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Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Bridge Repair Project on 115th Street over the Bishop Ford

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that closures will take place on the structure that carries 115th Street over the Bishop Ford Freeway (I-94), in Chicago, for a bridge repair project, beginning, weather permitting, Monday, March 20.

In order to complete the work, 115th Street over the Bishop Ford will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Nightly lane closures also will be required on the Bishop Ford under the 115th Street bridge, as needed.

The scope of the project includes repairs to the bridge and reconstruction of the bridge deck. The project is expected to be complete in Summer 2017.

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

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

3/3/2017 10:10 AM (Updated 3/17/2017 5:10 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   ROADWAY RESURFACING SCHEDULED TO RESUME IN APRIL ON THE WESTERN END OF THE REAGAN MEMORIAL TOLLWAY (I-88)

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway will resume work next week to complete roadway resurfacing on the far western segment of the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) in Whiteside and Lee Counties. Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to lane reductions and construction work zones.  

Weather permitting, on Monday, April 3, at 7 a.m. the right eastbound lane will be closed in the 11-mile segment between U.S. Route 30 and U.S. Route 52 to provide a workzone for roadway resurfacing and shoulder reconstruction. Traffic is scheduled to remain in this stage until late May, when the left eastbound lane will be closed to complete the repairs. 

Traffic on eastbound I-88 will be reduced from two lanes to one lane in work zones throughout the majority of the resurfacing project. The partial shoulders on this segment of I-88 are too narrow to safely accommodate a traffic shift and provide for a work zone.

The lane closures are being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Whiteside and Lee Counties, local fire and police departments.  

Resurfacing on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) between U.S. Route 52 and U.S. Route 30 in Rock Falls is necessary to maintain and extend the life of the roadway and provide safe and convenient travel for Tollway customers. The work is scheduled to be complete by summer and is funded by the Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.

Construction information about the I-88 Roadway Improvement Project is available in the “Projects by Roadway” section in the Explore Projects section on the Tollways website at illinoistollway.com. 

Work Zone Safety

The Illinois Tollway is committed to ensuring that the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) and other area roadways remain safe for both drivers and workers during construction, which is part of the agency’s overall commitment to roadway safety.  

Construction zone speed limits are in effect in all construction zones 24/7 and drivers should continue to watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution, especially when workers are present. On I-88, a 45 mph work zone speed limit is in effect throughout the construction season.

Illinois State Police have zero tolerance for drivers speeding in work zones. The minimum penalty for speeding in a work zone is $375. Posted signs advise drivers of a $10,000 fine and a 14-year jail sentence for hitting a roadway worker. 

I-88 Roadway Resurfacing Project

The I-88 Roadway Resurfacing Project will provide customers a smoother surface, improving the overall driving experience, and extend the life of the roadway.

Roadway resurfacing work on I-88 includes milling off two inches of asphalt pavement and replacing it with a new six-inch asphalt overlay. Shoulder reconstruction includes removal of the existing pavement and construction of a new six-inch asphalt shoulder. Once the overlay is completed, the roadway will be restriped with new markings.
This year’s resurfacing work will place the remaining layers of asphalt to complete the conversion of the western segment of I-88 to “perpetual pavement.” The firststage of this work was completed in 2006.
Perpetual pavement is thick enough that only two inches needs to be removed and replaced at a time to keep the surface fresh. Future maintenance will require removal and replacement of the top layer of asphalt only in lieu of full reconstruction of the entire pavement structure.

Getting Tollway Construction Information

The Illinois Tollway has a variety of ways customers can get the latest travel information, including:

·        Illinoistollway.com – Explore Projects section, Tollway Trip Calculator, live roadway images and real-time roadway incident information

  • 1-800-TOLL-FYI – Daily lane closure information
  • travelmidwest.com – Real-time travel times
  • twitter.com – Real-time roadway incident information at ILTollway, Tollway Trip 90, Tollway Trip 88, Tollway Trip 355, Tollway Trip 94/294 and Tollway Trip 390. 

About Move Illinois

The Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future, is improving mobility, relieving congestion, reducing pollution, creating as many as 120,000 jobs and linking economies throughout the region. The first five years of Move Illinois is on schedule and within budget, delivering the rebuilt and widened Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) as a state-of-the-art 21st century corridor and opening a new interchange connecting the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to I-57. Progress continues on projects addressing the remaining needs of the existing Tollway system, delivering the Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project and planning for emerging projects, including reconstruction of the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294). 

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 292 miles of roadways 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), the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80) and the Illinois Route 390 Tollway.

 

3/28/2017 5:37 PM (Updated 3/28/2017 5:37 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   ILLINOIS TOLLWAY ISSUES PSB 17-3 SEEKING FIRMS FOR UPCOMING WORK ON MOVE ILLINOIS Projects

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway today announced that it is seeking firms to provide a variety of professional engineering services for 34 new contracts for its 15-year, $12 billion capital program Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.
These contracts will provide for an upcoming estimated $176 million in services related to the Tollway’s Move Illinois Program.
Contracts being advertised in the Professional Services Bulletin (PSB) 17-3 include:
·        Sixteen design contracts for the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294).
·        One design contract for pavement and structural preservation on the North Tri-State Tollway (I-94)
·        Two design contracts for pavement and structural preservation on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88).
·        Three construction management contracts for work upon request on the Tri-State Tollway (I-/94/I-294/I-80).
·        Three construction management contracts for work on I-88.
·        Two construction management contracts for the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355).
·        Three construction management contracts for the Illinois Route 390 Tollway and the I-490 Tollway.
·        One construction management contract for systemwide projects.
·        Contracts for systemwide pavement management, aerial mapping, underwater inspection of bridge structures and construction management upon request.
Firms interested in submitting a proposal can visit the “Doing Business” section on the Tollway’s website illinoistollway.com for more information. Submissions are due May 4, 2017, with contracts expected to be awarded by the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors during summer 2017. Work is expected to begin this year.
Illinois Tollway professional engineering services contracts are awarded through the qualifications-based selection process (Illinois Public Act 87-673 {30 ILCS 535/1-535/80}) Architectural, Engineering and Land Surveying Qualifications-Based Selection Act), which requires state agencies to select professional architects, engineers and surveyors on the basis of demonstrated competence and professional qualifications.
 
About Move Illinois
The Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future, is improving mobility, relieving congestion, reducing pollution, creating as many as 120,000 jobs and linking economies throughout the region. The first five years of Move Illinois is on schedule and within budget, delivering the rebuilt and widened Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) as a state-of-the-art 21st century corridor and opening a new interchange connecting the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to I-57. Progress continues on projects addressing the remaining needs of the existing Tollway system, delivering the Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project and planning for emerging projects, including reconstruction of the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294).

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 292 miles of roadways 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), the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80) and the Illinois Route 390 Tollway.

 

3/28/2017 4:51 PM (Updated 3/28/2017 4:51 PM)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   Loomis Road rehabilitation project to recommence

On Monday, April 3, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is scheduled to resume work on a rehabilitation project on WIS 36 (Loomis Road), from Racine County Y to WIS 100. The approximate seven-mile project runs through Racine, Waukesha and Milwaukee counties. The contractor, Super Western, began work in July 2016 and is scheduled to complete the project this spring.
Improvements on the project include:
    • Reconstruction of WIS 36 between Champions Drive and US 45/County OO.
    • Resurfacing or base patching on the remainder of WIS 36 within the project limits
    • Resurfacing of US 45/County OO near WIS 36
Most of the aforementioned work was completed in 2016. This year’s operations include finishing reconstruction of the WIS 36 and Champions Drive Intersection, removing traffic cross overs, completing curb and gutter and landscaping, along with minor paving and pavement marking installation.
A single lane closure in each direction, near WIS 36 and Champions Drive Intersection, will last until near completion of the project.  
The remainder of the work will require intermittent, short-term lane closures to complete the work.
The schedule of work is weather dependent and subject to change.
More information about the project can be found on 511 Wisconsin at http://projects.511wi.gov/wis36loomis

3/28/2017 2:19 PM (Updated 3/28/2017 2:19 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Repairs Scheduled to Begin Next Week on Spring Creek Road Bridge over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) in Rockford

The Illinois Tollway is scheduled to begin local road bridge repairs next week on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) in the Rockford area with the closure of the Spring Creek Road Bridge. In addition, repair work is also scheduled on ramps at the East Riverside Boulevard Interchange on I-90 in Loves Park.

Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to the closures and posted detours throughout the repair work. Traffic shifts and closures are necessary to provide a work zone and safely accommodate bridge and ramp repair work on I-90.

The Spring Creek Road Bridge is among five local crossroad bridges scheduled to be repaired along I-90 in Rockford and in Winnebago County in 2017. Local crossroad bridges being repaired in 2017 also include Rock Cut State Park Road, Harlem Road, Belvidere Road and Rockton Road in Winnebago County.

In addition, the Illinois Tollway has scheduled repairs on three I-90 mainline bridges over Burr Oak Road, Stone Bridge Trail and Illinois Route 173, as well as on ramps at the Rockton Road Interchange and East Riverside Boulevard Interchange.

All repair work is scheduled to be complete this summer.

Spring Creek Road Bridge
Weather permitting, on Monday, April 3, work on the Spring Creek Road Bridge is scheduled to begin with overnight lane closures for two nights on I-90 to prepare for bridge repair work. Once the advance work is complete, a two-week full closure of the bridge is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5.

During the bridge closure, posted detours will direct eastbound traffic to Bell School Road and direct westbound traffic to Lyford Road and then over I-90 via Rote Road.

Closure of the local crossroad bridge is necessary because the bridge structure is not wide enough to maintain traffic and provide a work zone. In addition to providing a safe work zone for construction workers and drivers, closure of the bridge will allow work to be complete in half the time. Up to 6,600 vehicles use this bridge daily.

East Riverside Boulevard Interchange
Weather permitting, ramp pavement and shoulder repairs are scheduled to begin on all four ramps at the East Riverside Boulevard Interchange. The right shoulder and lane on each ramp are scheduled to close at 6 a.m. on Monday, April 3. When that work is complete, the left shoulder and lane on each ramp will be closed for repairs. Up to 11,650 vehicles use this interchange daily.

Construction and detours are being coordinated with the City of Rockford, the City of Loves Park and Winnebago County, along with local school districts and police and fire departments.

Bridges and ramp repairs scheduled for 2017 on I-90 are necessary to maintain and extend the life of the bridges and ramps and to provide safe and convenient travel for Tollway customers. The work is funded by the Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.

Construction information about the Local Crossroad Bridge and the I-90 Bridge and Ramp Repairs Projects is available in the “Projects by Roadway” section in the Explore Projects section on the Tollway’s website at illinoistollway.com.

 

3/28/2017 10:20 AM (Updated 3/28/2017 10:20 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Overnight Lane Closures to Begin Next Week on the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Mile Long Bridge

Temporary closures needed to prepare for scheduled bridge maintenance and repair project  

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – Temporary, overnight lane closures are scheduled next week on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Mile Long Bridge to prepare for repair and maintenance work scheduled as part of the Illinois Tollway’s 2017 construction program.  

Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place in advance to alert drivers. The temporary closures are necessary to provide a work zone and safely accommodate the Mile Long Bridge repairs. All work is weather dependent.  

In 2017, the Illinois Tollway will begin repairs and maintenance work on the I-294 Mile Long Bridge. Work will include replacing pavement in all lanes in both directions, as well as bridge joint repairs and bridge deck drainage system cleaning. The project is scheduled to be complete in 2018. 

Weather permitting, during the week of April 3, temporary nightly lane closures will be put in place between Archer Avenue and 75th Street from 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning. One lane and shoulder will be closed in the both directions to remove rumble strips and prepare to shift traffic to provide a work zone for repair work.  

Once this advance work is completed, long-term lane closures in both directions between Archer Avenue and 75th Street will be put in place and traffic will be shifted to maintain four lanes in both directions and bridge repairs and maintenance work will begin. However, additional lane closures will be required overnight to accommodate the work.   

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

Maintenance and repair work on the Mile Long Bridge is necessary to extend the life of the bridge structure and enable the Tollway to provide safe and convenient travel for customers. More than 150,000 vehicles use this bridge daily. The work is part of the Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. 

Construction information about the Mile Long Bridge Repair Project is available in the “Projects by Roadway” section in the Explore Projects section on the Tollways website at illinoistollway.com. 

Work Zone Safety

The Illinois Tollway is committed to ensuring that the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) and other area roadways remain safe for both drivers and workers during construction, which is part of the agency’s overall commitment to roadway safety.  

Construction zone speed limits are in effect in all construction zones 24/7 and drivers should continue to watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution, especially when workers are present. On I-294, a 45 mph work zone speed limit is in effect throughout the construction season.  

Illinois State Police have zero tolerance for drivers speeding in work zones. The minimum penalty for speeding in a work zone is $375. Posted signs advise drivers of a $10,000 fine and a 14-year jail sentence for hitting a roadway worker. 

Getting Tollway Construction Information

The Illinois Tollway has a variety of ways customers can get the latest travel information, including:

  •          Illinoistollway.com – Explore Projects section, Tollway Trip Calculator, live roadway images and real-time roadway incident information
  •         1-800-TOLL-FYI – Daily lane closure information
  •         travelmidwest.com – Real-time travel times
  •         twitter.com – Real-time roadway incident information at ILTollway, Tollway Trip 90, Tollway Trip 88, Tollway Trip 355, Tollway Trip 94/294 and Tollway Trip 390.
3/27/2017 5:07 PM (Updated 3/27/2017 5:18 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   New Traffic Pattern on Inbound Kennedy Expressway

CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that construction will resume on the inbound Kennedy Expressway (eastbound Interstate 190 and Interstate 90) from O'Hare Airport to Harlem Avenue, in Chicago, as part of the ongoing improvements to the Kennedy, beginning, weather permitting, Saturday, March 25. The new configuration is required for two projects which include resurfacing and the addition of a new lane on the eastbound Kennedy, as well as the construction of the new Cumberland flyover ramp.
 
Starting Saturday, a new traffic pattern will take place on the inbound Kennedy between O'Hare Airport and Harlem Avenue. The new traffic pattern includes narrow lanes, lane shifts and closed shoulders.
 
The flyover will connect the eastbound Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (Interstate 90) to Cumberland Avenue, in Chicago, spanning the CTA Blue Line and eastbound Interstate 190. When complete in Fall 2018, it will enhance safety and reduce congestion for motorists at the eastbound I-90 and I-190 merge, as well as vehicles exiting on Cumberland Avenue.
 
The improvement project along the eastbound Kennedy include construction of an additional lane along inbound I-90 from Cumberland Avenue to Harlem Avenue, as well as the installation of new retaining walls and lighting.
 
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.

3/27/2017 4:39 PM (Updated 3/27/2017 5:19 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Lane Closures Scheduled to Begin on Elmhurst Road Over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90)

Local road lane closures are scheduled to begin next week as construction resumes at the Elmhurst Road Interchange Project on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) with local roadway improvement work.

The local road lane closures are necessary to provide a work zone and safely accommodate the completion of construction activities. Electronic message signs will be put in place to alert drivers to the lane closures and traffic patterns.

Weather permitting, on Monday, April 3, Elmhurst Road traffic south of the interchange will be reduced to one lane in both directions for pavement removal and replacement. This stage of construction is schedule to continue into mid-May.

In addition during the week of April 3, traffic will also be reduced to one lane in each direction on Oakton Street and Elmhurst Road to complete intersection and local road work. Traffic is scheduled to remain in this configuration until work is completed this summer.

Currently, the ramps carrying traffic to and from the east are open to traffic with the ongoing construction work zone adjacent to Elmhurst Road.

Local road lane closures are being coordinated with the Elk Grove Village, the City of Des Plaines, the Village of Mount Prospect, Cook County and the Illinois Department of Transportation, along with local police and fire departments.

The Illinois Tollway is scheduled to complete the Elmhurst Road Interchange Project in 2017. Prior to opening the new diverging diamond interchange configuration and new ramps to carry traffic to and from the west, work includes completion of pavement on Elmhurst Road, installation of new permanent traffic signals, lighting and pavement markings necessary to safely open the interchange in the configuration. In addition, remaining local road improvements include completion of work at the Oakton intersection and reconstruction of Elmhurst Road pavement south of the interchange.

3/27/2017 11:00 AM (Updated 3/27/2017 3:40 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   *UPDATE* Lane Restrictions For The Week Of March 27, 2017

Motorists should be aware of the following on-going closures:

JERSEY COUNTY

  • IL 3 from Grafton Hills Road to IL 109 near Grafton one lane restricted to perform widening, box culvert extensions and resurfacing through December 2017. (JA)
  • David Lane between IL 111 and North Humbert Road closed to all traffic to construct a new asphalt roadway through mid-May 2017. During this closure motorists will not be able to access David Lane from IL 111. Detour signs will be in place to provide access to the eastern portions of David Lane. (JA)

MADISON COUNTY

  • I-70 near Highland has intermittent lane closures in each direction from Prairie Road (mile post 26) to Baumann Road (mile post 33) near Highland, weather permitting, to make repairs to the pavement through the end of March 2017. All lanes will be OPEN to peak hour traffic during the following times: (JA)
    • Eastbound I-70: Monday through Thursday - 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    • Westbound I-70: Monday through Friday - 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM
    • Eastbound and Westbound I-70: Fridays - 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM
  • IL 3/111 (Homer Adams Parkway) at Golf Road, lane restrictions to construct intersection and drainage improvements for the proposed Alton Multimodal Facility through June 2017. (Ops)
  • IL 4, St. Jacob, structure over the East Fork of Silver Creek approximately 0.7 mile north of US 40, reduced to one-way traffic with width restrictions in place and temporary traffic signals for the remainder of construction through spring 2017. (SEP)
  • IL 157 (Bluff Road) and Main Street north of IL 162, lane restrictions for intersection and drainage improvements to construct a fourth leg to the intersection until June 1, 2017. (Ops)
  • SIU Northern Access Road over Cahokia Creek between IL 143 and New Poag Road will be reduced to one lane for approximately one month. At that time, the northbound and southbound lanes will both be reduced to one lane for the remainder of the project to repair the surfaces of both bridges through fall 2017. (JA)
  • Hawthorne Avenue closed in both directions to all traffic between IL 3 and Old St. Louis Avenue in Hartford to replace a collector manhole for the Wood River Levee District Pump Station through mid-April 2017. Signed detours will be in place directing motorists to alternate routes. (Ops)

ST. CLAIR COUNTY

  • I-55/64 westbound, between 3rd Street and Tudor Avenue, the right lane remains closed through spring 2017. Throughout the duration of this work, one lane of traffic will be closed at all times leaving two lanes open for traffic to construct a new ramp that will connect eastbound traffic from the Martin Luther King Bridge to westbound I-55/64. (JTC)
  • I-64, from the Green Mount Road interchange to the IL 4 interchange, eastbound and westbound daily and nightly lane restrictions to add additional lanes to I-64 and construct a new interchange at Rieder Road through June 2017. All westbound lanes, west of IL 158, will remain open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM and all westbound lanes, east of IL 158, will remain open from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. All eastbound lanes, west of IL 158, will remain open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM and from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM and all eastbound lanes, east of IL 158, will remain open from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. (SEP)
  • IL 13 under IL 15, Belleville, closed to all traffic through spring 2017. (JGG)
  • IL 15 bridges over IL 13, Belleville, one lane closed in each direction of bridges through spring 2017. (JGG)
  • IL 157 at IL 161/St. Clair Avenue, the bridge carrying IL 157 over IL 161/St. Clair Avenue has one lane in each direction open, including all ramps. Work will continue throughout the winter, and all four lanes will be opened in the spring 2017. (JGG)
  • Rieder Road, from US 50 to Wherry Road, closed except to local traffic to reconstruct Rieder Road and construct a new interstate interchange with I-64 through mid-May 2017. (SEP)

List of daily lane closures, weather permitting:

MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017

  • No lane restrictions to report

TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2017

  • **NEW** IL 3 northbound ramp to eastbound I-55/64, east of the Poplar Street Bridge, daytime ramp closure from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM to perform a thorough bridge inspection. During this time, motorists wishing to travel from northbound IL 3 to eastbound I-55/64 will need to utilize alternate routes.(Ops)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017

  • **NEW** IL 3 northbound ramp to eastbound I-55/64, east of the Poplar Street Bridge, daytime ramp closure from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM to perform a thorough bridge inspection. During this time, motorists wishing to travel from northbound IL 3 to eastbound I-55/64 will need to utilize alternate routes.(Ops)

THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2017

  • No lane restrictions to report

FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017

  • No lane restrictions to report

SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017

  • No lane restrictions to report

SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2017

  • No lane restrictions to report

Complete press releases for IDOT are available at http://www.idot.illinois.gov/about-idot/stay-connected/news-releases/Construction/releases.
For IDOT District 8 updates on Twitter, follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict8.

3/24/2017 4:28 PM (Updated 3/27/2017 4:13 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IDOT Funds Repair Project for Key Bridges in Chicago

CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that $4.2 million in state funds will be released for a City of Chicago project to repair two key bridges that carry Lake Shore Drive over Lawrence Avenue and Wilson Avenue.

"The Lawrence and Wilson bridges provide a vital connection between communities and the lakefront," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. "These repairs will deliver safer travel along and under the bridges, allowing for residents to better enjoy Chicago's beautiful lakefront as they walk, bike or drive to the beach."

The scope of the project includes removing loose concrete and making other necessary repairs, as well as repairing the concrete beams at both structures. The improvements will enhance safety and extend the life of the bridges.

The projects will cost an estimated $8.4 million combined, which will be split between state and federal funding.

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

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

3/24/2017 4:10 PM (Updated 3/25/2017 9:06 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Rest Area Closures - I-64, I-57 and I-70

Collinsville, IL - The Illinois Department of Transportation announces the following rest area closures. 

The I-64 Gateway Rest Area, Westbound, will be closed to all visitors and traffic beginning Monday, March 27, 2017.  It is anticipated that the closure will go through May 11, 2017.

 I-64 Gateway Rest Area Eastbound will remain open during this closure. 

The I-57 Post Oak Rest Area, Northbound, will be closed to all visitors and traffic beginning Wednesday, March 29, 2017.  It is anticipated that the closure will go through May 15, 2017. 

I-57 Post Oak Rest Area, Southbound, will remain open during this closure. 

The I-64 and I-57 rest area closures are necessary for lighting and other improvements at these facilities.  Fager-McGee Commercial Construction and FW Electric are contracted through Illinois Capital Development Board to perform this work.  Traffic control devices will be utilized to close the facilities to traffic.

The I-70 Silver Lake Rest Area, both Eastbound and Westbound, will be closed to all visitors and traffic beginning Monday, April 3, 2017.  It is anticipated that these closures will go through May 5, 2017, weather permitting.  These closure are necessary for parking lot resurfacing.  Killian Corporation and Keeley & Sons Inc. are performing this work. 

Traffic control devices will be utilized to assist motorists during these restrictions. The Department asks that motorists be patient, reduce speed, obey all warning signs, and use additional caution when traveling near this work zone. Additional information is also available at http://stl-traffic.org.

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

3/24/2017 4:03 PM (Updated 3/25/2017 8:30 AM)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   Work on WIS 50 in Walworth County to Begin

On Monday, April 3, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is scheduled to begin a road improvement project on WIS 50 (7th Street and Geneva Street) from Wisconsin Street to Wright Street, in the city of Delavan, Walworth County.

The public is invited to learn more about the project by attending an open house on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the Delavan Municipal Building, 123 South 2nd Street, from 5 to 6 p.m. 

The improvements on this approximately one mile corridor include:

  • Resurfacing from Wisconsin Avenue to Park Avenue.
  • Railroad improvements (new surface, gate and lighting) at 7th Street railroad crossing.
  • Reconstruction from Park Avenue to east of Wright Street.
  • Reconstruction of WIS 50 and Borg/Wright Street Intersection.
  • Addition of shared-use path (north of WIS 50) from Wright Street to east of I-43.

Access to businesses will be maintained. Whenever possible, all efforts will be made to maintain one lane of traffic in each direction on WIS 50. However, water main work will require segments of WIS 50 to be fully closed short-term. Upon completion of a particular segment, crews will move onto another segment until this water main operation is finished, which is anticipated to last more than three months.

Improvements to the railroad crossing near Wisconsin Street may require an additional short-term closure.

A detour will be in effect for the duration of the project. If heading westbound on WIS 50, motorists can go north on Wright Street to connect with Racine Street. Go west on Racine Street to proceed to your destination. Eastbound motorists would reverse the aforementioned directions.

The contractor is planning on completing the $4.8 million project in late fall of 2017. The schedule of work is weather dependent and subject to change.
More information can be found on the project website at: http://projects.511wi.gov/wis50walw/

3/24/2017 3:33 PM (Updated 3/25/2017 8:43 AM)

Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   Westbound Lowry Tunnel Reduced to 1 lane overnights starting March 27

Motorists will see lane reductions overnight while crews remove concrete in the westbound Lowry Tunnel on I-94 in Minneapolis.

Starting Monday, March 27, the westbound half of the Lowry Tunnel will be reduced to two lanes at 8 p.m. and to one lane at 10 p.m. The tunnel should reopen daily by 6 a.m. These restrictions could be in place through March 30.

Restrictions remain on eastbound side Sunday and potentially Monday, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. If eastbound side work is required Monday, it should be no more than an hour or two then shift to westbound. While crews work in the eastbound tunnel, the eastbound I-394 ramp to I-94 east will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The concrete removal in the tunnel is expected to be done by the end of next week.

This work is in preparation to shift both directions of traffic into one side of the tunnel. Traffic will be shifted in mid to late May while bridge and tunnel work requires crews to close the westbound tunnel.

In addition to the tunnel work, on Monday, March 27, the left lane of eastbound I-94 will close from I-694 in Brooklyn Center to Seventh Street in Minneapolis. Traffic will eventually be reduced to two lanes on both directions of I-94 through fall.

Traffic capacity on I-94 will be reduced for much of the spring, summer and fall. Motorists should plan ahead, prepare for delays and pay attention in work zones.

Traffic restrictions and ramp and road closures will regularly change during the project. Visit the project website for updates on closures:

http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i94brooklyncntr/

MnDOT’s 511 website provides real-time updates.

3/24/2017 12:56 PM (Updated 3/25/2017 8:32 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Overnight Lane, Ramp Closures Scheduled Next Week On The Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) in Aurora

Temporary full closures planned for bridge beam removal as part of the Farnsworth Avenue Interchange Project

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – Temporary, overnight ramp and intermittent full roadway closures are scheduled next week on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) for bridge replacement work as part of the Farnsworth Avenue Interchange Project in Aurora.

Lane closures for bridge beam removal work are currently underway during overnight hours throughout March to minimize the impact on traffic. Electronic message signs and construction signage are in place in advance to alert drivers. The additional ramp and roadway closures are necessary to provide a work zone and safely accommodate reconstruction of the Farnsworth Avenue Interchange.

Weather permitting, during the week of March 27, two nights of overnight work, including intermittent, full roadway closures and ramp closures, will be scheduled between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. for bridge beam removal.

On I-88, overnight work is scheduled to begin each night with the closure of one lane in both directions at 7 p.m., and the closure of a second lane in both directions at 10 p.m. The Intermittent, full closures of I-88, each lasting 15 minutes, will be scheduled to begin at 10:30 p.m. on the westbound side of I-88 on the first night and on the eastbound side on the second night of work.   

To accommodate removal of the bridge over the westbound lanes on I-88, the ramp from westbound I-88 to southbound Farnsworth Avenue is scheduled to close at 10 p.m. to provide a work zone for the first night of work. In addition, to accommodate bridge removal over the eastbound lanes on I-88, the ramp from southbound Farnsworth Avenue to eastbound I-88 is scheduled to close at 10 p.m. for the second night of work. No detours will be posted for the overnight ramp closures. Drivers will be able to access southbound Farnsworth via the Eola Road Interchange to the east.

All lanes on I-88 and the ramps will be scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. the following morning, ahead of the morning rush hour.

On Farnsworth Avenue, all traffic is currently shifted into the northbound lanes to accommodate the removal and reconstruction of the southbound side of the bridge over I-88. Two lanes remain open in both directions. Traffic is scheduled to remain in this configuration through summer.

The ramp and lane closures are being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the City of Aurora, Aurora Township, DuPage and Kane Counties, local fire and police departments.

Construction information about the Farnsworth Avenue Interchange Project is available in the “Projects by Roadway” section in the Explore Projects section on the Tollway’s website at illinoistollway.com.

Work Zone Safety

The Illinois Tollway is committed to ensuring that the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) and other area roadways remain safe for both drivers and workers during construction, which is part of the agency’s overall commitment to roadway safety.

Construction zone speed limits are in effect in all construction zones 24/7 and drivers should continue to watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution, especially when workers are present. On Farnsworth Avenue, a 35 mph work zone speed limit is in effect throughout the construction season. On I-88, a 55 mph work zone speed limit will be in place.

Illinois State Police have zero tolerance for drivers speeding in work zones. The minimum penalty for speeding in a work zone is $375. Posted signs advise drivers of a $10,000 fine and a 14-year jail sentence for hitting a roadway worker.

The Farnsworth Interchange Project

The $19 million Farnsworth Avenue Interchange Project is reconfiguring ramps and reconstructing the Farnsworth Avenue Bridge over the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) in Aurora to extend the life of the interchange, increase traffic capacity and provide safe and convenient travel for Tollway customers. The project includes the construction of a new bridge, ramp reconfiguration, installation of energy-efficient LED lighting and the addition of a bicycle and pedestrian path across the bridge. Work on the project is scheduled to be complete in 2017.

In 2016, the Illinois Tollway completed removal and reconstruction of the side of the bridge carrying northbound traffic, along with the closure and reconfiguration of two ramps carrying traffic from eastbound I-88 to northbound Farnsworth Avenue and from northbound Farnsworth Avenue to westbound I-88.

3/23/2017 4:45 PM (Updated 3/25/2017 8:54 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Intersection Improvement Project at Dundee Road and Buffalo Grove Road

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that an intersection improvement project is taking place at Dundee Road (IL-68) and Buffalo Grove Road, in Buffalo Grove. The work will require temporary, intermittent lane closures for the duration of the project.

In order to complete the work, daytime lane closures will take place in both directions on Dundee Road and Buffalo Grove Road. The lane closures will take place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Access to local businesses will remain open.

The scope of the project includes resurfacing, as well as improvements to the sidewalk, traffic signals and drainage at the intersection. The project is expected to be complete in Fall 2017.

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

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

3/21/2017 10:19 AM (Updated 3/25/2017 9:24 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Lane Closures Scheduled to Begin This Week on Roselle Road Over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90)

Local road lane closures are scheduled this week at the Roselle Road Interchange on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) in Schaumburg to complete local improvements and wrap up the project. Electronic message signs are in place to alert drivers in advance to the scheduled lane closures and traffic patterns.

Weather permitting, long-term lane closures will begin on Monday, March 20, and continue through summer to complete shoulder work, roadway lighting, landscaping and traffic signal improvements. The local road lane closures are necessary to provide a work zone and safely accommodate the completion of construction activities.

Work will begin with the closure of one right lane in both directions on Roselle Road between Hillcrest Boulevard and Central Avenue. Traffic is scheduled to remain in this configuration into May, at which time the closures of one left lane in both directions will be put in place to complete roadway median work. All work is scheduled to be complete this summer.

The local road lane closures are being coordinated with the Village of Schaumburg, Cook County and the Illinois Department of Transportation, along with local police and fire departments.

3/20/2017 11:07 AM (Updated 3/20/2017 3:22 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Construction Work on 19th Street in East Moline to Begin Monday, March 20
The Illinois Department of Transportation announces today that weather permitting, construction work on 19th Street in East Moline will begin on Monday, March 20, 2017. Civil Constructors is starting the $1.5 million project to make repairs to the retaining wall along the east side of the roadway south of the IL-84/IL 92 intersection.
 
The contractor will be replacing a portion of the retaining wall and repair other sections. During the first week of the project, 19th Street will remain open to traffic. There will be daytime lane closures so motorists should be alert for flaggers who will be directing traffic.
 
Starting on Monday, March 27, 2017, 19th Street will be closed south of IL-92 for approximately 30 days while the wall replacement is completed. Traffic will need to use alternate routes during the closure period.
Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.
 
For IDOT District 2 updates on Twitter, follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict2.
3/17/2017 4:57 PM (Updated 3/20/2017 10:01 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Lane Closure-East IL-111 Jersey County
The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that David Lane will be closed to all traffic between IL-111 and North Humbert Road starting Monday, March 20, 2017, weather permitting. During this closure, motorists will not be able to access David Lane from IL-111. Detour signs will be in place to provide access to the eastern portions of David Lane. This closure is required to construct a new asphalt roadway and is expected to remain in place until the middle of May of this year.
 
Additional information is available at http://stl-traffic.org.

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

3/17/2017 4:26 PM (Updated 3/20/2017 9:54 AM)

Indiana Department of Transportation   US-20/31 Ramp Closures in South Bend for Maintenance Work

Maintenance Crews will be clipping shoulders to ensure proper drainage.

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is alerting drivers of periodic ramp closures on the US-20/31 Bypass in South Bend, Monday, March 20 through Wednesday, March 29. INDOT maintenance crews will be clipping shoulders between Mayflower Road and US-20. During the closures, crews will remove excess sod and dirt that accumulates along the shoulders of the roadway to allow water to drain properly into roadside drainage.

Closures to occur at approximate times below, weather permitting:

3/20/17 US-20/31 SB Ramp to Mayflower Road 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
3/20/17 Mayflower Road Ramp to US-20/31 SB 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
3/21/17 Mayflower Road Ramp to US-20/31 NB 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
3/23/17 US-20/31 NB Ramp to IN-2 EB  7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
3/23/17 IN-2 WB Ramp to US-20/31 WB 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
3/24/17 US-20/31 SB Ramp to IN-2 WB 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
3/27/17 IN-2 Westbound Ramp to US-20/31 SB 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
3/27/17 US-20/31 SB Ramp to IN-2 EB 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
3/28/17 IN-2 EB Ramp to US-20/31 NB 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
3/29/17 US-20/31 NB Ramp to IN-2 WB 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Crews will also be working on the Mayflower ramps to northbound US-20/31 on 3/22/17. The work on these ramps will not require them to be closed.

Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/INDOT/subscriber/new 

3/17/2017 2:53 PM (Updated 3/18/2017 8:55 AM)

Indiana Department of Transportation   I-65 Bridge Project to Close Lanes South of Roselawn in Jasper County

Crews to close one northbound and one southbound lane of the bridge over Moffitt Ditch

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is alerting drivers to lane closures on I-65, between IN-10 and IN-14, from mile marker 225 to 227, south of Roselawn, Monday, March 20 through the end of September. Crews will close one north and one southbound lane at a time, over the Moffitt Ditch bridge to make repairs and to restore the bridge surface.

During the project, I-65 will be open to all through traffic, but restricted to one north and one southbound lane in the work zone. Motorists should expect periodic delays and 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.

Taking care of what we have

INDOT has been expanding its investments in maintenance and preservation projects to keep pavement and bridges in good condition for as long as possible, targeting bridges and roadway sections with the right treatments at the right times.

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

3/13/2017 5:36 PM (Updated 3/20/2017 9:55 AM)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   Work on US-45 in Kenosha County to Begin

Full closure of roadway required, detour through Illinois

On Wednesday, March 15, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is scheduled to begin a road improvement project on US-45, from the Illinois/Wisconsin State Line (CR-A2/WG) to WI-50, in Kenosha County. The improvements on this approximately 5.5 mile corridor include:

  • Resurfacing from IL/WI State Line to 86th Street
  • Reconstruction from 86th Street to WI-50
  • Intersection improvements through project limits
    • Realignment of US-45 and South 196th Avenue Intersection
  • Traffic signal replacement at CR-A2/WG and CR-C intersections
    • Addition of Emergency Vehicle Preemption (EVP) detection
  • Sight distance improvement on vertical curves north of 86th Street
  • Bike/pedestrian accommodations added north of 86th Street
    • Expansion of shoulder for bike accommodations
    • Addition of curb and gutter and sidewalk

The initial work will address the southern project limits involving a full closure of US-45 from the IL/WI State Line to just north of CR-C. The northbound detour is as follows (Beginning in Illinois):

  •  From US-45 take IL-173 eastbound to US-41. Go northbound on US-41 merging with I-94, to WI-50. Go west on WI-50 to reconnect with US-45. (Southbound traffic would reverse the above sequence and directions.)

This closure is scheduled to reopen mid-summer at which time the northern project limits will close, from just north of CR-C to WI-50. Also this summer, the intersections at CR-A2/WG and CR-C will each be closed for 14 days with additional detours in effect.

Built in 1946, with its last rehabilitation in 1995, this US-45 corridor is in need of improvement. The contractor, Zignego Company, is planning on completing the $8.9 million project in late fall of 2017. The schedule of work is weather dependent and subject to change.

More information can be found on the project website at: http://projects.511wi.gov/us45ken/.

3/10/2017 11:42 AM (Updated 3/20/2017 9:58 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Lane Restrictions, IL-157 (Bluff Road) North of IL-162

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces lane restrictions may be encountered along IL-157 (Bluff Road), north of IL-162 in Glen Carbon, Illinois. These lane restrictions will be in place from March 6, 2017 to June 1, 2017. These restrictions are required for intersection and drainage improvements at IL-157 and Main Street to construct a fourth leg to the intersection. Work is being completed by Keller Construction, Inc.
 
Traffic delays may be encountered so motorists are encouraged to utilize alternate routes. Traffic control devices will be utilized to assist motorists during these restrictions. The Department asks that motorists be patient, reduce speed, obey all warning signs, and use additional caution when traveling near this work zone. Additional information is also available at http://stl-traffic.org.

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

3/2/2017 10:02 AM (Updated 3/2/2017 11:39 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Intermittent Lane Closures on I-70 from Prairie Road to Baumann Road

The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced there will be intermittent lane closures in each direction on I-70 from Prairie Road (mile post 26) to Baumann Road (mile post 33) near Highland beginning Wednesday, March 1, 2017, weather permitting. These lane restrictions will be necessary to make repairs to the pavement. Traffic will be maintained utilizing message boards, flaggers, signs and other traffic control devices. This work is expected to be completed by the end of March 2017.

All lanes will be open to peak hour traffic during the following times:

Eastbound I-70: Monday through Thursday - 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Westbound I-70: Monday through Friday - 6:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M.

Eastbound and Westbound I-70: Fridays - 12:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M.

The contractor on this project is Kilian Corporation/Keeley & Sons, Inc., Joint Venture, of Mascoutah, IL. John Adcock is the Supervising Field Engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation in the area. If you have any questions concerning this project, you may contact him at 618-346-3352.

Additional information is available at http://stl-traffic.org.

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

2/23/2017 9:05 AM (Updated 2/25/2017 8:46 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Traffic Shifts Scheduled as Work Resumes on Farnsworth Avenue Bridge Over the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) in Aurora

Traffic on Farnsworth Avenue over I-88 will be shifted in March 

Bridge construction will resume next week on the Farnsworth Avenue Interchange Project on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) in Aurora. The project is scheduled to be complete in 2017.

Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to the traffic shifts. The new traffic pattern is necessary to provide a work zone and safely accommodate traffic.

Weather permitting, beginning Wednesday, March 1, Farnsworth Avenue traffic in both directions will be shifted onto the newly constructed portion of the bridge to allow for the removal and construction of the other half of the bridge.

Two lanes of traffic will remain open in both directions on Farnsworth Avenue during this stage of construction, although periodic off-peak lane closures will be scheduled as needed. Traffic is expected to remain in this configuration through summer.

All ramps will remain open during this stage of bridge construction, with traffic on some ramps shifted to provide a work zone. Later in the construction season, ramp access to and from the west will be slightly modified with a detour to accommodate bridge construction.

On I-88, shoulder closures, as well as off-peak lane closures and intermittent full closures, will be needed to accommodate bridge and ramp construction.

The Farnsworth Avenue Bridge remains closed to pedestrian traffic. Signage is in place to direct pedestrians to use Church Road to cross over I-88.

The project is being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the City of Aurora, Aurora Township, DuPage and Kane Counties, local fire and police departments.

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

2/22/2017 12:53 PM (Updated 3/6/2017 6:35 AM)

Michigan Department of Transportation   Southbound I-75 Detroit To Downriver

COUNTY:
Wayne
COMMUNITIES AFFECTED:
Detroit, Melvindale, River Rouge, Lincoln Park, Allen Park, Taylor, Southgate, and Brownstown Township

START DATE:
Weekend of Feb. 4, 2017

ESTIMATED END DATE:
Late 2018

PROJECT DETAILS:
Southbound I-75 will be closed from Detroit to Downriver in less than three weeks. This closure is part of the Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) approximately $200 million investment in major repairs over a two-year period.

The detour begins at I-96 in Detroit to Northline Road in 2017; during 2018, the detour will be from I-96 to Sibley Road. Only southbound I-75 will be closed during the two-year period while northbound I-75 will remain open at all times.

The project includes:

  • Removing and replacing all concrete on the I-75 Rouge River bridge, the largest concrete surface in Michigan (approximately 20 football fields).
  • Replacing concrete on the I-75 bridge at Fort Street, south of Springwells Road.
  • Removing the Goddard Street bridge over I-75 and replacing it with two smaller bridges.
  • Repairing 13 other bridges along I-75 through the Downriver communities.
  • Adding intelligent transportation system (ITS) equipment. ITS includes a combination of electronic, telecommunication and information technology MDOT uses to improve safety and travel times on the transportation system.

The decision to close one direction of I-75 is based on multiple factors, including:

  • Speed: Rebuilding one side of the bridge at a time without traffic present will result in the project being completed in the shortest amount of time.
  • Cost: The shorter project duration resulting from rebuilding one side of bridge at a time will result in the lowest overall project cost.
  • Safety: If the bridge was constructed in sections with both directions of traffic sharing one side, there wouldn't be adequate room for emergency crews to respond to incidents on the bridge.
  • Mobility: Maintaining limited two-way traffic on one side of freeway would cause back-ups in both directions, as opposed to one direction. 
  • Quality: Rebuilding one side of the bridge at a time will allow construction to proceed without interruption since there will be no need to maintain traffic. The decreased vibrations from nearby traffic will result in the best quality workmanship.
  • Duration: By closing southbound I-75, construction activity will move faster since not as much time and effort will be needed to shift traffic.

Motorists will see signs announcing the closure along I-75 to allow residents, businesses, and drivers plenty of time to prepare alternate routes. Detours and details can be found at the project website, www.75rougeriver.com.

The detour route is southbound I-75 to westbound I-96, then southbound I-275 to southbound I-75 in Monroe. Other alternate routes include I-94, M-85 (Fort Street), Jefferson Avenue, and Dix Highway.

1/31/2017 2:37 PM (Updated 3/8/2017 10:04 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Replacement of Torrence Avenue Bridge

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

The bridge replacement already was included in IDOT’s FY2016-21 Proposed Highway Improvement Program.

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

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

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

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

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

10/29/2015 1:46 PM (Updated 3/25/2017 9:18 AM)

Keep Us Alive Drive 45 logo   Keep Us Alive Drive 45

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

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

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