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Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Nighttime Lane/Ramp Closures on I-290 for Stage Change to Begin April 22

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that weather permitting, the eastbound I-290 lanes will be staged from Morgan Street to Halsted Street for the bridge construction of the Halsted Street Bridge, beginning Tuesday night, April 22nd. 

The lanes from Morgan Street to Halsted Street will be reduced to four (4) lanes. The lanes will be narrowed to 11 foot lanes. There will be one (1) lane to Congress Parkway, one (1) lane to westbound Kennedy ramp and two (2) lanes to eastbound Dan Ryan ramp.

The closures will occur between 7 p.m. and  5 a.m., from Damen Avenue to Halsted Street.  The Congress Parkway will be closed from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m., the posted detour will be to eastbound Dan Ryan ramp, exit to the Taylor Street ramp, to Roosevelt Road, turn left onto Roosevelt Road and re-enter the westbound I-90/94 to the Congress Parkway exit ramp.  The westbound Kennedy ramp will be closed from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., the posted detour will be to eastbound Dan Ryan ramp, exit to the Taylor Street ramp, turn left onto Taylor Street and re-enter the westbound onto I-90/94.      

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.

4/18/2014 4:28 PM (Updated 4/19/2014 9:38 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Lane Closures on IL 43/Harlem Avenue from 47th Street to I-55 to Begin April 21

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that weather permitting, a bridge repair project on IL 43/Harlem Avenue from 47th Street to I-55 in the village of Lyons, will begin Monday, April 21, 2014.

This project will have three stages with one lane closed in each stage. During stage one, the right lane and sidewalk southbound will be closed. During stage two, the center lane southbound will be closed.  During stage three, the left lane and sidewalk southbound will be closed. These improvements will repair the bridge joints and patch the deck. The anticipated completion date for this project is June 19, 2014.

Drivers should expect delays and 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 and be prepared to stop. 

4/16/2014 12:11 PM (Updated 4/16/2014 11:44 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Major Traffic Stage Change on IL 59 in Naperville/Aurora to Begin Week of April 21

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 will begin 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 4/15/2014 10:25 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, will begin early morning, 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 4/19/2014 9:39 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 4/14/2014 4:43 PM)

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 Department of Transportation logo   Harrison Street Bridge From Halsted Street to Des Plaines Avenue in Chicago is Closed

The Harrison Street Bridge from Halsted Street to Des Plaines Avenue will be closed to motorist and pedestrians until September 1, 2014. The posted detour will be for westbound Harrison Street traffic to travel north on Jefferson Street to westbound Van Buren Street to southbound Racine Street. Eastbound Harrison Street traffic is to travel north on Racine Street to eastbound Jackson Blvd to southbound Des Plaines Avenue then eastbound on Harrison Street.  The closure of the Harrison Street Bridge is to allow for bridge replacement, lighting and traffic signals.
 
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.

2/27/2014 12:08 PM (Updated 3/4/2014 6:10 AM)

Michigan Department of Transportation logo   I-96 Bridge Closure Schedule

As part of the 96 Fix project in Livonia, the following is a current list of bridges over I-96 that are open, closed, or scheduled to be closed soon:

 

 

Bridge #

Road name

Closure Type

Status

Estimated reopening

1

Schoolcraft Road

Part-width

Open

 

2

Newburgh Road westbound U-turn

Full closure

Closed

October

3

Newburgh Road

Part-width

Closing early May

Mid-July

4

Newburgh Road eastbound U-turn

Full closure

Closed

Mid-May

5

Levan Road westbound U-turn

Full closure

Closed

Late May

6

Levan Road

Part-width

Open

 

7

Levan Road eastbound U-turn

Full closure

Closing late April

Late May

8

Yale Street

Full closure

Open

 

9

Wayne Road

Full closure

Closed

Late May

10

Stark Road

Full closure

Open

 

11

Farmington Road westbound U-turn

Full closure

Closed

Late April

12

Farmington Road

Part Width

Open

 

13

Farmington Road eastbound U-turn

Full closure

Closed

Late April

14

Brookfield Street

Full closure

Closing late April

Late May

15

Berwick Street

Full closure

Open

 

16

Merriman Road westbound U-turn

Full closure

Open

 

17

Merriman Road

Full closure

Open

 

18

Merriman Road eastbound U-turn

Full closure

Open

 

19

Warner Court

Full closure

Closed

Mid-June

20

Melvin Street

Full closure

Open

 

21

Middlebelt Road westbound U-turn

Full closure

Closed

Late-May

22

Middlebelt Road

Part-width

Open

 

23

Middlebelt Road eastbound U-turn

Full closure

Closed

Mid-May

24

Racetrack

Full closure

Open

 

25

Cardwell Street

Full closure

Open

 

26

Inkster Road westbound U-turn

Full closure

Closed

Mid-May

27

Inkster Road

Full closure

Open

 

28

Inkster Road eastbound U-turn

Full closure

Closed

Mid-May

29

Breakfast Drive

Full closure

Open

 

30

Berwyn Avenue

Full closure

Closed

Mid-May

31

Beech Daly Road westbound U-turn

Full closure

Open

 

32

Beech Daly Road

Part-width

Open

 

33

Beech Daly Road eastbound U-turn

Full closure

Open

 

34

Garfield

Full closure

Closed

Mid-May

35

Fenton

Full closure

Open

 

36

US-24 southbound service drive

Part-width

Open

 

37

US-24 northbound service drive

Full closure

Closed

Mid-May

TRAFFIC IMPACT:  
Motorists will be detoured to the next available bridge.   
PROJECT DETAILS: The 96 Fix project between Newburgh and Telegraph roads involves reconstructing the freeway, repairing 37 overpasses and upgrading utilities. I-96 will be closed throughout the project, and is expected to reopen in October.
F
or 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.
4/19/2014 3:04 AM (Updated 4/20/2014 9:04 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Lane Closures on EB I-290 Between Racine and Peoria to Begin April 22

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that weather permitting, lane closures will be installed on eastbound I-290 between Racine Street and Peoria Street for placement of new steel beams over I-290 at Morgan Street, beginning Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Lane closures for this work will occur Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.  15-minute full expressway closures will occur between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. each night.  The work is part of the on-going Circle Interchange project www.circleinterchange.org.

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. 

4/18/2014 1:48 PM (Updated 4/18/2014 2:04 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   US 150 McClugage Bridge Lane Closure

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that the right lane of westbound US 150 at the McClugage Bridge over the Illinois River will be closed during daytime hours, starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 18th.
 
This lane closure is necessary for crews to replace light fixtures on the bridge.
 
Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.
 
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4/18/2014 4:10 AM (Updated 4/18/2014 8:46 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   I-88 near Erie

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces today that weather permitting, construction work on I-88 near Erie will begin on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.  The project will begin making pavement repairs to the 12 mile section of I-88 from IL 78 to the Rock Island-Whiteside County Line.
 
Drivers should be alert for lane closures as deteriorated sections of pavement are removed and replaced.  The $205,288 contract is scheduled to be completed by the end of May.
 
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4/18/2014 4:02 AM (Updated 4/18/2014 6:05 AM)

Indiana Department of Transportation  logo   US-31 Restrictions Through Summer, South Bend

 The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced lane restrictions and a road closure beginning next week on the south side of South Bend, as crew work to tie in the lanes of the new U.S. 31 to existing U.S. 31 over the coming months.

Beginning Monday, April 21, U.S. 31 will be down to one lane in each direction, between Kern Road and the U.S. 20 Bypass interchange, through July. INDOT is working to alleviate any traffic delays and congestion by adjusting traffic signals in the area to facilitate north-south traffic flow. Despite adjustments, traffic volume in the area may lead to back-ups on U.S. 31 and on the U.S. 20 Bypass exit ramp for traffic accessing southbound U.S. 31. Drivers are encouraged to find alternative routes to avoid delays.

In addition, Johnson Road will be closed permanently at U.S. 31 (both eastbound and westbound) on Monday, April 21, as crews work to build a new Johnson Road bridge which will allow traffic to travel over the new U.S. 31 upon completion of the project.

4/17/2014 2:10 PM (Updated 4/18/2014 6:00 AM)

Indiana Department of Transportation  logo   SR 23 Lane Restrictions Begin Monday, South Bend

Final road surface and other work forces lane restrictions beginning Monday

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced intermittent lane restrictions on State Road 23, between Twyckenham Drive and Campeau Street in the Five Points project area in South Bend, beginning Monday, April 21st through mid-July. Crews will be installing traffic signal sensors, curbs, and the final surface of the new roadway.

4/16/2014 5:18 PM (Updated 4/18/2014 5:54 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   I-474 Lane Closures

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced the following upcoming lane closures for I-474 at the Shade-Lohmann Bridge over the Illinois River for bridge washing:

Week of Monday, April 21st (8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily)

  •     The eastbound right lane of I-474 will be closed.

Week of Monday, April 28th (8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily)

  •     The eastbound left lane of I-474 will be closed.

Week of Monday, May 5th (8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily)

  •     The westbound right lane of I-474 will be closed.

Week of Monday, May 12th (8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily)

  •     The westbound left lane of I-474 will be closed.

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

4/16/2014 5:15 PM (Updated 4/18/2014 5:54 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL Route 127 in Clinton County

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that beginning on April 28, 2014 at 7:00 a.m., the IL Route 127 structure over the Kaskaskia River will be closed 2.5 miles south of Carlyle.  The road closure is required to replace the structure over the Kaskaskia River.  This work is expected to be completed and IL 127 reopened to traffic by October 2014.  A marked detour route utilizing Slant Road and IL Route 161 will be in place.  The Department suggests the travelling public follow detour signs and drive with caution. 

4/16/2014 5:10 PM (Updated 4/18/2014 5:55 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL-13 near Marissa

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that IL 13 will be reduced to one lane 0.9 miles west of Marissa beginning on Thursday, April 17, 2014, weather permitting.  Two-way traffic will be maintained by temporary traffic signals.  This closure is required to install a new double box culvert. The overall project is estimated to be completed by the fall of 2014.

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.

4/16/2014 5:09 PM (Updated 4/18/2014 5:55 AM)

Michigan Department of Transportation logo   MDOT's "Reality Check" Examines Pothole Patching Practices

"Fix potholes right the first time."

A new "Reality Check" video and information sheet from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) looks at why potholes are patched like they are, and why the patch can't possibly be a permanent repair.

"Many think that pothole patches just don't last because they're not patched right the first time, and I can tell you from personal experience that's not the case," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "MDOT, county and municipal crews are patching them as quickly as possible to reduce damage to vehicles, but a lasting fix will require much more."

The latest video and fact sheet covers that common claim about pothole patching, and why a proper repair and prevention of future potholes will require greater investment in Michigan's roads:

Reality Check #3: Fix Potholes Right the First Time

Myth: Road crews just throw some asphalt in the potholes to fix them. They need to fix them right the first time so it lasts.

Reality: Pothole patches are just that – a patch. A true fix will require much more.

Throughout the year, MDOT will continue to take on more transportation myths. Future topics will include issues like: why signs are replaced when they are, the safety of roundabouts, truck weights, road-building standards, and the effect of gas prices on fuel tax revenues. The first three myths, and the facts that deflate them, are available at www.michigan.gov/realitycheck. Media outlets are welcome to link to the fact sheets, or broadcast the videos.

4/16/2014 12:05 PM (Updated 4/18/2014 5:29 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Business 55 (Veterans Parkway) Bridge Replacement

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that weather permitting; the structures carrying Business 55 (Veterans Parkway) over Interstate 74 on the southwest side of Bloomington are scheduled
for stage 1 demolition beginning Monday April 21. To safely accommodate this work, eastbound Interstate 74 will be closed for 15 minute intervals beginning 11 PM Monday night, April 21 and ending 5 AM Tuesday, April 22. Westbound Interstate 74 will be closed for 15 minute intervals beginning 11 PM Tuesday night, April 22 and ending 5 AM Wednesday, April 23.

During these intervals, Interstate 74 will be down to one lane and the Illinois State Police will be present to monitor and assist with the full interstate closure. Message boards will also be utilized to warn motorists as they approach the work area.

Motorists are urged to slow down and be prepared to stop in advance of the work zone. Motorists are also urged to use caution and follow the direction of construction flaggers while driving through the work zone.

4/15/2014 10:56 PM (Updated 4/18/2014 5:08 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Lane Closures on US-20 over McLean Boulevard in Elgin

 The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that as part of the on-going intersection reconstruction and bridge replacement project at US-20 over McLean Boulevard in Elgin, lane closures are scheduled from Monday, April 14, 2014 through Wednesday, April 23, 2014. 

Monday, 4/14 - Tuesday, 4/22 - Lanes closures on NB McLean – 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Friday, 4/18  - Ramp traffic switch – Beginning at 1 p.m., existing westbound US 20 on/off ramps at McLean will be switched to the new constructed ramps.

Wednesday, 4/23- Lane closure on SB McLean – 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

4/15/2014 1:45 PM (Updated 4/18/2014 5:10 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Ramp Work Scheduled to Begin at Belvidere Road Interchange on the Tri-State Tollway (I-94)

 Ramps will remain open during reconstruction

Work to reconstruct the entrance and exit ramps for westbound Belvidere Road (Illinois Route 120) at the Tri-State Tollway (I-94) is scheduled to begin next week. The ramps will remain open throughout construction.

During the week of April 21, drivers will see advance work including shoulder closures and construction of temporary pavement on both ramps to prepare for a traffic shift.

Once the temporary pavement is in place, traffic will be shifted to the right to provide a work zone with half the width of the ramp being reconstructed at a time. Work on the first half is expected to be completed in June, at which time traffic will be shifted to the left with a work zone on the right.

The ramps will remain open throughout construction with traffic shifts to provide a work zone. The work will have no impact on traffic along I-94 or to Belvidere Road.

Work at the Belvidere Road Interchange includes rebuilding concrete ramp pavement and asphalt shoulders. Lighting and drainage structures will also be upgraded.

The Tollway will complete improvements at the Belvidere Road Interchange in 2014. Work to rebuild portions of the entrance and exit ramps for eastbound Belvidere Road at I-94 was completed in 2013. The interchange ramp projects are necessary to extend the life of the ramps, increase traffic capacity and provide safe and convenient travel for Tollway customers. Up to 20,000 vehicles use the Belvidere Road Interchange on an average weekday.

The Belvidere Road Interchange improvements are part of the 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. The $4 million project is scheduled to be complete by the end of June.

4/15/2014 1:42 PM (Updated 4/18/2014 5:11 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   I-74 Cable Guardrail Installation Begins in Champaign County

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announces that, weather permitting; work is scheduled to begin April 21, 2014 for installation of cable guardrail on I-74 from west of Prospect Avenue in Champaign to Lindsey Road (2 miles west of I-57) Champaign county.

This project includes earthwork, adjustments to the existing drainage system and installation of a high tension cable guardrail system in the median of the interstate. Traffic on I-74 will be reduced to one lane 
in each direction at locations where work is ongoing with the left hand lane being closed during daytime hours. While work is ongoing, please observe all traffic control signs.

The anticipated completion date is October 2014, weather permitting. The contractor for the $2.1 million work is Cross Construction.
 

4/15/2014 1:41 PM (Updated 4/15/2014 1:41 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Interstate Patching in Champaign and Vermilion Counties

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announces that, weather permitting; work is scheduled to begin April 21, 2014 for patching of Interstates 74 and 57 in Champaign and Vermilion Counties.

This project includes patching of Interstate 57 from the Douglas County line to north of I-74 and patching of I-74 from University Avenue in Urbana to Martin Luther King Dr. near Danville.  Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction at locations where work is ongoing.  While work is ongoing, please observe all traffic control signs.

The anticipated completion date is May 2014, weather permitting.  The contractor for the $400,000 project is Kinney Contractors.

4/15/2014 1:39 PM (Updated 4/15/2014 1:39 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Lane Closures on IL-62 at Meacham Road in Schaumburg to Begin April 17

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that weather permitting, a resurfacing and traffic signal modernization project on IL-62 at Meacham Road in Schaumburg, will begin Thursday, April 17, 2014.

Work will require daytime lane closures and occasional overnight lane closures. The anticipated completion date for this project is July 31, 2014.

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.

4/15/2014 11:43 AM (Updated 4/15/2014 10:26 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   On the Move with Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider - Work Zone Safety

 

On the Move with Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider - Work Zone Safety
Secretary Schneider explains why it's so important to drive safely in work zones in this edition of On the Move.


On the Move with Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider - Work Zone Safety
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4/15/2014 5:23 AM (Updated 4/18/2014 5:50 AM)

Indiana Department of Transportation  logo   IN-49 Bridge Closure Monday, Near Kouts, Porter Co

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces the closure of the State Road 49 bridge over the Kankakee River, between CR 1600N and CR 1200S just south of Kouts, on Monday, April 14th through early October. Crews will be replacing most aspects of the bridge, while preserving the historic nature of this original truss structure which was built in 1941.

Southbound State Road 49 traffic will be detoured around the closure by traveling east on State Road 8, south on U.S. 421, west on State Road 10, and back to State Road 49. Northbound State Road 49 traffic will be detoured around the closure by traveling east on State Road 10, north on U.S. 421, west on State Road 8, and back to State Road 49.

Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road closures 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.

4/10/2014 9:59 AM (Updated 4/11/2014 9:42 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL-159 near Valley Avenue in Collinsville

The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that IL-159 will be reduced to one lane of traffic near Valley Avenue in Collinsville from 6:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, weather permitting.  Two-way traffic will be maintained using flaggers and traffic control devices.  This work is scheduled during off-peak traffic hours to minimize the disruption to motoring public.  This closure is required to install storm sewer pipe across IL-159 and is part of the overall project to widen IL-159 to five lanes through this area. The overall project is estimated to be completed by the fall of 2016.

Delays are expected so please plan accordingly.  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 Baxmeyer Construction, Inc. of Waterloo, Illinois.  Barry Gibbs 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 618/346-3351.
 
Additional information is available at www.stl-traffic.org/.

4/9/2014 9:58 AM (Updated 4/11/2014 5:21 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   265th Street North/CH 4 over I-88 near Joslin

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces today that weather permitting, construction work on the bridge carrying 265th Street North/County Highway 4 over I-88 near Joslin will begin on Monday, April 14, 2014.  Civil Constructors is the contractor for the $138,526 project to replace the expansion joints on the bridge and make repairs to the structure.

265th Street North will be closed during the project which is scheduled to be completed by the end of May.  Drivers should be alert for occasional lane closures on I-88 for work on the bottom side of the bridge deck.

Motorists are reminded to slow down and drive carefully through all construction zones.

4/9/2014 9:53 AM (Updated 4/11/2014 5:26 AM)

Michigan Department of Transportation logo   Changes Coming to ongoing I-94/I-69 Interchange Project in St. Clair County

Changes coming to ongoing I-94/I-69 interchange project in St. Clair County
 
Fast Facts:
- Prep work starts Wednesday for upcoming I-94 traffic shift from Griswold to Lapeer roads.
- Westbound I-94 will be reduced to one lane for placement of temporary barrier wall.
- Eastbound I-94 reconstruction is expected to begin the week of April 14.

The project to rebuild the I-94/I-69 interchange will enter a new stage next week as crews begin prep work for an upcoming traffic shift to the westbound lanes. Starting Wednesday, the left lane of westbound I-94 will be closed from Griswold to Lapeer roads in order to place a temporary barrier wall. Next week, eastbound I-94 will be closed with two-way traffic sharing the westbound side of the freeway. One lane will be open in each direction.

In addition to the traffic shift, the eastbound I-94 ramps to westbound I-69 and the eastbound I-69 Business Loop (Oak Street) will be closed with a detour posted. The traffic shift will help accelerate the reconstruction of eastbound I-94 from Lapeer to Griswold roads. All lanes of eastbound I-94 will reopen in the fall.

In late April, crews will begin reconstruction of eastbound I-69 from Range to Lapeer roads. Eastbound I-69 will be reduced to a single lane with alternating left and right-lane closures in order to rebuild the pavement.

Detailed project information is available on the MDOT website at

www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,4616,7-151-9621_11008-311314--,00.html

4/8/2014 3:40 AM (Updated 4/11/2014 5:14 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Work Scheduled on Ramp Connecting Southbound Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355) to Eastbound I-80

Lane reductions will be used to keep ramp open during reconstruction 

Repairs are scheduled to begin in the week of April 14th, 2014 on the exit ramp from southbound Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355) to eastbound I-80 in New Lenox. Traffic lanes will be reduced during construction, however, the ramp will remain open.
 
Beginning the week of April 14, the southbound exit ramp to eastbound I-80 will be reduced from two lanes to one. Repair work will include replacement of concrete pavement approaching the ramp, storm sewer and guardrail work, as well as pavement marking. Work is expected to be complete this summer.
 
The project is being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation and Will County, as well as local municipalities and fire and police departments. Up to 14,610 vehicles use this ramp daily.

Work Zone Safety

A 45 mph speed limit is in effect 24/7 in all construction zones, 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.

4/8/2014 3:25 AM (Updated 4/11/2014 5:15 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   US Route 50, Aviston, IL

The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that there will be daytime lane closures on US 50 from 0.9 miles west of Russland Road to 0.5 miles east of Schumacher Road in Aviston beginning Friday, April 11, 2014 weather permitting.  These lane closures are necessary to repair the pavement. It is estimated that the project will be completed by May 9, 2014.  Please observe caution when travelling through this area.  Signing and traffic control devices will be provided to aid motorists through the work zone.

4/7/2014 10:03 PM (Updated 4/7/2014 10:03 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   I-94 (Bishop Ford Expressway) Ramp to 103rd Street & Stony Island Closed for Interchange Reconstruction until October

The work is part of the on-going I-94 (Bishop Ford Expressway) at Stony Island Feeder Interchange reconstruction project. Improvements include two complete bridge replacements, two bridge rehabilitations including bridge deck overlay and deck joint removal and replacement, one new bridge deck and bearing replacement and one bridge removal.  The construction will include demolishing the existing concrete decks, new parapet walls and new bearings on the bridges.  The project also includes the reconstruction of the Stony Island Extension, which includes new jointed pavement, resurfacing and drainage improvements.

The project contains work on multiple interchange ramps and various electrical improvements.  There will be work during night time hours for the beam erection and bridge replacements.  The anticipated completion date for this project is October 31, 2014.

The following detour will be posted:

  • From eastbound I-94 (Bishop Ford) to Exit Ramp 66A – 111th Street.  Traffic will make a left turn on 111th Street and do a complete turn-around and enter the westbound I-94 (Bishop Ford) lanes.  Traffic will travel westbound on I-94 to Exit 65 – 103rd Street and Stony Island Avenue.  Traffic will travel towards the 103rd Street exit ramp.

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.

4/4/2014 4:30 PM (Updated 4/14/2014 4:43 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Lane Closures on US-30 in Olympia Fields/Chicago Heights

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that weather permitting, an intersection improvement project on US- 30 at Western Avenue in Olympia Fields/Chicago Heights.
Work will include pavement patching, curb and gutter, sidewalk and driveway removal and replacement, storm sewer installation, pavement markings and traffic signal modernization.

The project will be completed in four stages.  In order to complete the work, Western Avenue will be reduced from two lanes in each direction to one lane in each direction. U.S. Route 30 will be reduced from three lanes in each direction to two lanes in each direction

The project has an estimated completion date of September 30, 2014.

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.

4/4/2014 3:29 PM (Updated 4/16/2014 4:00 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL-57 at Lock and Dam Road south of Quincy

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announces construction will begin, weather permitting, Monday April 7th on Illinois Route 57 at the Lock and Dam Road intersection south of Quincy.
 
The contract includes milling, widening, new asphalt surface, curb and gutter drainage improvements, traffic channelization, and pavement markings. There will be periodic daytime only, a one-lane south bound closure with traffic controlled by flaggers. Work on this project is expected to be completed by June 2014. The contractor on this $212,000 project is County Contractors, Inc. of Quincy, Illinois.

Motorists are urged to slow down and be cautious while driving through this construction site and all work zones.

4/3/2014 11:34 AM (Updated 4/3/2014 11:34 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Notice - Informational Open House - Construction of IL-71 From Orchard/Minkler Road to US-34 in Oswego

WEDNESDAY
APRIL 23, 2014
4 PM TO 7 PM

AT THE OSWEGO VILLAGE HALL
100 PARKERS MILL
OSWEGO, IL
(Main Lobby)
(NO FORMAL PRESENTATION)

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), District 3 Office, will be holding an informational open houseon the construction of IL-71 from Orchard/Minkler Road to US 34 in Oswego.  The open house will provide those in attendance an opportunity to view construction staging plans and learn about the project schedule.

IDOT's goal is to complete this important infrastructure improvement project as efficiently as possible, while minimizing disruption to the traveling public and businesses in the area.

The meeting will be conducted in an open house format with no formal presentation.  In addition to displays for review, IDOT personnel will be available to answer questions related to the pending construction.

The meeting will be accessible to persons with a disability in compliance with current Accessibility Standards prepared by the Capital Development Board.  Persons with a disability planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact Mr. James Threadgill, Project Implementation Engineer, by April 18, 2014.  The contact may be by telephone at (815) 434-8480, in writing to the Illinois Department of Transportation, 700 East Norris Drive, Ottawa, Illinois 61350, by fax 815-434-8453 or by telecommunications device for the deaf (TTY) 888-642-3458 or through the Illinois Relay Center (800-526-0857).

4/1/2014 12:37 PM (Updated 4/4/2014 5:14 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Harmon Road Bridge Over Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) Near Sterling Scheduled to Close Next Week for Repairs

The Harmon Road Bridge carrying local traffic over the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) near Sterling is scheduled to close beginning April 6 to accommodate bridge construction. In addition, work is scheduled to begin the same week on the I-88 bridge over Illinois Route 26 in Dixon. Work on both bridges is scheduled to be complete in late spring.

Harmon Road is scheduled to close at 6 p.m. on April 6, between Rock Island Road and Rock Falls Road. No detour will be posted, however, Harmon Road traffic can use Nelson Road as an alternate route.

A full closure of Harmon Road is necessary because the bridge height will be raised during construction. Work also includes repairs on bridge beams and abutments, as well as concrete deck patching. Up to 400 vehicles use this stretch of local roadway daily. On I-88, traffic in both directions will be reduced to one lane at the bridge for the duration of the work, as well.

The local roadway closure is being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, as well as Lee County and local police and fire departments.

In addition, during the week of April 7, work will begin on the bridge carrying I-88 traffic over Illinois Route 26 in Dixon, including concrete deck patching, as well as repairs on bridge beams and piers. On I-88, westbound traffic will be reduced to one lane in both directions for about one mile near Illinois Route 26.

The I-88 bridge repairs are part of the 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.

Work Zone Safety


A 45 mph speed limit is in effect 24/7 in all construction zones, 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.

4/1/2014 12:24 PM (Updated 4/4/2014 5:15 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Traffic Shifts Scheduled Next Week Between Barrington Road and Roselle Road

The Illinois Tollway plans to continue shifting traffic next week on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) as part of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project. Traffic shifts are scheduled between Barrington Road and Roselle Road. The new I-90 traffic configuration will provide a work zone for retaining wall construction in advance of roadway rebuilding and widening of the eastern segment between Elgin and Chicago and is expected to be in place until spring 2015.

As part of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project, the eastern segment of the roadway between Randall Road and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) will be rebuilt and a new lane added to provide four lanes in each direction. In addition, the inside lane and shoulder in both directions will be widened to accommodate future transit opportunities. Work in this section is scheduled from 2014-2016.  

During the week of March 31, overnight work is scheduled to shift eastbound I-90 traffic between Barrington Road and Roselle Road. The work is expected to take several nights to complete. During the overnight hours, two lanes on I-90 will close to complete pavement striping and to shift traffic, leaving one lane open overnight. Lane reductions will be removed by 5 a.m. daily in advance of the morning rush hour. 

When striping is complete, eastbound I-90 traffic will be shifted to the left in order to provide room for three lanes of traffic and a full right shoulder, as well as a work zone on the right for retaining wall construction, utility relocations and drainage improvements that are required in advance of rebuilding and widening the roadway. Once the eastbound shift is complete, the westbound lanes will be shifted to the left, as well. All entrance and exit ramps will remain open. 

Work on the eastern segment between Elgin and Chicago began earlier this month, with traffic shifts between Illinois Route 53 and I-294. Westbound traffic in that section is scheduled to shift in April. Traffic shifts will be scheduled in mid-April in the eastbound direction between Illinois Route 25 and Illinois Route 59, and westbound between Beverly Road and Illinois Route 25. In addition, traffic will be shifted for bridge and interchange construction projects at Illinois Route 25, Bartlett Road, Higgins Road, Barrington Road, Roselle Road, Meacham Road, Elmhurst Road and Lee Street bridges throughout the construction season as work progresses. 

Work Zone Safety

A 55 mph work zone speed limit will be in effect 24/7 in both directions between Illinois Route 25 and Elmhurst Road, whether or not workers are present, while a 45 mph work zone speed limit will be in place in both directions between Elmhurst Road and I-294. 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.

I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project

The Illinois Tollway is rebuilding and widening 62 miles along the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I90) as a 21st century, stateofthe-art corridor linking Rockford to O’Hare International Airport. The I90 corridor from Chicago to Rockford serves nearly 1 million travelers per day. This work is part of the Tollway’s 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. 

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.  

Ongoing construction will have an impact on travel throughout the 62-mile-long I-90 corridor. Whenever possible, the Tollway will use traffic shifts and shoulders to keep as many lanes open during peak hours as were available before construction, however, some lane closures will be needed during the construction season.  

As a result, drivers may want to consider an alternate route. Depending on the destination, traffic traveling west to Rockford and Wisconsin can use the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) to I-39 as an alternate route. Likewise, traffic travelling east toward Chicago and O’Hare International Airport can use the I-39/I-88 alternate route.

3/28/2014 3:42 PM (Updated 3/29/2014 9:12 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Lane Closures on IL-176 at Smith Road in Prairie Grove

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that weather permitting, work on IL Route 176 at Smith Road in the Village of Prairie Grove, is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

The project involves traffic signal installation/channelization and roadway widening. In order to complete the work, traffic will be reduced to one lane with flaggers.  The anticipated completion date for this project is September 15, 2014.

3/28/2014 3:38 PM (Updated 3/29/2014 9:12 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   US-67 at the Clark Bridge in Madison County

 All lanes will be open westbound between the hours of 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m., and eastbound lanes will be open between the hours of 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  The lane closures are necessary to make bridge repairs.  This work is expected to be completed by July 31, 2014.

Significant delays are expected.  Motorists are encouraged to develop and utilize alternate routes during this period.  The Department asks that motorists be patient, reduce speed, watch for stopped traffic ahead, and use additional caution when traveling near and throughout this work zone.

3/27/2014 4:41 PM (Updated 4/10/2014 5:33 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Lane Closures on US-14 (Northwest Highway) in Palatine

The work involves modernization of traffic signals and replacement of brick sidewalks on US-14 at Smith Road, Plum Grove Road, Benton Street, Hicks Road, Lincoln Street/Hicks Place and Palatine Road.

In order to complete the work, daytime shoulder and lane closures will be necessary.  The project has an estimated completion date of September 19, 2014.

3/27/2014 12:57 PM (Updated 4/10/2014 5:33 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Lane Closures at Roosevelt Rd. to Washington St. / Ashland Ave. to Clinton St.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that tree planting on Roosevelt Road to Washington Street and Ashland Avenue to Clinton Street, began March 24, 2014.

Improvements include tree removal and tree planting.  The work will require temporary lane closures and has an anticipated completion date of May 31, 2014. 2014.

3/26/2014 3:53 PM (Updated 3/28/2014 5:27 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Lane/Ramp Closures on Congress/I-290 from Wacker Drive to Halsted Street

The work involves the installation of closed circuit camera surveillance equipment throughout the Circle Interchange. The cameras will be used to provide incident and traffic management to the IDOT Communication Center in Schaumburg.

In order to complete the work, nighttime ramp closures will be required, along with lane and shoulder closures. The project has an estimated completion date of July 31, 2014.

3/26/2014 3:47 PM (Updated 4/10/2014 5:45 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IDOT: Lane Closures on IL RT 173 at Tiffany Road in Antioch Township

Traffic lanes will be shifted and may be reduced to one lane with flagging operations.  Most work will be performed off of the road.  The anticipated completion date for this project is August 8, 2014.

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.

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.

3/24/2014 10:57 AM (Updated 4/10/2014 5:34 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL-116 at Ten Mile Creek in Tazewell County

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that construction on the bridges carrying IL-116 over Ten Mile Creek in Tazewell County will resume next week.

Traffic will be shifted into a long-term configuration while the project is completed. Eastbound traffic will utilize a temporary crossover lane, then one lane of the westbound bridge over Ten Mile Creek, then will be redirected back to the eastbound lanes.

Travel delays are likely and motorists should plan accordingly. The project is expected to be completed by November 1st.

3/21/2014 4:30 PM (Updated 4/10/2014 5:35 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Lane Closures on IL-31 at IL-72 in West Dundee for Intersection Improvement Project

This is part of an on-going intersection improvement project that includes construction of new medians, traffic signals and intersection resurfacing.  In order to perform the work, there will be permanent lane closures during the duration of the project.  Traffic will be reduced to a single lane in all direction with dedicated left turns only.  The anticipated completion date for this project is May 31, 2014.

Motorists can expect significant 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.

3/18/2014 3:43 PM (Updated 4/11/2014 9:43 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL-92 West of Andalusia

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that construction work has resumed on IL 92 west of Andalusia.  The project will make improvements to the four mile section of IL 92 westerly from 115th Street in Andalusia.

Work began in the fall of 2013 to make some preliminary repairs prior to suspending the project for the winter.  The contractor will be extending culverts, repairing and widening the pavement, and resurfacing the roadway.  The project is scheduled to be completed by October 29, 2014.

Drivers should be alert for lane closures and be prepared to stop for flaggers who will be directing traffic past the work areas.  There will be many locations with workers and equipment along the side of the roadway.

Motorists are also reminded to slow down and drive carefully through all construction zones.

Find details on other construction projects in IDOT's District 1 at http://www.dot.il.gov.

3/18/2014 3:39 PM (Updated 3/21/2014 5:49 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL-3 from IL-143 in Wood River to Pontoon Road in Granite City

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that daytime lane closures will be encountered on IL 3 for patching, milling, and resurfacing at the intersections of IL 3 and IL 143, New Poag Road, Chain of Rocks Road, and Pontoon Road.  These lane restrictions are required to perform pavement rehabilitation.  This work should be completed by summer 2014.

Traffic delays are possible during these lane closures.  Please consider alternate routes.  Flaggers will be utilized to direct traffic through the work zone. Please watch for stopped traffic and allow extra time when traveling through the work zone.

The contractor on this project is Christ Brothers Asphalt of Lebanon. John Scheibal is the Supervising Field Engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation in this area. If you have questions concerning this project you may contact him at 618-346-3353.
 
Additional information is available at www.stl-traffic.org/.

3/18/2014 10:32 AM (Updated 4/10/2014 5:37 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   US-24 in Fulton County

US 24 traffic in this area will be reduced to one lane for the remainder of the summer for construction of the bridges carrying US 24 over Little Sister Creek and Big Sister Creek. Temporary signals will be in place to direct traffic and motorists should also expect a lane shift within the project area as a result of this work.

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

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

For a look at other IDOT District 4 projects, visit http://www.dot.il.gov/districtreleases.htm#District_4.

3/14/2014 2:43 PM (Updated 4/10/2014 5:38 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Lane Closures on IL-59 in West Chicago for Traffic Signal Modernization Project

Traffic signals will be installed at the intersections of IL 59 and Main Street and IL 59 and Washington Street.  Other work will include timing and progression of traffic signals and sidewalk improvements. Temporary signals will be installed at each intersection while work is being performed.  The anticipated completion date for this project is August 1, 2014.
 
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.
 
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.

3/14/2014 4:26 AM (Updated 4/10/2014 5:39 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL-4 in Mascoutah

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that lane closures may be encountered along Illinois Route 4 at Perrin Road, north of Interstate 64, in Mascoutah, Illinois. All lanes should reopen and construction activities are anticipated to be completed by May 31, 2014. The lane closures are needed to construct drainage improvements and a northbound right turn lane at the existing intersection. The contractor completing this work will be Thiems 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.
 
Additional information is available at www.stl-traffic.org/.

3/11/2014 5:04 PM (Updated 4/10/2014 5:39 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Interstate 72 East of Springfield

 The project consists of the patching, milling, and hot mix asphalt overlay of the existing roadway.  The project also includes bridge repairs and approach paving, to structures carrying County Highway 12 (Mechanicsburg Road) and TR 420 (Overpass Road). The project is scheduled to be completed in the late fall of 2014.
 
Motorists are urged to slow down and be cautious while driving through this construction site and all work zones.

3/10/2014 11:41 AM (Updated 3/11/2014 6:36 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   US-20 Northeast of Freeport

The project will be making repairs to the bridge carrying eastbound US 20 over the Pecatonica River east of the IL 75 interchange.  The $1.9 million project is scheduled to be completed by the end of August.

Traffic will be restricted to one lane while repairs to the bridge are completed.  All loads greater than 12 feet 6 inches in width will be detoured on alternate routes.

3/7/2014 1:39 PM (Updated 4/10/2014 5:40 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL-84 in Hanover

The project is scheduled to be completed by November 21, 2014.

Traffic will be restricted to one lane while the bridge is replaced one half at a time.  Temporary traffic signals will be installed to control traffic flow across the structure.  Drivers should be prepared to stop when approaching the work area.

Motorists are reminded to slow down and drive carefully through all construction zones.

2/14/2014 11:29 PM (Updated 4/10/2014 5:41 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Intersection Improvement Project in Will County

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that weather permitting, a LED retrofit project at various intersections in Will County began Monday, February 10, 2014.

The work involves updating traffic signals by installing battery backups. This will provide safeguards in the event of a power outage. Energy efficient LED bulbs will be installed at the following intersections:

Location# Municipality Intersection
1 Beecher IL-1 at Indiana Ave
2 Beecher IL-1 at Church Rd
3 Crest Hill US-30 at Larkin Ave
4 Crest Hill IL-7 (Theodore) at US-30
5 Crest Hill IL-7 (Theodore) at IL-7 (Larkin)
6 Crest Hill IL-7 (Larkin) at Hillcrest S. C.
7 Crest Hill IL-7 (Theodore) at Arbor Ln
8 Crest Hill IL-53 at Caton Farm Rd
9 Crest Hill US-30 at Caton Farm Rd
10 Crest Hill IL-53 at Division St
11 Crete IL-1 at Crete-Monee Rd
12 Frankfort US-45 at Laraway Rd
13 Lockport IL-171 at I-355 NB Ramps
14 Lockport IL-171 at I-355 SB Ramps
14 Lockport IL-7 at Farrel Rd
16 Lockport IL-7 at Adelman Dr
17 Lockport IL-7 at 7th St
18 Lockport IL-7 at Hamilton St
19 Lockport IL-7 at Madison St
20 Lockport IL-7 at Loch Ln
21 Naperville IL-59 at 95th St
22 Naperville IL-59 at Cantore Rd
23 Naperville IL-59 at 103rd St
24 Naperville IL-59 at 111th St
25 New Lenox US-6 at I355 East Ramps
26 New Lenox US-30 at Prairie Rd
27 New Lenox US-6 at Cedar Rd
28 Plainfield IL-59 at 143rd St
29 Plainfield IL-59 at Plainfield-Naperville Rd
30 Plainfield IL-59 at 135th St
31 Plainfield IL-59 at Meijer
32 Plainfield US-30 at 135th St
33 Plnfld / WT IL-59 at 119th St
34 Plnfld / WT IL-59 at 127th St
35 Rockdale IL-7 (Larkin Ave) at Meadow Ave
36 Rockdale IL-7 (Larkin Ave) at Moen Ave
37 Rockdale US-6 at Brandon Rd
38 Rkdale / Jol IL-7 (Larkin Ave) at US-6
39 Romeoville IL-53 at Taylor Rd
40 Romeoville Joliet Rd at Bluff Rd
41 Univ. Park IL-50 at Governor Highway
42 Whtland Twp IL-59 at Royal Worlington Dr
43 Whtland Twp US-30 at 111th St

The estimated completion date for the project is July 2014.

There will be daytime lane and shoulder closures at the intersections where work is being performed.

Drivers should expect delays and 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 and be prepared to stop.

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.

2/6/2014 10:44 AM (Updated 3/8/2014 3:50 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL-161 at MetroLink Overpass in Belleville

The St Clair County Transit District announced lane closures may be encountered along Illinois Route 161 east and west bound lanes, at the MetroLink Overpass near the Southwestern Illinois College entrance. Construction activities are anticipated to be completed by July 1, 2014.   Lane closures are needed to construct a pedestrian bridge crossing over IL Route 161.
 
Traffic control devices will be utilized during the lane closure, to assist motorists making their way through the work zone.  The St Clair County Transit District asks that all motorists be patient, reduce speed, and use additional caution when traveling near and throughout this work zone. For more information.
 

12/7/2013 5:14 AM (Updated 1/8/2014 6:08 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Elmhurst Road Interchange on Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90)

The Tollway is building 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 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 Elmhurst Road Interchange will be one of the first diverging diamond interchanges constructed in the region, with the only other one planned at Illinois Route 59 and the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) in Naperville.

“This is a key project that will make it easier and safer for drivers to access the Tollway and it also shows that the Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project is moving ahead,” said Governor Pat Quinn.

“Elmhurst Road and I-90 is an ideal location for this new and innovative design because the configuration allows drivers to enter and exit the interchange more safely and efficiently,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur. “The diverging diamond design at Elmhurst Road will also use less land, reduce costs and maximize traffic flow on the ramps. Further, the design will allow us to maintain traffic on the existing bridge while the new bridge is being built – minimizing the impact of construction on drivers.”

The estimated $85 million project will begin with construction of a new bridge to carry southbound Elmhurst Road traffic over I-90. The traffic shift will provide a work zone for workers to build bridge piers over the winter in preparation for the placement of bridge beams in early spring. Elmhurst Road traffic will remain on the existing bridge until the new bridge is completed in mid-2014 and then traffic will be shifted onto the new bridge, allowing for the reconstruction and widening of the existing bridge for northbound traffic.

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 ramps will remain open throughout the project.

The 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.

The EOWA Project includes construction of a new, all-electronic toll road around the western border of O'Hare International Airport linking the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), the extension of the Elgin O'Hare Expressway east along Thorndale Avenue to O'Hare and the rehabilitation and widening of the existing Elgin O'Hare Expressway. The 2013-2025 construction plan is broadly supported by local governments and represents a fiscally responsible approach to address the area's diverse travel needs — improving travel efficiency, providing western access to O'Hare, enhancing multi-modal connections and reducing congestion. Due to the overall magnitude of the project and potential to dramatically improve mobility, freight connectivity and enhance the national and regional economies, the EOWA Project is considered a Project of National and Regional Significance by the U.S. Department of Transportation.


11/15/2013 4:18 PM (Updated 1/8/2014 5:53 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Eight Local Crossroad Bridges closed over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90)

In 2013, the Illinois Tollway is reconstructing the Mill Road, Irene Road, Stone Quarry Road, Genoa Road, Getty Road, Brier Hill Road, Sandwald Road and Powers Road bridges. Detour routes will be posted and electronic message signs will be put in place to alert drivers to the bridge closure dates. Construction project and detour information is also available in the “Projects By Roadway” section in the Construction/Planning section on the Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com.

Full closure of these local crossroad bridges is necessary because the roadways over I-90 are too narrow to accommodate traffic while completing the work. All eight bridges, which were originally built in the 1950s, will be lengthened to accommodate the new, wider I-90 roadway.

The locations and detours for each bridge closure are as follows:

Winnebago County

  • Mill Road: The detour will direct traffic to use U.S. Route 20, Perryville Road and Newburg Road in both directions to route around the Mill Road closure. More than 7,000 vehicles use this stretch of local roadway daily.

Boone County

  • Irene Road: The detour will direct traffic to use U.S. Route 20, Townhall Road and Graham Road in both directions to route around the Irene Road closure. About 850 vehicles use this stretch of local roadway daily
  • Stone Quarry Road: The detour will direct traffic to use U.S. Route 20, Townhall Road and Graham Road in both directions to route around the Stone Quarry Road closure. About 1,200 vehicles use this stretch of local roadway daily.
  • Genoa Road: The detour will direct traffic to use U.S. Route 20, Crystal Parkway, Tripp Road and Cohoon Road in both directions to route around the Genoa Road closure. About 4,100 vehicles use this stretch of local roadway daily.

McHenry County

  • Getty Road: The detour will direct traffic to use Harmony Road, Hampshire Road, Melms Road and County Line Road in both directions to route around the Getty Road closure. About 150 vehicles use this stretch of local roadway daily.
  • Brier Hill Road: The detour will direct traffic to use Harmony Road and U.S. Route 20 in both directions to route around the Brier Hill Road closure. About 650 vehicles use this stretch of local roadway daily.

Kane County

  • Sandwald Road: The detour will direct traffic to use Jim Dhamer Road, Illinois Route 47 and Big Timber Road in both directions to route around the Sandwald Road closure. About 450 vehicles use this stretch of local roadway daily.
  • Powers Road: The detour will direct traffic to use Big Timber Road, Illinois Route 72, Higgins Road, Tyrrell Road and Freeman Road in both directions to route around the Powers Road closure. About 600 vehicles use this stretch of local roadway daily.