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Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   Westbound I-94 in Minneapolis closing overnight July 29-30

Motorists traveling westbound on Interstate 94 in downtown Minneapolis will encounter a detour near the Lowry Hill Tunnel overnight July 29 and July 30.

Westbound I-94 will close at the Lyndale Avenue/Hennepin Avenue exit both nights from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.

Motorists will be detoured back to westbound I-94 via northbound Lyndale Avenue. Detour signs will be posted.

The closures are needed as crews begin a resurfacing project on westbound I-94 between Lasalle Avenue and the Lowry Hill Tunnel’s south entrance. Additional work includes installing new traffic management system signs.
Work is scheduled for completion in mid-August, weather permitting.

The project features pavement resurfacing. Performing periodic pavement repairs at the appropriate times can greatly increase a road’s lifespan before costly reconstruction is needed. MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

7/24/2014 1:49 PM (Updated 7/27/2014 2:34 PM)

Chicago Department of Transportation logo   CTA Cermak Green Line Station Construction: Full Closure Cermak Road

City of Chicago, Department of Transportation - Full Closure of Cermak Road between State and Wabash for CTA Cermak Green Line Station Construction.

  • Saturday, 7/26: 9:00 PM - 6:00 AM
  • Monday, 7/28 - Friday, 8/1: 9:00 PM - 6:00 AM (nightly closures)
  • Saturday, 8/9: 6:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Traffic will be detoured to 18th Street via State Street and Michigan Avenue. More information.

7/22/2014 10:19 PM (Updated 7/24/2014 12:01 AM)

Chicago Department of Transportation logo   Full Closure of Central Avenue at Adams Street from 7/28 through 7/29.

City of Chicago, Department of Transportation - Central Avenue will be closed at Adams Street from 9:00 AM, Monday, 7/28 through 4:00 PM, Tuesday, 7/29 for water main construction.

Traffic will be detoured to Laramie Avenue via Madison and Harrison.

For more information.

7/22/2014 9:37 PM (Updated 7/22/2014 11:26 PM)

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

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that as part of the on-going roadway reconstruction  project on IL- 59 in Naperville and Aurora, a major traffic stage change began the week of Monday, April 21, 2014.

Traffic on IL-59 at the BNSF railroad viaduct, which is 1,000 feet south of North Aurora Road, will be reduced from two lanes to one lane in each direction.

The project consists of 1.57 miles of roadway reconstruction, resurfacing, retaining walls, noise abatement walls, lighting, traffic signals and other work on IL-59 from New York Street to N. Aurora Road in Naperville and Aurora. The anticipated completion date for this project is September 30, 2015.

Drivers are urged to pay close attention to the signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, be on the alert for workers and equipment, expect delays and be prepared to stop.

4/15/2014 1:44 PM (Updated 6/10/2014 1:03 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Long-term Closures on NB & SB I-55 at Des Plaines River Bridge near Channahon until Sept

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that weather permitting, a long-term closure of one lane of northbound I-55 at the Des Plaines River Bridge near the village of Channahon, began on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.  One southbound lane of I-55 was closed in early April and remains closed.

Lane closures are necessary to complete structural steel repairs, painting, bridge deck patching and deck resurfacing on the northbound structure this year.  Traffic will be routed utilizing the cross-overs late the week of April 28, 2014. The southbound structure will then carry traffic across the Des Plaines River.  The anticipated completion date for this project is September 1, 2014. 

Each lane northbound and southbound will be reduced to 13' - 10".  A series of warning signs will be erected in advance of the lane closure and in advance of the last interchange.   Warning signs will be at entrance ramps from IL 113, IL 129, Lorenzo Road, River Road, Arsenal Road, Bluff Road, US 6 and I-80.

The Smart Traffic Monitoring (STM) System will be used this year. System sensors, eleven portable changeable message signs and cameras will monitor traffic to give real-time updates of travel times and stopped conditions throughout the work zone. As traffic builds, the signs will change with appropriate messages for motorists. Some changeable signs will be placed in advance of the alternate route designated for this project. An alternate route using I-80 and IL 47 to bypass the I-55 construction zone has been posted.

Illinois State Police will have extra troopers in the area monitoring and enforcing the posted work zone speed limit and the hand-held cell phone ban.  The new law bans hand-held cellphone use except in an emergency and allows only for speakerphones and headsets that feature voice-activated or one-digit dialing. The new law, which took effect January 1, 2014, also imposes fines starting at $75 for drivers caught using a hand-held cellphone while driving.  Violators could pay $150 for repeat offenses and eventually have their driver’s licenses suspended.      

Motorists can expect delays during times when the lane closures are in effect and should allow extra time for trips through this area.  Drivers are urged to pay close attention to the 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 www.dot.state.il.us. Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at www.travelmidwest.com.

4/4/2014 4:01 PM (Updated 7/18/2014 7:55 AM)

Michigan Department of Transportation logo   I-96 closed in Wayne County until October

I-96:

The eastbound and westbound I-96 service drives (Schoolcraft Road) have only the right lane open between Telegraph and Newburgh roads until October.

  The following ramps will be closed until October:

  • Outer Drive to westbound I-96;
  • Greenfield Road to westbound I-96;
  • Evergreen Road to westbound I-96; and 
  • Northbound and southbound M-39 (Southfield Freeway) ramps to westbound I-96.

On westbound I-96, all express lanes will be forced onto M-39. Local lanes will be forced off onto Telegraph Road. The westbound I-96 local lanes will NOT be able to access M-39.

Eastbound M-14 traffic will be forced off onto I-275.

The northbound and southbound I-275 ramps to eastbound I-96 will be reduced to one lane, with all eastbound traffic forced off at Newburgh Road.

For more information on this $148 million investment, go to the project website at www.96fix.com. Follow project updates on www.facebook.com/96fix and www.twitter.com/96fix.

4/2/2014 11:49 AM (Updated 7/18/2014 7:55 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Width Restriction on Ramp from EB I-90 to SB Cumberland Avenue (IL 171) in Chicago/Park Ridge

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that as part of the on-going Cumberland Avenue Widening Project, the ramp from eastbound I-90 to southbound Cumberland Avenue (IL 171) in Chicago/Park Ridge, will have a restricted width of 9'- 6"  until August 31, 2014.

The ramp from eastbound I-90 to southbound Cumberland Avenue will be narrowed and have a width restriction of 9' - 6".  Vehicles over 9' - 6" will be required to use an alternate route without width restrictions. 

Motorists can expect delays during times when the lane closures are in effect and should allow extra time for trips through this 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.

4/2/2014 9:47 AM (Updated 4/11/2014 9:41 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Ramp Work Rescheduled to Begin Next Week on Ogden Avenue Interchange on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294)

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway is rescheduling ramp repairs on the Ogden Avenue Interchange on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294). Temporary, nightly ramp closures have been rescheduled to start the week of August 4 to coordinate local road detours, and electronic message signs and directional signs will be put in place to alert drivers.
 
Repair work on eight ramps on the Ogden Avenue Interchange is necessary to extend the life of the ramps and provide safe and convenient travel for Tollway customers. Work is scheduled to be completed this fall and will include pavement patching, as well as the replacement of short segments of concrete pavement and intermittent shoulder repair work.
 
The majority of repair work will be done during overnight hours to minimize the impact on Tollway customers. The temporary overnight ramp closures are necessary to complete repairs because the ramps are not wide enough to safely accommodate a work zone while maintaining traffic. Up to 38,000 vehicles a day use the Ogden Avenue Interchange.
 
Later this fall, a weekend closure will be scheduled for the ramp connecting westbound Ogden Avenue to southbound I-294, and a two-week closure will be scheduled for the ramp connecting southbound I-294 to westbound Ogden Avenue.
 
Ramps connecting northbound I-294 and eastbound Ogden Avenue
During the week of August 4, the ramp carrying traffic from eastbound Ogden Avenue to northbound I-294 and the ramp carrying traffic from northbound I-294 to eastbound Ogden Avenue are scheduled to close overnight with posted detours. The ramp closures and detours will be scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. and reopen by 5 a.m. each morning in advance of the morning commute.
 
Detours
Eastbound Ogden Avenue traffic entering northbound I-294 will be directed to continue east on Ogden Avenue, north on Wolf Road and west on Cermak Road to reach the northbound entrance to I-294.
 
Northbound I-294 traffic exiting to eastbound Ogden Avenue will be directed to take the ramp to westbound Ogden Avenue and then follow the posted detour within the interchange to reach eastbound Ogden Avenue.


Ramps connecting northbound I-294 and eastbound Ogden Avenue
Once work on the ramps connecting northbound I-294 and eastbound Ogden Avenue is complete, work will begin on the ramp carrying traffic from northbound I-294 to westbound Ogden Avenue and the ramp carrying traffic from westbound Ogden Avenue to northbound I-294. Electronic message signs will be posted a day in advance to notify drivers when the overnight closures are scheduled. The ramp closures with detours are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. and will reopen by 5 a.m. the following morning.
 
Detours
Northbound I-294 traffic exiting to westbound Ogden Avenue will be directed to take the ramp to eastbound Ogden Avenue, then follow the posted detour north on Wolf Road, west on 31st Street and south on York Road to reach westbound Ogden Avenue. 
 
Westbound Ogden Avenue traffic entering northbound I-294 will be directed to take the ramp to southbound I-294 and follow a posted detour within the interchange to reach northbound I-294.


Ramps connecting southbound I-294 and eastbound Ogden Avenue
Once work on the ramps connecting northbound I-294 and westbound Ogden Avenue is complete, work will begin on the ramp carrying traffic from southbound I-294 to eastbound Ogden Avenue and the ramp carrying traffic from eastbound Ogden Avenue to southbound I-294. Electronic message signs will be posted a day in advance to notify drivers when the overnight closures are scheduled. Ramp closures with detours are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. and will reopen by 5 a.m. the following morning.
 
Detours
Southbound I-294 traffic exiting to eastbound Ogden Avenue will be directed to take the ramp to westbound Ogden Avenue, then follow the posted detour north on York Road, east on 31st Street and south on Wolf Road to reach eastbound Ogden Avenue.


Eastbound Ogden Avenue traffic entering southbound I-294 will be directed to take the ramp to northbound I-294 and follow the posted detour within the interchange to reach the southbound I-294 entrance ramp.


 
The Ogden Avenue Interchange repair work and detours are being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation and Cook County, as well as the Village of Hinsdale and local fire and police departments.
 
The ramp improvements on the Ogden Avenue Interchange are part of the 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.
 
Work Zone Safety
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 14-year jail sentence for hitting a roadway worker.
 
Getting Tollway Construction Information
The Illinois Tollway has a variety of ways customers can get the latest travel information, including:
·        www.illinoistollway.com – Construction/Planning section, Tollway Trip Calculator and real-time roadway incident information
·        1-800-TOLL-FYI – Daily lane closure information
·        www.travelmidwest.com – Real-time travel times
·        www.twitter.com – Real-time roadway incident information at Tollway Trip 90, Tollway Trip 88, Tollway Trip 355 and Tollway Trip 94/294
 
About Move Illinois
The Illinois Tollway’s $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future, will improve mobility, relieve congestion, reduce pollution, create as many as 120,000 jobs and link economies across the Midwest region.  Move Illinois will address the remaining needs of the existing Tollway system; rebuild and widen the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) as a state-of-the-art 21st century corridor; construct a new interchange to connect the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to I-57; build a new, all-electronic Elgin O’Hare Western Access and fund planning studies for the Illinois Route 53/120 Project and the Illiana Expressway.
 
About the Illinois Tollway
The Illinois Tollway is a user-fee system that receives no state or federal funds for maintenance and operations. The agency maintains and operates 286 miles of interstate tollways in 12 counties in Northern Illinois, including the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) and the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80).

 
 

7/29/2014 6:37 AM (Updated 7/29/2014 6:37 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Work to Shift Traffic on Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Between Kennedy Expressway and Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Begins July 29

 

                                        WORK TO SHIFT TRAFFIC ON JANE ADDAMS MEMORIAL TOLLWAY (I-90)
                           BETWEEN KENNEDY EXPRESSWAY AND TRI-STATE TOLLWAY (I-294) BEGINS JULY 29

                            All traffic shifted onto eastbound side of roadway for remainder of construction season

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway will begin work this week to shift all traffic between the Kennedy Expressway and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) onto the eastbound side of the roadway as reconstruction work on the westbound lanes continues.

Westbound traffic already reduced from three to two lanes in the mile-long segment will remain on the opposite side of the road until the end of the year to create a safer construction zone for drivers and workers. Eastbound traffic will continue to have access to three lanes. Electronic message signs will be put in place to alert drivers to the traffic shift work beginning on July 29.

The work is part of the $2.5 billion I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project between Rockford and Chicago. Removal and full reconstruction of the westbound lanes will allow the Tollway to replace old, worn-out pavement with new roadway and better serve customers. The eastbound lanes in this one-mile segment have already been rebuilt.

Traffic Shift Schedule


Work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, July 29, with overnight lane closures to shift eastbound traffic to the right by 5 a.m. on Wednesday, July 30. Overnight lane closures on I-90 will continue into the next week for work to complete the traffic shift. Work will include removal of rumble strips, pavement striping and placement of barrier wall.

The new work zone configuration with all traffic traveling on the eastbound side of the roadway is expected to be in place the morning of Friday, August 8, and will keep two westbound lanes and three eastbound lanes open to drivers.

At the River Road Toll Plaza, westbound traffic will be routed under the I-PASS monotube used only for eastbound toll collection, but no toll will be charged for westbound drivers. Eastbound traffic will have access to two open road tolling lanes, as well as two I-PASS Only lanes in the cash side of the toll plaza.

No entrance or exit ramps will be impacted by this traffic shift and lane configuration. However, westbound traffic planning to exit to northbound I-294 must be in the right lane to exit.

The Tollway is coordinating its construction work with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), O’Hare International Airport and the village of Rosemont. The project includes rebuilding three westbound lanes of traffic between the Kennedy Expressway and I-294, as well as rebuilding the bridge decks and providing full shoulders on the westbound bridges carrying I-90 over Des Plaines River Road and over the Des Plaines River.

The Illinois Tollway is working with IDOT to raise awareness of the following alternate routes for travelers to provide more choices for drivers who may be impacted by Tollway work on I-90 and IDOT’s Cumberland Avenue Widening Project.

For alternate routes, take Higgins Road (Illinois Route 72) west and follow these routes:

    To go west on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, take the I-90 west entrance ramp at Devon Avenue.
    To go west on I-190, turn south onto Des Plaines river Road and take the I-190 west entrance ramp.
    To go south on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) turn south onto Des Plaines River Road. At Balmoral Avenue, turn west and then turn left onto the I-294 south entrance ramp.