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Illinois Tollway logo   Overnight Ramp Closures Scheduled on Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) at Illinois Route 53 and Arlington Heights Road

Temporary, overnight lane closures on the ramp carrying eastbound Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) traffic to northbound Illinois Route 53 are scheduled this week for installation of a new monotube for toll collection at the ramp toll plaza. Closures are also scheduled the week of October 20 at the ramp carrying Arlington Heights Road traffic to westbound I-90. 

Following the evening rush hour, monotube installation work is scheduled to begin after 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8, with the closure of the I-PASS Only lane at the Illinois Route 53 ramp toll plaza. One lane with an automatic coin machine lane will remain open. I-PASS is accepted at this lane but drivers must come to a stop. 

Overnight, up to four, full closures of the ramp are scheduled after midnight, each lasting up to 15 minutes, to install the new monotube in several segments. All lanes will reopen to traffic by 4 a.m. on Thursday, October 9, in advance of the morning rush hour. 

Similar closures are scheduled the week of October 20 on the ramp carrying Arlington Heights Road traffic to westbound I-90. 

Work to reconstruct the ramps and tolling equipment is part of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project and is scheduled to be complete this fall. Monotubes will replace the canopies at these two reconstructed plazas. Throughout construction at both ramp toll plazas, one lane with an automatic coin machine and one I-PASS Only lane will be available as construction progresses from lane to lane to rebuild the toll plaza. Up to 11,390 vehicles per day use the Illinois Route 53 ramp, with up to 10,200 vehicles per day using the Arlington Heights Road ramp.

10/8/2014 2:45 AM (Updated 10/9/2014 12:57 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Illinois Tollway Preparing for Beam Installation on Fox River Bridge on Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90)

Gantry system within existing work zone will provide room to maintain three lanes of traffic in both directions during construction

Work has begun to assemble an innovative gantry system that will be used to move and install bridge beams for the new Fox River Bridge on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) in Elgin. All work will occur behind barrier wall in the work zone, without having to close any lanes to traffic. 

Three lanes will remain open in both directions during assembly of the gantry system over the next few weeks and when beam installation begins in early November for construction of the new eastbound bridge. The overhead gantry system will eliminate the need to stage cranes on the existing bridge structure, which would have required lane closures. 

The Illinois Tollway is rebuilding and widening the Fox River Bridge in Elgin as part of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project scheduled to be completed in 2016. The $95 million Fox River Bridge Project includes construction of two new bridge structures that will increase capacity from six lanes to eight lanes with full shoulders in both directions to accommodate the new, wider I-90 roadway and also provide for drainage improvements and replacement of the existing bicycle and pedestrian bridge. 

As construction of the new gantry system begins, crews are also working to complete construction of bridge piers both adjacent to and in the Fox River below the bridge to support the new eastbound bridge structure. Once the seven new bridge piers are completed in early November, work will begin to place new beams to support the new bridge deck using the gantry system within the existing work zone. 

The gantry system will include three main frames each 80 feet long, 11 feet wide and 27 feet tall and positioned 150 to 170 feet apart, depending on the length of the beams. Each main frame has an 11-foot column on each end supporting overhead beams with cross bracing between them to carry two, 50-ton hoists and a trolley system that will be used to lift and transport the concrete beams from the delivery truck to bridge piers. Two gantries will be used to set each beam, with one gantry on each end of a beam.

When beam installation begins, a truck with a beam will pull into the work zone. Hoists on each of the two gantries will pick up and raise the beam, which will then be moved across the work zone and into place on the new piers by the overhead trolley. There will be 24 beams installed on this portion of the new eastbound bridge deck. The beams are 150 to 170 feet long and 7 foot 6 inches tall, weighing about 200,000 pounds each. 

Once beams on each pier are set, the gantry main frame over that pier will be disassembled and moved to the next open pier. This procedure will continue until all of the bridge beams have been set on the seven new bridge piers.

 Completion of the new portion of the eastbound bridge structure will allow for three lanes of traffic in each direction to be shifted onto the eastbound bridge in 2015, while the existing westbound bridge is removed for rebuilding and widening. The remaining portion of the eastbound bridge will be reconstructed in 2016. 

The new Fox River Bridge will include two, side-by-side 1,315-foot-long structures that will stand 40 feet above the surface of the Fox River and adjacent roadways. Each of the new structures will have fewer piers to reduce the environmental impact on the waterway and forested fen below. The new bridge structures will have eight spans supported by seven piers. The existing structures have 14 piers. 

Currently, up to 101,300 vehicles travel on the I-90 Fox River Bridge daily. The Tollway is coordinating work on the Fox River Bridge Project with the city of Elgin, Kane County, the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), IDNR Office of Water Resources and the Illinois Nature Preserve Commission. 

Constructed as part of the original Tollway system in the 1950s, rebuilding and widening the Fox River Bridge is necessary to accommodate the $2.5 billion I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project. 

I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project

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

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

Getting Tollway Construction Information

The Illinois Tollway offers the following ways for drivers to get the latest travel information before they get on the road:

· www.illinoistollway.com – Construction/Planning section and Tollway Trip Calculator, live roadway images and real-time roadway incident information

· 1-800-TOLL-FYI – Daily lane closure and travel information (updated every two hours or as conditions require during winter storms)

· 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 15-year, $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, Illiana Expressway and other emerging projects.

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).

10/23/2014 1:48 AM (Updated 10/23/2014 1:52 AM)

Kaine County Illinois small logo   La Fox Rd Bridge Replacement over Mill Creek

LaFox Road between Campton Hills Road and IL Route 38 will be closed to through traffic from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm for one day during the week of October 27, 2014 to allow crews better access to the construction site. Current projections indicate that the closure will most likely occur during the early part of the week, i.e. either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Local traffic access to Elodie Drive and North Grand Monde Road will be provided from IL Route 38 to the south only. During this time, large equipment will be working on the bridge and the road will not be passible. Motorists are advised to follow the
posted Truck Detour which utilizes IL Route 64, Randall Road, and IL Route 38.

10/22/2014 1:22 PM (Updated 10/22/2014 1:23 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Update: I-74 Overpasses at Adams and Jefferson in Peoria

All lanes of Jefferson Street at I-74 have reopened. The I-74 tunnel on-ramp at this location is expected to reopen Wednesday or Thursday of this week.

This will mark the completion of the bridge beam replacement project for the Adams and Jefferson I-74 overpasses.

For IDOT District 4 updates on Twitter, follow us at https://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict4.

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

10/21/2014 9:07 PM (Updated 10/22/2014 11:02 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Traffic Shifts Scheduled to Begin on Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90)

Overnight I-90 lane closures planned this week; bridge reconstruction for I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project

Overnight lane closures are scheduled this week to prepare to shift westbound traffic on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) traveling under the Higgins Road Bridge in Hoffman Estates as work continues to rebuild the bridge over I-90 as part of the Illinois Tollway’s $2.5 billion I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project. Higgins Road and the bridge remain open during bridge reconstruction.

Short-term traffic shifts on I-90 throughout the fall will allow the Tollway to continue to provide three lanes of traffic in both directions while providing a work zone to complete bridge removal and retaining wall construction and begin placement of steel beams to support the new Higgins Road Bridge.

Two nights of lane closures are scheduled this week for pavement striping and barrier wall placement to prepare for the traffic shift. Weather permitting, beginning at 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, one westbound lane on I-90 will close, followed by the closure of a second lane at 10 p.m. Lane closures will be needed over two nights to complete work in preparation of the traffic shift. All lanes are scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. on Friday, October 24, in advance of the morning commute.

Weather permitting, the same closures are planned on Friday, October 24. By 8 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, October 25, westbound I-90 traffic will be shifted to the left, with one lane of traffic traveling on the eastbound side of the road separated by barrier walls. Eastbound I-90 traffic under the Higgins Road Bridge is already shifted to the right to accommodate the additional lane. Traffic in both directions will continue to have access to all entrance and exit ramps at Illinois Route 59 to the west and Barrington Road to the east.

Traffic on I-90 will remain in this configuration into November. When work on the westbound side of the roadway is competed, a similar traffic shift will be put in place for eastbound I-90 traffic. Traffic on I-90 will be shifted throughout construction as bridge work progresses.

Electronic message signs will be put in place to alert drivers to the traffic shift. Construction information is available in the “Projects by Roadway” section in the Construction/Planning section on the Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com.

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



All Higgins Road traffic is currently traveling on the eastbound bridge structure and is scheduled to be shifted onto the new westbound bridge by the end of the year. Traffic will remain in this configuration until the new eastbound bridge is complete in 2015.

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

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

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

Work Zone Safety
A 45 mph work zone speed limit is in place on Higgins Road. A 55 mph work zone speed limit is in effect 24/7 on I-90 in both directions between Illinois Route 25 and Elmhurst Road, whether or not workers are present. A 45 mph work zone speed limit is in place in both directions between Elmhurst Road and the Kennedy Expressway. Drivers should continue to watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution at all times. 

10/21/2014 2:33 AM (Updated 10/21/2014 5:35 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Eastbound Willow Road Exit Ramp From NB I-94 (Edens Expressway) Closed for 10 Days

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that the eastbound Willow Road exit ramp from northbound Interstate 94 (Edens Expressway) will be closed for the next 10 days as part the ongoing Willow Road reconstruction.
 
The closure was put in place today and will be lifted, weather permitting, on Oct. 30.
 
A detour route is posted directing northbound I-94 traffic to the Dundee Road exit to access eastbound Willow Road via Illinois 43 (Waukegan Road).
 
Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment.
 
For more details on the Willow Road project, visit www.dot.state.il.us/projects/willow-road-reconstruction.

Find details on other construction projects in IDOT's District 1 at http://goo.gl/upgvZu.
 
Traffic updates are available online at www.travelmidwest.com.

10/20/2014 11:36 AM (Updated 10/22/2014 12:50 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL-15 East of I-255 to IL-163

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that IL 15 from just east of I-255 to IL 163 will be reduced to a single lane beginning Monday, October 20, 2014 to make repairs to the existing pavement, weather permitting.  All lanes will remain open between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. eastbound and between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. westbound each day. All work is expected to be completed by November 7, 2014.
 
The Department asks that motorists be patient, reduce speed, and use extreme caution when traveling near and throughout this work zone.  Please allow for extra time when traveling the above detour routes.  Additional signing and traffic control devices will be provided to assist motorists through the work zones.
 
The Contractor on this project is Keeley Construction of East St Louis, Illinois.  Joe Gasaway 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) 346-3354.

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

10/20/2014 10:54 AM (Updated 10/20/2014 5:50 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL-13 at IL-1 in Gallatin County

The Illinois Department of Transportation would like to alert motorists traveling IL Route 13 at IL Route 1 intersection.

Contractors will be engaged in pavement patching operations. One-way traffic will be routed through the eastbound lane under the direction of flaggers. The closure will begin on Monday, October 20, 2014 and re-open to traffic by Wednesday, October 29, 2014. Motorists are advised to use caution and obey flaggers.

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

10/20/2014 10:52 AM (Updated 10/20/2014 5:33 PM)

Indiana Department of Transportation  logo   SR-8 between US-421 and SR-39 in LaPorte County

Resurfacing work will close State Road 8 between U.S. 421 and S.R. 39 beginning on or after Wednesday, Oct. 22, depending upon weather. The detour for through traffic follows The detour for through traffic follows U.S. 421, S.R. 39 and U.S. 30. 
Rieth Riley Construction of LaPorte is patching and resurfacing this section of S.R. 8 as part of a $1.8 million Indiana Department of Transportation contract. Construction should be completed by the end of November.

10/20/2014 7:59 AM (Updated 10/21/2014 1:58 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   I-70 in Bond County

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced there will be various day time and night time right lane closures between mile marker 36 and 48 on eastbound and westbound Interstate 70 beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, October 20, 2014, until Friday, October 31, 2014, weather permitting.

The closure is needed to allow maintenance crews to perform roadway patching in advance of the winter season.  The Department's District 8 Maintenance Crews are performing the needed roadway repairs.

Traffic control devices including changeable message signs will be utilized during the closures to assist motorists making their way through the work zone.  The Department asks that travelers be patient and use extra caution near and throughout the work area.

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

10/18/2014 12:55 PM (Updated 10/19/2014 4:38 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Westbound US- 30 Reduced to One Lane in Lynwood

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that westbound U.S. 30 in Lynwood will be reduced to one lane next week at the CN Railroad crossing just west of the state line for the installation of temporary signals to warn traffic of approaching trains. Both eastbound lanes will remain open while one westbound lane is closed from Monday, Oct. 20, until Friday, Oct. 24.

The temporary signals will be in place to accommodate the work zone needed for construction of a new bridge carrying U.S. 30 over the CN Railroad tracks. The $29.6 million bridge project started this summer, with an anticipated completion date in late 2016.

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

Find details on other construction projects in IDOT’s District 1 at http://goo.gl/upgvZu. Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at www.travelmidwest.com.

10/18/2014 8:05 AM (Updated 10/20/2014 10:10 AM)

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

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

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

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