinois Route 38), Butterfield Road (Illinois Route 56), the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), Ogden Avenue (Illinois Route 34), Maple Avenue 63rd Street, 75th Street, Boughton Road, I-55 and I-80.

The improvements are funded by the Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $14 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.

Maps and construction information about the I-355 Roadway Resurfacing and Repair work is available on the Tollway’s website at Illinoistollway.com via the Interactive Tollway map and under “Projects Overview” in the Explore Projects section. 

12/7/2018 11:12 AM (Updated 12/8/2018 8:35 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Fuel Stations and Convenience Stores at Des Plaines Oasis Permanently Closing December 14 to Allow New Interchange Construction

The 7-Eleven fuel stations and convenience stores at the Des Plaines Oasis will close Friday, December 14, to allow underground fuel tanks at the site to be removed so construction can proceed in 2019 on a full interchange that will connect the new I-490 Tollway to the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90).

The ramps and the parking areas at the oasis also will close at that time.

Following the closure, 7-Eleven will remove its underground fuel tanks and perform remediation work on the site.

After that work is completed, the Illinois Tollway plans to remove the remaining structures to allow construction of the new I-490/I-90 Interchange to proceed on that site in the spring of 2019.

“This is an exciting step that allows us to continue to moving forward with the construction of the new I-490 Tollway,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Liz Gorman. “The interchange that we’re building at this site will create a new connection with I-90 that will provide easier access to the western suburbs for our customers and ultimately offer drivers western access into O’Hare International Airport.”

The new interchange will consist of four ramps, including a ramp bridge over I-90 connecting westbound I-90 to I-490, constructed west of Mount Prospect Road and will provide full access between the two Tollways.

In addition, the I-490/I-90 Interchange Project will also include construction of a new multi-span bridge that will carry I-490 over the Metropolitan Water Reclamation of Greater Chicago’s Touhy Avenue Reservoir south of I-90. The project is scheduled to be complete in 2023.

Advance work began earlier this year to prepare for construction of the new ramps and bridges that will connect I-490 to westbound I-90. That work includes construction of collector-distributor roads along I-90, retaining walls and barrier walls, as well as drainage and utility work.

To accommodate interchange construction, the inside shoulders in both directions on I-90 between Elmhurst Road and Mount Prospect Road are closed to provide a work zone to complete the center pier construction for a future bridge over I-90. This work is scheduled to be completed this month.

The outside shoulders in both directions on I-90 are closed between the Oasis and Elmhurst Road to construct the noise wall, retaining wall, drainage and bridge substructures over Higgins Creek. This work will continue through the winter.

The new I-490 Tollway, coupled with the Illinois Route 390 Tollway which was completed in 2017, will connect businesses and communities with one of the nation’s busiest airports, transit facilities, major freight transportation hubs, distribution centers and multiple interstate highways including the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) and the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294).

Designed to accommodate access into the O’Hare International Airport, the two new cashless Tollways include 17 miles of new roads with 15 new or improved interchanges. The new I-490 Tollway will be built to carry north-south traffic around the western border of O'Hare and provide access to the airport. The Illinois Route 390 Tollway currently carries east-west traffic between Lake Street (Illinois Route 20) and Illinois Route 83 and will include an interchange connection to the new I-490 Tollway. 

12/6/2018 12:22 PM (Updated 12/8/2018 8:36 AM)

Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   Overnight lane closures on I-494 and I-694 in the east metro scheduled Dec. 5 through Dec. 22

Motorists on I-494 in Woodbury and I-694 in Oakdale will encounter lane closures as crews begin median work on Dec. 5.

Beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, the left lane will be closed in both directions of I-494 between Valley Creek Road and I-94/I-494/I-694 interchange.

Also, beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, the left lane will be closed in both directions of I-694 between 10th Street and I-94/I-494/I-694 interchange.

Near the interchange, both directions of I-494 and I-694 may be reduced to a single lane.

The median work is in preparation of the upcoming I-94/I-494/I-694 interchange and bridge reconstruction project scheduled to begin in spring 2019.

All lanes will reopen daily by 6 a.m. each morning, weather permitting.  The median work is expected to be completed by Sat. Dec, 22.

The Interstate 94/I-494/I-694 interchange and bridge reconstruction project will provide a smoother, safer, long-lasting road with updated bridges and some mobility improvements. Performing periodic pavement repairs at the appropriate times can greatly increase a road’s lifespan. The project helps ensure MnDOT’s transportation system will continue to serve the state for many years. Construction is expected to be complete by fall 2020.

For more information about the project, visit: www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i94-494-694/. Follow the project on Twitter @mndotnews for daily traffic updates. For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.

12/4/2018 2:39 PM (Updated 12/10/2018 9:32 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Additional inbound Kennedy lane opens

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that a new, fourth lane opened this morning on the inbound Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) between Cumberland (IL-171) and Harlem (IL-43) avenues. Occasional, nighttime lane closures should still be anticipated until the project is fully complete.

The overall inbound Kennedy project consisted of widening and resurfacing expressway between Cumberland and Harlem avenues, as well as the installation of new retaining walls, sign structures and storm sewers. 

The improvements were done in conjunction with the new Cumberland Flyover, a two-lane bridge that opened in September, spanning both I-190 and the Chicago Transit Authority’s Blue Line to better accommodate the inbound Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) exiting onto the busy Cumberland Avenue interchange, removing a longtime bottleneck. A new collector-distributor road from inbound I-190 also connects to the new ramp and the jobs and businesses along Cumberland Avenue.  

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.

12/4/2018 2:27 PM (Updated 12/5/2018 11:18 AM)

Indiana Department of Transportation   IN-331 (Capital Ave.) bridge to close for beam settings

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces that the IN-331 (Capital Avenue) bridge over the St. Joseph River will close for about a week starting Monday, Dec. 10.

That bridge is in the midst of a two-year reconstruction project and is closing so crews can set new beams on the southbound portion of the bridge.

Currently, one lane of traffic is flowing in each direction over the northbound side. However, to place these beams, crews will need to position large cranes in those lanes.

Northbound drivers on IN-331 will be detoured east on IN-933 (Lincolnway East), north on Bittersweet Road and west on McKinley Highway back to IN-331. Southbound drivers on IN-331 will be detoured east on McKinley Highway, south on Bittersweet Road and west on IN-933 back to IN-331.

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

12/4/2018 1:34 PM (Updated 12/8/2018 8:55 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Traffic Shifts Scheduled in December on Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) Between I-290 and York Road

Work to move traffic into its winter configuration on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) between I-290 and York Road is scheduled to begin next week on the I-88 Reconstruction Project in Oak Brook. The work includes the removal of the westbound counterflow lane traveling on the eastbound side of I-88.

Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to the traffic shift. Temporary lane closures and traffic shifts are necessary to provide a work zone and safely accommodate traffic. All work is weather dependent.

Beginning the week of December 3, overnight lane closures will be scheduled in both directions on I-88 and on the ramp connecting southbound I-294 to westbound I-88 to return traffic to its pre-construction configuration. The westbound traffic shift is scheduled to be removed first, which includes the elimination of the counterflow lane in which one lane of westbound traffic has been traveling on the eastbound side of I-88 since April. Upon completion of the shift, three lanes of westbound traffic will be open to customers. Crews will then begin work to remove the eastbound traffic shift. All work to move traffic into the winter configuration is expected to be complete during the week of December 17.

Over the winter, a portion of the westbound I-88 shoulder in the work zone will remain closed for median barrier wall work. In addition, the eastbound shoulder on the Roosevelt Road Bridge will remain closed for ongoing bridge work.

Traffic will remain in this configuration until the spring of 2019, when work will begin to reconstruct the eastbound side of I-88.

 In addition, work on the York Road Bridge over I-88 is scheduled to be complete by mid-December. All traffic is currently traveling on the northbound side of the bridge, providing for one lane of traffic in both directions on York Road over I-88. 

11/30/2018 4:52 PM (Updated 12/8/2018 8:47 AM)

Indiana Department of Transportation   Traffic pattern change coming to I-65 next week

Traffic Pattern to Change on I-65 in Lake County as Part of Bridge Project


The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is announcing a new traffic configuration on I-65 in Lake County between I-94 and US-12/20 as part of a bridge deck replacement project.

The southbound bridge over Central Avenue and the CSX Railroad tracks is being replaced in a project that started earlier this year. On or after Tuesday, Nov. 27, the traffic pattern in that area will change.

Northbound I-65 will go back to being two lanes heading northbound, with no southbound traffic flowing on I-65 through that corridor. Because of this change, the exit ramps connecting the I-80/90 Indiana Toll Road and 15th Avenue to southbound I-65 will be closed.

This configuration is expected to remain in place until summer 2019.

Detours for these closed ramps are as follows: From the Toll Road, motorists will take Exit 21 to westbound I-94 to connect to southbound I-65; From 15th Avenue, motorists will detour west on 15th  Avenue, east on Central Avenue and west on I-94 to southbound I-65.

11/21/2018 3:42 PM (Updated 11/22/2018 9:14 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project Between Rosemont and Franklin Park Nearing Winter Configuration

Work to move traffic into its winter configuration on the northern section of the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project between Balmoral Avenue in Rosemont and Wolf Road in Franklin Park is scheduled to begin with a final traffic shift this week. Once the shift is complete, the ramps connecting Irving Park Road to northbound I-294 will also reopen.

Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to the traffic shift. The temporary lane closures and traffic shifts are necessary to provide a work zone and safely accommodate traffic.

Weather permitting, on Monday, November 19, traffic between Balmoral Avenue and Wolf Road is scheduled to be reduced to a single lane in both directions beginning at 10 p.m. During this time delays are expected. By 6 a.m. on Tuesday, November 20, all lanes will be reopened and shifted back into their pre-construction configuration.

The ramps connecting Irving Park Road to northbound I-294 in Schiller Park, which have been closed since July, are scheduled to reopen the evening of Tuesday, November 20.

While major advance work is complete, some shoulders will remain closed and off-peak mainline and local lane closures will be needed to wrap up median, signage and roadway lighting work. No additional traffic shifts or long-term lane reductions will be scheduled until construction on the project resumes in 2019.

Work on the Central Tri-State began earlier this year to repair, resurface and widen I-294 to five lanes between Balmoral Avenue and Wolf Road in Franklin Park, as well as to reconstruct barrier walls, medians and shoulders in this area.

Construction in this area was coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, Chicago Department of Aviation, Village of Schiller Park, Village of Rosemont and Village of Franklin Park, as well as local fire and police departments.

The Central Tri-State Tollway is being reconstructed to provide congestion relief, update old infrastructure to meet current and future transportation demand and address regional needs. This work is part of the Tollway’s 15-year program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. More than 220,000 vehicles use the Central Tri-State Tollway daily.

A detailed planning and refinement process is underway to complete design and construction plans for reconstruction of the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294), including reconfiguring the I-290/I-88 Interchange at I-294, rebuilding the Mile Long Bridge and the BNSF Railway Bridge as well as integrating Flex Lanes and SmartRoad technology. The Central Tri-State Concept includes findings and draft recommendations being considered and evaluated by the Tollway as it moves forward in the reconstruction of the Central Tri-State.

Maps, construction and detour information about the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project is available on the Tollway’s website at illinoistollway.com via the Interactive Tollway Map and under “Projects Overview” in the Explore Projects section.

11/19/2018 10:35 AM (Updated 11/21/2018 11:24 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Packers Avenue to Close Nov. 15
The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that a full closure on Packers Avenue, the IL-3 Spur, between Riverpark Drive and North B Street in East St. Louis is set Thursday, Nov. 15, weather permitting.  
 
Starting at 7 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, Packers Avenue will be closed between Riverpark Drive and North B Street in East St. Louis.  There will be a posted detour for Packers Avenue along North B Street and Riverpark Drive.  The closure is necessary to demolish a section of the Martin Luther King approach structure that carries traffic over Packers Avenue.
 
The Packers Avenue closure is expected to reopen by the end of this year.
 
Delays are expected.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes and consider alternate forms of transportation during this closure period.

Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at http://stl-traffic.org.
 
For IDOT District 8 updates on Twitter, follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict8.
11/13/2018 3:45 PM (Updated 11/17/2018 8:22 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   19th Street Work Nearing Completion
The Illinois Department of Transportation is pleased to announce that the
westbound Interstate 74 expansion south of Avenue of the Cities and the reconstruction of 19th Street is nearing completion. 

Weather permitting, by the close of business on Friday, Nov. 9, the I-74
concrete barriers will be removed and the northbound 19th Street lanes will be opened. The 12th Avenue and 19th Street intersection will also be reopened and will operate as a four-way stop. Southbound 19th Street will remain closed from 12th Avenue to Avenue of the Cities to facilitate water main work.

IDOT gives special recognition to Walsh Construction Co. for successfully completing this portion of the project ahead of schedule. However, the public should remain aware and alert for miscellaneous construction activities involving intermittent temporary lane and shoulder closures still occurring this month.

The 19th Street work in Moline and I-74 work being completed this construction season is part of two multi-year projects in Illinois associated with the I-74 corridor expansion and Mississippi River Bridge replacement project. Construction for the entire project is anticipated to be complete in 2021.

Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.
 
For IDOT District 2 updates on Twitter, follow us at 
11/8/2018 4:22 PM (Updated 11/10/2018 8:36 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Lane Restrictions For Plum Street Begin Nov. 6
The Illinois Department of Transportation announces daytime lane restrictions will be encountered along IL-159/Plum Street, south of Governor's Parkway, in Edwardsville.  

These lane restrictions will be in place from Nov. 6 to Dec. 31.  These restrictions are required for turn lane and intersection improvements. 
 
Traffic control devices will be utilized to assist motorists during these restrictions. IDOT asks that motorists be patient, reduce speed, obey all warning signs and use additional caution when traveling near this work zone. 

Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at http://stl-traffic.org.
 
For IDOT District 8 updates on Twitter, follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict8.   
11/2/2018 4:43 PM (Updated 11/7/2018 11:26 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   New Traffic Pattern and Ramp Closures Scheduled This Week on 159th Street as Work Continues on Bridge Over Tri-State Tollway (I-294)

A traffic shift and ramp closures are scheduled at the 159th Street Interchange on Tri-State Tollway (I-294) this week to move all traffic onto the new eastbound side of the bridge over the Tollway to accommodate reconstruction of the westbound side. Traffic is expected to remain in this configuration into 2019.

Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place in advance to alert drivers. The new traffic pattern and ramp closures are necessary to provide a work zone and safely accommodate traffic during bridge reconstruction.

Weather permitting, during the early morning hours on Thursday, November 1, 159th Street traffic in both directions will be shifted onto the new portion of the bridge providing for one lane of traffic in both directions on 159th Street over I-294.

Simultaneously, the ramps connecting eastbound 159th Street to northbound I-294 and southbound I-294 to eastbound 159th Street are scheduled to reopen and the ramps carrying traffic from westbound 159th Street to southbound I-294 and from northbound I-294 to westbound 159th Street are scheduled to close.

Detours will be posted for ramp traffic. The detour for westbound 159th Street to southbound I-294 will direct traffic to I-57 and I-80. The detour for northbound I-294 to westbound 159th Street will direct traffic to Dixie Highway, 167th Street and Kedzie Avenue.

On I-294, traffic in both directions is shifted to the right with the same number of lanes open as were in place before construction began and will continue to remain in this configuration.

In 2018, the Illinois Tollway began improvements at the 159th Street Interchange to coordinate with future local improvements planned for 159th Street. Work includes rebuilding the existing 159th Street Bridge and reconstructing four ramps at the 159th Street Interchange: southbound I-294 to eastbound 159th Street, eastbound 159th Street to northbound I-294, northbound I-294 to westbound 159th Street and westbound 159th Street to southbound I-294. Lighting and drainage structures will also be upgraded.

The 159th Street Bridge Project will extend the life of the interchange, increase traffic capacity and provide safe and convenient travel for Tollway customers. More than 13,000 vehicles use this interchange daily.

Maps, construction and detour information about the 159th Street Bridge Project is available on the Tollway’s website at illinoistollway.com via the Interactive Tollway Map and under “Projects Overview” in the Explore Projects section.

The project is being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Cook County and local fire and police departments.  

10/29/2018 12:22 PM (Updated 11/3/2018 11:42 AM)

Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   Forest Lake Rest Area Closure Extended Through December

The Forest Lake Rest Area closure has been extended through December 2018 while crews construct a new roof for the rest area building. Roof construction will begin at the end of October and continue through December. For safety reasons, the southbound I-35  access to the rest area will also remain closed until work is completed.

Motorists and truckers are encouraged to plan ahead, as the two closest rest areas for southbound I-35 travelers are the General Andrews Rest Area, 77 miles to the north, or the New Market Rest Area, 58 miles to the south.

The work is part of the I-35 North Metro Split project, which includes resurfacing the existing pavement from the I-35W/I-35E split to MN-8; replacing the MN-97 bridge with a diverging diamond interchange;  replacing the northbound I-35W bridge over I-35E and the westbound MN-8 bridge over I-35. The project will provide a better ride quality, as well as improve safety and traffic flow at the MN-97 interchange. Additional information is available at www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/i35northmetrosplit.

Major construction for the project is expected to take place in 2018 and 2019. Motorists should anticipate long-term lane closures during each year of construction. Check 511 for real-time traffic updates: www.511mn.org

10/23/2018 12:00 PM (Updated 10/27/2018 10:27 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Long Term Lane Closures Scheduled To Begin Next Week On Waukegan Road As Part Of The Edens Spur Tollway (I-94) Improvemant Project

The Illinois Tollway is scheduled to begin repair work next week on the Waukegan Road Bridge carrying traffic over the Edens Spur Tollway (I-94) in Northbrook as part of the ongoing improvement project.

Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place to alert drivers to scheduled lane closures, traffic patterns and work zone speed limits. Delays are expected

Beginning the week of October 22, work is scheduled to begin and continue into early December. The bridge will remain open; however, traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction over I-94 to safely accommodate traffic and repair work.

The work is being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Cook County and the Village of Northbrook, as well as local municipalities, fire and police departments.

In 2018, the Illinois Tollway is repairing the Edens Spur Tollway from Lake Cook Road to Pfingsten Road and beginning reconstructing the roadway from Pfingsten Road to the Edens Expressway.

The Edens Spur Improvement Project will involve removing and replacing all the existing mainline asphalt pavement and repairs to concrete pavement, including replacing or repairing mainline bridges. Additional work includes replacing the Pfingsten Road Bridge, repairing the Waukegan Road Bridge over the Edens Spur, constructing the barrier separated median with stormwater improvements and upgrading ITS and roadway lighting. All work is scheduled to be complete in 2020.

Originally constructed in 1958, the Edens Spur consists of two lanes in each direction with 4-foot wide inside shoulders and 11-foot wide outside shoulders and an open grass median. Up to 57,000 vehicles use the Edens Spur daily.

These repairs are necessary to extend the life of the roadway and provide safe and convenient travel for Tollway customers. This work is part of the Tollway’s 15-year program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.

Maps and construction about the Edens Spur Tollway repairs are available on the Tollway’s website at Illinoistollway.com via the Interactive Tollway Map and under “Projects Overview” in the Explore Projects section. 

10/18/2018 3:55 PM (Updated 10/20/2018 8:17 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Lyons: Lane Closures On First Avenue Begin Oct. 26

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that repairs to First Avenue (IL-171) over Salt Creek in Lyons will begin Friday, Oct. 26, weather permitting.

The project consists of deck repairs, joint replacements and installation of a concrete overlay that will improve the service life of the bridge as well as traveling conditions for the public.

First Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction until the project is finished in December.
 
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.

For IDOT District 1 updates on Twitter, follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict1.  

10/18/2018 12:02 PM (Updated 10/20/2018 8:55 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Lane closures on First Avenue in Lyons

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that repairs to Salt Creek over First Avenue (IL-171), in Lyons, will begin, weather permitting, Friday, Oct. 26.

The project consists of deck repairs, joint replacements and installation of a concrete overlay that will improve the service life of the bridge as well as traveling conditions for the public.

First Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction until the project is finished in December.

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.

10/17/2018 7:42 PM (Updated 10/18/2018 11:43 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Daytime Lane Closures On US-20 In McHenry County

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the reconstruction and conversion to a roundabout of the intersection of US-20 and Harmony Road, in unincorporated McHenry County, will require daytime, temporary lane closures beginning, weather permitting, Tuesday, Oct. 23.

The project consists of the relocation of utilities and the installation of temporary pavement on the western side of US-20 and on the west leg of Harmony Road. The temporary pavement will accommodate traffic during the staged construction, expected to begin in Spring 2019.

The work is expected to be complete by Spring 2020.

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

10/17/2018 11:56 AM (Updated 11/21/2018 11:22 AM)

Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   I-35W southbound lane closures over the Minnesota River in Bloomington, Burnsville begin Oct. 18

Motorists traveling southbound on Interstate 35W between 106th Street in Bloomington and Cliff Road in Burnsville should plan for alternating lane closures on southbound I-35W beginning Oct. 18.

Motorists will encounter alternating lane closures on southbound I-35W between 106th Street and Cliff Road beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 as crews begin implementing a long term lane closure. Once Complete, southbound I-35W will be reduced from four lanes to three lanes through summer of 2021.

At that same time, crews will close the 106th Street ramp to southbound I-35W through the summer of 2021. Motorists should follow the signed detour using northbound I-35W and 98th Street to access southbound I-35W.

These lane and ramp closures are part of a multiyear project to replace the I-35W Minnesota River Bridge between Burnsville and Bloomington. The work will include reconstructing the I-35W Bridge spanning the Minnesota River and 106th Street, replacing pavement from Cliff Road to 106th Street and constructing a trail between Black Dog Road and Lyndale Avenue.

MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slowdown in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

For more information about this project or to sign up for email updates, visit: mndot.gov/metro/projects/i35wbloomington

10/9/2018 3:09 AM (Updated 10/9/2018 3:09 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Construction begins at I-55 and Weber Road

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that the reconstruction of the I-55-Weber Road interchange and other capacity improvements begin on Thursday, Oct. 4. The project in Romeoville and Bolingbrook will improve travel times and cut down on crashes in a high-growth area.

Starting Thursday, weather permitting, Weber Road approaching I-55 will be reduced to one lane in each direction during off-peak hours to prepare the work zone with temporary pavement, traffic signals and lighting. The temporary measures are necessary so Weber Road can remain two lanes in each direction until the project wraps up in late 2021.

The closures will take place this fall and next spring, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., with some overnight closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. 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.

The larger improvements, scheduled to begin in late spring, consist of adding a third lane to each direction of Weber Road between 135th Street/Romeo Road and 119th Street/Rodeo Road, with modernized traffic signals and a barrier median.

The Weber Road interchange with I-55 will be rebuilt in a diverging diamond design, the second by IDOT in the Chicago area. By essentially routing traffic to the opposite side of the road and eliminating left turns across traffic, the design has helped to cut the number of crashes in half in some locations. To accommodate the new design, a second Weber Road bridge will be built over I-55.

A simulation of how the interchange will work can be viewed on IDOT’s YouTube channel or by clicking here.  

10/3/2018 12:51 PM (Updated 11/21/2018 11:21 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Long-Term Lane Closures Scheduled to Begin on 55th Street Over the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294)

he Illinois Tollway is scheduled to complete local crossroad bridge repair work on 47th Street in September and then begin work on the 55th Street over the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), as well as 55th Street bridges over Flagg Creek in Cook and DuPage Counties this week.

Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to the start of bridge repairs and new traffic patterns.

In the early morning of Friday, September 14, all lanes on the 47th Street Bridge carrying traffic over I-294 are scheduled to reopen. Once that is complete, traffic on each of the 55th Street bridges is scheduled to be reduced to one lane in each direction and shifted.

Repairs on all of the 55th Street bridges are scheduled to be completed in two stages with lane closures expected to be in place for up to three months. Please check the Daily Construction Alert for up-to-date closure information.

Bridge repairs include pavement patching, bridge deck repairs, bridge joint replacement and repairs on bridge beams, piers and girders.

In 2018, the Illinois Tollway is repairing eight local crossroad bridges including Cermak Road, 31st Street, 47th Street, 55th Street, Willow Springs Road and 5th Avenue over I-294 and the 47th Street and 55th Street bridges over Flagg Creek.

Repair work is being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Cook County, DuPage County, local communities, as well as local fire and police departments.

Information about the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) local crossroad bridge repairs is available on the Tollway’s website at illinoistollway.com via the Interactive Tollway Map and under “Projects Overview” in the Explore Projects section.  

9/11/2018 5:18 PM (Updated 9/15/2018 8:48 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL-120 Repairs In Park City, Waukegan and Gurnee

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that improvements to IL-120 between Green Bay Road and Greenleaf Street, in Park City, Waukegan and Gurnee, will start this week.

The project consists of rehabilitation of the bridges and pavement on eastbound IL-120. Lane reconfigurations and closures will be required to continue maintaining one lane of traffic in each direction. The maximum width of vehicles permitted between Knight Avenue and Greenleaf Street will be 11 feet 6 inches.

The work is expected to be complete by the end of December.

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.

8/21/2018 1:41 PM (Updated 8/26/2018 3:36 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Orchard Road Ramp Work Scheduled to Begin This Week on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) in Aurora

Work scheduled on all four ramps this year

The Illinois Tollway is scheduled to begin ramp reconstruction and repair work at the Orchard Road Interchange on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) in Aurora this week. The ramps will remain open during construction. Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place to alert drivers in advance.

Weather permitting, Thursday, August 9, the left side of the ramps connecting westbound I-88 to Orchard Road and Orchard Road to eastbound I-88 will close from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily for shoulder work in preparation for ramp reconstruction.

Beginning the week of August 13, traffic on the ramps is scheduled to shift to the left to provide a work zone on the right. In addition, one turn lane on the ramp connecting westbound I-88 to Orchard Road is scheduled to close. Delays are expected. Customers can also use the Illinois Route 31 exit to reach Orchard Road.

The Illinois Tollway has scheduled work on two ramps at Orchard Road. The ramps connecting westbound I-88 to Orchard Road and Orchard Road to eastbound I-88 will be reconstructed. Reconstruction work is scheduled to be complete at the interchange by the end of the year.

Construction is being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Kane County, City of Aurora and the Village North Aurora as well as local fire and police departments.

Maps and construction information about the I-88 Interchange Improvements is available on the Tollway’s website at Illinoistollway.com via the Interactive Tollway map and under “Projects Overview” in the Explore Projects section.   

8/8/2018 7:37 PM (Updated 8/11/2018 8:49 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Ramp Closures On The Kennedy Expressway, Part Of Jane Byrne Interchange Project

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that ramp closures will begin on the outbound Kennedy Expressway (northbound I-90/94), in Chicago, weather permitting, Wednesday, Aug. 1. The ramp closures are necessary for the construction of the Monroe Street bridge over the Kennedy Expressway, part of the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange project.

 Starting Wednesday, the entrance ramp from Adams Street to the outbound Kennedy Expressway will reopen to traffic. Upon the reopening of the Adams Street entrance ramp, the following ramp closures will take place:

  • The exit ramp from the northbound Kennedy to Madison Street will be closed until Summer 2019.
    • A posted detour for eastbound Madison Street traffic will direct traffic to exit the northbound Kennedy Expressway at Washington Street, go east on Washington Street and south on Des Plaines Avenue to eastbound Madison Street. 
    • A posted detour for westbound Madison Street traffic will direct traffic to exit the Kennedy at Randolph Street, go west on Randolph Street and south on Halsted Street to westbound Madison Street.
  • The entrance ramp from Jackson Street to the northbound Kennedy Expressway will be closed until Fall 2018.
    • A posted detour will direct traffic to enter the northbound Kennedy Expressway via Adams Street. 

The Monroe Street bridge is one of several expressway bridge improvement projects included in the overall Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction. Of those bridges, the following are completed and open to traffic: Halsted Street, Taylor Street, Morgan Street, Harrison Street and Peoria Street.

The overall reconstruction project at the Jane Byrne Interchange will improve safety and traffic flow for the more than 400,000 motorists who use it each day, while also enhancing mobility for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users in the surrounding neighborhoods. For more information and to view a live camera feed of the work zone, visit www.circleinterchange.org

7/31/2018 5:16 PM (Updated 11/21/2018 11:27 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Edens Spur Tollway (I-94) Reconstruction Scheduled to Begin

Lane reductions are scheduled this week to begin reconstruction of the Edens Spur Tollway (I-94). Work to reconstruct the Edens Spur, between Pfingsten Road and the Edens Expressway, includes removing existing pavement and replacing it with new, full-depth asphalt pavement. In addition, nine mainline bridges will be removed and replaced as part of this work.

Weather permitting, on Thursday, July 26, Edens Spur traffic will be reduced to a single lane in both directions between Pfingsten Road and Skokie Boulevard for work to prepare for a long-term traffic shift. The outside shoulder will remain open during this stage of work, which is scheduled to last for about three weeks.

Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to the closures and construction work. Up to 57,000 vehicles use the Edens Spur daily.

As work begins to reconstruct the Edens Spur, all traffic will be shifted onto the westbound side of the roadway with one lane of traffic in both directions to accommodate reconstruction of the eastbound side. Traffic is expected to stay in this configuration through the end of the year.

Over the winter, eastbound traffic will be returned to the eastbound side, however traffic in both directions will remain reduced to a single lane to facilitate ongoing bridge work. In the spring, all traffic will be shifted onto the eastbound side and work to reconstruction the westbound lanes will begin. The mainline pavement work is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2019.

The work is being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Cook County and the Village of Northbrook, as well as local municipalities, fire and police departments.

Maps, construction and detour information about the Edens Spur Tollway repairs are available on the Tollway’s website at Illinoistollway.com via the Interactive Tollway Map and under “Projects Overview” in the Explore Projects section.

The Edens Spur Improvement Project will involve removing and replacing all the existing mainline asphalt pavement and repairs to concrete pavement, including replacing or repairing mainline bridges. Additional work includes replacing the Pfingsten Road Bridge, repairing the Waukegan Road Bridge over the Edens Spur, constructing the barrier separated median with stormwater improvements and upgrading ITS and roadway lighting. All work is scheduled to be complete in 2020.

These repairs are necessary to extend the life of the roadway and provide safe and convenient travel for Tollway customers. This work is part of the Tollway’s 15-year capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.

7/24/2018 1:19 PM (Updated 7/25/2018 11:33 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Roadway, Bridge and Ramp Repairs Begin on Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) Between York Road and IL-59

Roadway and ramp lane closures required for repair work

Repair work is scheduled to begin on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) between York Road and IL-59 this week and continue through the end of the year, including work on pavement, bridges and ramps.

Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place throughout construction to alert drivers to scheduled lane closures, traffic patterns and work zone speed limits. Most of the work will be performed overnight and on weekends during the allowable lane closure hours to minimize the disruption to commuters.

Weather permitting, during the week of July 9, repair work is scheduled with off-peak lane closures in the eastbound lanes between IL-59 and Washington Street for pavement removal and replacement.

In late July, pavement repair on two ramps at the Winfield Road Interchange are scheduled over two weekends. During that time, traffic on the ramps connecting westbound I-88 to Winfield Road and Winfield Road to eastbound I-88 will be reduced.

In 2018, the Illinois Tollway will complete intermittent pavement and bridge repairs in areas as needed along 16 miles of I-88 between Oak Brook and Naperville to extend the life of the roadway by providing timely repairs and maintenance, as well as shoulder, retaining wall and noisewall repairs and guardrail, drainage and lighting improvements. Work will also include ramp repairs at nine locations, including Winfield Road, Freedom Drive, Naperville Road, IL-53, I-355, Highland Avenue, Midwest Road, IL-83 and Spring Road (22nd Street).

The Illinois Tollway is coordinating construction work with the Illinois Department of Transportation, DuPage County, local municipalities as well as local fire and police departments.

The improvements are funded by the Illinois Tollway’s 15-year program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.

Maps and construction information about the I-88 Roadway and Bridge Repair work is available on the Tollway’s website at illinoistollway.com via the Interactive Tollway map and under “Projects Overview” in the Explore Projects section.

7/9/2018 9:36 AM (Updated 7/9/2018 4:06 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Resurfacing Project along IL-176 in Island Lake/Wauconda

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that daily lane and shoulder closures will take place along IL-176 between Roberts Road and Lark Road, in Island Lake and Wauconda, beginning, weather permitting, the week of June 25. The lane closures are necessary for resurfacing and sidewalk improvements.

In order to complete the work, daytime lane and shoulder closures will take place along IL-176 between Roberts Road and Lark Road.

The scope of the project consists of resurfacing, pavement patching and sidewalk improvements compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The overall project is expected to be completed in Winter 2018.

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

6/25/2018 1:52 PM (Updated 6/27/2018 11:37 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Local Road Closures Scheduled on Roosevelt Road at the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) in Elmhurst

Work is scheduled to begin next week to repair and widen the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) bridges over Roosevelt Road in Elmhurst. Long-term lane closures are needed on Roosevelt Road to allow for a work zone for repairs on the bridge piers and abutments. Construction signage will be put in place to alert drivers in advance of the closures.

Weather permitting, on Monday, April 16, at 9 a.m. a single lane closure in each direction is scheduled to begin on Roosevelt Road at I-88, with two lanes of traffic remaining open to traffic in each direction. Single lane closures on Roosevelt Road will be in place through the summer.

In 2018, the Illinois Tollway will widen and repair the bridges carrying I-88 over Roosevelt Road. The existing bridges will be widened to accommodate rebuilding and widening of I-88 between York Road and the Tri-State Tollway. The work will include repairs to the existing bridge deck, beams and piers. Construction on the bridges is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2018.

Work to improve the east end of I-88 between York Road and I-290 is underway including the reconstruction and widening westbound I-88 to provide four lanes of new roadway scheduled for completion this year and reconstruction of the eastbound lanes scheduled for completion in 2019. In addition, to accommodate the roadway improvements, the York Road Bridge is being reconstructed and widened and the ramps connecting eastbound I-88 to northbound I-294 and southbound I-294 to westbound I-88 will be reconfigured to match up with the newly widened pavement.

The I-88 Reconstruction Project will extend the life of the roadway, increase traffic capacity and provide safe and convenient travel for Tollway customers. More than 130,000 vehicles use this stretch of I-88 daily and more than 43,900 vehicles use Roosevelt Road daily.

The project is being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Village of Oak Brook, the City of Elmhurst, Village of Hillside, York Township and DuPage County, as well as local fire and police departments. The project is funded by the Tollway’s Move Illinois Program.

4/13/2018 5:20 PM (Updated 8/14/2018 11:28 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)
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