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Michigan Department of Transportation  logo   I-75 Closed between M-102 (8 Mile) to 7 Mile, Wayne County, MI

In Wayne County, I-75 south will be closed from M-102 (8 Mile) to 7 Mile from 4 am Saturday to 11 pm Sunday for bridge work. Detour is west M-102 (8 Mile) to south Greenfield to south M-10 to east M-8 (Davison) to south I-75. View location.

10/30/2014 11:54 AM (Updated 10/31/2014 8:03 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IDOT, Illinois State and Local Law Enforcement Step Up Patrols for Halloween Weekend to Help Prevent Fatal Traffic Crashes

 The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and local police agencies throughout Illinois today warned motorists one of the most frightening things about Halloween is the possibility of being involved in a serious injury or fatal crash for failing to drive safely. The message this Halloween is simple, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "Click It or Ticket."

"Halloween is a fun holiday to celebrate, but poor decisions too often lead to real tragedy on Illinois roads," said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Erica Borggren. "This Halloween, law enforcement will be on the lookout for drunk and unbuckled drivers to help keep the fun from turning into a deadly night."

The Halloween traffic enforcement crackdown takes place as Illinois begins an end-of-the-year, two-month drive to keep motor vehicle fatality numbers moving in the right direction. This final push seeks to keep motor
vehicle fatalities as low as possible during a time of year that can be very deadly on Illinois roads. As of October 29, 2014, Illinois motor vehicle fatalities are at 763 which is 86 lower compared to the same timeframe last year.

Data from IDOT shows on October 31 through Halloween night (October 31, 12:00 a.m. through November 1, 5:59 a.m.) during the last five years, four out of 19 total fatalities (22%) involved a driver or motorcycle operator who had been drinking. Last year in Illinois, two individuals died in motor vehicle crashes during the same timeframe and none of those fatalities involved a drinking driver.

This Halloween, buckle up every trip, every time. If you plan to drink, plan now how you'll get home.

* Before the Halloween festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night. If you wait
until you've been drinking, you're more likely to make the wrong decision to drive drunk.
* Always designate a sober driver.
* If you are impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
* Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
* Use your community's sober ride program, if available.
* If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.
* If you know someone who is about to drive or ride impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going.

Bringing further attention to dangerous driving behavior, the Halloween enforcement effort is accompanied by the innovative "The Driving Dead" website series. The series includes short videos featuring Michael Rooker,
of the popular TV series "The Walking Dead", and a cast of characters who find themselves in situations depicting the dangers of driving impaired and not buckling up. Fans can connect with "The Driving Dead" on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for up-to-date news and behind-the-scenes looks at the series as well as to watch future episodes.

10/29/2014 2:49 PM (Updated 10/29/2014 3:44 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Lane Restrictions for the Week of November 3, 2014

MADISON COUNTY

  • IL 3, from Pierce Lane near Godfrey to the Jersey County line, lane closures during daylight hours for pavement patching, milling, resurfacing, and pavement marking through November 30, 2014.  (JMS)
  • IL 140, from IL 159 to IL 157 in Hamel, reduced to one lane for pavement patching, surface removal, and new HMA surface through November 2014.  (JMS)
  • IL 159, Collinsville, from north of East Clay St. to north of Cumberland St., lane closures may be encountered through fall 2016. (BJG)
  • Fairmont Avenue over I-55/70, Collinsville, closure of the bridge for inspection.  Traffic will be restricted between Eastport Plaza Drive and Fairway Blvd. (Ops)
  • IL 143, Pierron, bridge over Sugar Creek, reduced to one lane to perform bridge replacement through fall 2014.  (SEP)
  • I-255, between Horseshoe Lake Road and I-270, one of three lanes closed northbound and one of three lanes closed southbound at all times to complete repairs and bridge work through fall 2014.  (JMS)
  • I-55, from IL 140 near Hamel to Black Lane near Collinsville, a single daytime lane closure northbound and southbound to perform crack sealing through November 30, 2014.  (JMS)
  • I-55, along both northbound and southbound at mile marker 21, lane restrictions during off-peak hours to paint overhead structure through November 14, 2014.  (BJG)
  • I-55 from 1.3 miles north of IL 140 to 0.5 miles north of IL 4, between mile markers 31 and 34, lane restrictions will be encountered along both the northbound and southbound lanes to repair shoulders, regrade slopes and reseed bare earth area through November 15, 2014.  (SEP)
  • US 40, from just east of I-55/70 in Troy to Highland/Lake Road near Highland, daytime lane closures to perform partial depth pavement repairs through November 30, 2014.  (JMS)


MONROE COUNTY 

  • I-255, between I-70 and Jefferson Barracks Bridge, lane restrictions to make pavement repairs through November 14, 2014.  (JGG)


ST. CLAIR COUNTY

  • IL 161, lane restrictions to construct drainage improvements, additional turn lanes, and intersection improvements at the intersection with Richter School Road in New Baden.  (Ops)
  • I-255, between I-70 and Jefferson Barracks Bridge, lane restrictions to make pavement repairs through November 14, 2014.  (JGG)
  • US 50, east of Lebanon, over Little Silver Creek, will be reduced to one lane 0.5 mile east of Lebanon to perform bridge repairs through spring 2015. (TWB)
  • IL 3 at 8th Street, south of Interstates 55/64 and north of Monsanto Avenue, E. St. Louis, lane closures during non-peak hours for improvements through December 31, 2014.  (Ops)
  • I-64 from 18th Street to east of IL 111, westbound and eastbound lane closures to perform staged bridge repair and paving work through winter 2014.  (TWB)
  • IL 13 under IL 15, Belleville, closed to all traffic through fall 2015. (TWB)
  • IL 15, east of I-255 to IL 163, reduced to a single lane to make repairs to the existing pavement.  All lanes will remainopen 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.  Work is expected to be completed by November 7, 2014.  (JGG)
  • IL 15, between IL 159 and IL 158, only one lane will be open in each direction to complete repairs due to mine subsidence through November 7, 2014.  A crossover will be utilized for the westbound lane to maintain traffic.  (JGG)
  • IL 15 bridges over IL 13, Belleville, one lane closed in each direction of bridges through fall 2015. (TWB)
  • 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 May 15, 2017.  (SEP)
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ST. CLAIR, CLINTON & WASHINGTON COUNTIES

  • I-64, eastbound and westbound, from IL 158 interchange east to the IL 127 interchange, north of Nashville, lane restrictions to patch, install drains, and correct deficiencies in existing pavement through November 30, 2014.  (SEP)
  • I-64, eastbound and westbound, from Clinton County Line to IL 177, lane restrictions for bridge deck patching, wingwall repair, and joint repair though November 25, 2014.  (SEP)

List of daily lane closures, weather permitting:

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2014

  • IL 15, east of I-255 to IL 163, reduced to a single lane to make repairs to the existing pavement.  All lanes will remainopen 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.  Work is expected to be completed by November 7, 2014.  (JGG)


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2014

  • IL 15, east of I-255 to IL 163, reduced to a single lane to make repairs to the existing pavement.  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.  Work is expected to be completed by November 7, 2014.  (JGG)


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMER 5, 2014

  • IL 15, east of I-255 to IL 163, reduced to a single lane to make repairs to the existing pavement.  All lanes will remainopen 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.  Work is expected to be completed by November 7, 2014.  (JGG)


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2014

  • IL 15, east of I-255 to IL 163, reduced to a single lane to make repairs to the existing pavement.  All lanes will remainopen 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.  Work is expected to be completed by November 7, 2014.  (JGG)


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2014

  • IL 15, east of I-255 to IL 163, reduced to a single lane to make repairs to the existing pavement.  All lanes will remainopen 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.  Work is expected to be completed by November 7, 2014.  (JGG)


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2014

  • No current lane restrictions


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2014

  • No current lane restrictions


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

10/31/2014 7:56 PM (Updated 10/31/2014 7:56 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Evening, Overnight Work on I-55 at Weber Road Ramps

CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that embankment construction along the Interstate 55 ramps at Weber Road in Romeoville will begin, weather permitting, Monday, Nov. 3.

In order to complete this work, construction will take place nightly from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. The left shoulder of the inbound and outbound entrance ramps from Weber Rd to I-55 will be permanently closed to motorists. Motorist should expect a northbound lane closure on Weber Road during the nighttime hours listed as well.

The project consists of embankment construction in advance of building future ramps. Trucks and construction equipment will be entering and exiting the work zone from the northbound entrance ramp, the southbound entrance ramp and Weber 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.

Find details on other construction projects in IDOT’s District 1 at http://goo.gl/upgvZu.

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10/31/2014 6:03 PM (Updated 10/31/2014 8:23 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL-394 Sewer Repairs this Weekend

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that sewer repairs will be performed on Illinois 394 between Interstate 80 and Glenwood Dyer Road, weather permitting, on Saturday, Nov. 1. 

In order to complete this work, the southbound left lane of Illinois 394 will be closed between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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

Find details on other construction projects in IDOT's District 1 at http://goo.gl/upgvZu.

10/31/2014 6:01 PM (Updated 10/31/2014 8:26 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Road Work on US-52 in Will County

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that work to repair and resurface U.S. 52 between Illinois 53 and Laraway Road in Will County is scheduled to begin, weather permitting, Friday, Oct. 31. The work is expected to be complete by late November.

In order to complete this work, temporary daytime lane closures will be needed. Northbound and southbound traffic will share the remaining open lane with flaggers controlling traffic flow while work is being completed.

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

10/31/2014 5:41 PM (Updated 10/31/2014 8:27 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL-13 near Carterville

The Illinois Department of Transportation would like to alert motorists traveling IL 13 near Carterville of an upcoming side road closure.

Beginning Monday, November 3 at 7:00 a.m. the Plaza Drive connector north of Illinois 13 will be closed to all traffic in order to facilitate pavement removal and replacement. The closure involves only the small segment of roadway adjacent to Illinois 13 Westbound. Access to Plaza Drive and all businesses will remain open via North Division Street.

Message boards, signs and other traffic control devices will be in place to direct motorists.

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

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

10/31/2014 3:28 PM (Updated 10/31/2014 3:28 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Improving I-74/I-155 Project Update

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that the right two lanes of eastbound I-74 between I-474 and I-155 near Morton will be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, November 1st.  One lane of eastbound I-74 and the ramp to southbound I-155 will remain open during this time.

The lane closures are necessary to shift southbound I-155 ramp traffic onto newly constructed pavement.

The overall project is the complete reconstruction of I-74 from Pleasant Hill Road to Morton Avenue in Tazewell County.

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

For more information on this project, visit

http://www.idot.illinois.gov/projects/i-74-and-i-155-improvement-project.
 
For IDOT District 4 updates on Twitter, follow us at https://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict4.

10/31/2014 1:44 PM (Updated 10/31/2014 1:44 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Temporary Closures on Duncan Avenue in Elgin Scheduled Next Week for Fox River Bridge Project on Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90)

Short-term roadway closures necessary for bridge beam installation
 

Short-term, temporary closures of a portion of Duncan Avenue in Elgin under the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Fox River Bridge are scheduled next week for bridge beam installation as part of the Illinois Tollway’s $95 million Fox River Bridge Project. Additionally, a portion of the Fox River Trail crossing under I-90 will be closed, as well. Electronic message signs and flaggers will be in place to alert drivers.

Weather permitting, on Friday, November 7, and Saturday, November 8, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., temporary full closures each lasting up to 15 minutes will be needed on Duncan Avenue under the Fox River Bridge while crews install bridge beams overhead. Flaggers will be located at Higgins Road to the north and Trout Park Boulevard to the south to direct drivers to use Illinois Route 25 as an alternate route during the temporary closures.

In addition, the Fox River Trail will be closed at the Fox River Bridge on November 7 and 8 for the bridge beam installation. Signage will be posted.

The 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. Currently, up to 101,300 vehicles travel on the I-90 Fox River Bridge daily. A new, wider bicycle and pedestrian bridge underneath the Fox River Bridge will also be constructed as part of the project.

The new bridge structures will be 1,315-feet long and will stand 40 feet above the surface of the Fox River and adjacent roadways. The structures will be built with eight spans supported by seven piers to reduce the environmental impact on the waterway and forested fen below. The existing structures have 14 piers.

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. The Fox River Bridge Project is funded by the Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.

10/31/2014 1:06 PM (Updated 10/31/2014 3:55 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Lane Closures Scheduled at Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) and Tri-State Tollway (I-294)/I-290 Interchange

Lanes reduced overnight on eastbound I-88 and on ramp carrying traffic to northbound I-294 and westbound I-290 for underpass lighting work

Beginning next week, overnight lane closures are scheduled on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), as well as on the ramp carrying eastbound I-88 traffic to both the northbound Tri-State Tollway (I-294) and westbound I-290 for roadway lighting work. Delays are expected.

Work includes removing existing underpass lighting and installing new LED lights. Temporary lane reductions are necessary to complete repairs because the ramp shoulders are not wide enough to safely accommodate a work zone while maintaining the existing number of travel lanes. Work is scheduled overnight to reduce the impact to commuters.

Weather permitting, beginning at 10 p.m. on Monday, November 3, the right lane on the ramp carrying traffic from eastbound I-88 to both northbound I-294 and westbound I-290 is scheduled to close. In addition, one westbound lane on I-88 will be closed for about a mile west of the interchange. All lanes will be reopened by 5 a.m. on Tuesday, November 4, in advance of the morning commute.

Three additional nights of closures are planned to complete the lighting work on the ramp. Up to 29,520 vehicles a day use the ramp.

The project will provide customers enhanced lighting conditions throughout the underpass, improving safety and the overall driving experience. The lighting upgrades are part of the 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.

10/31/2014 1:01 PM (Updated 10/31/2014 3:54 PM)

Michigan Department of Transportation  logo   I-94 Closure at I-69 for Bridge Demolition, St. Clair County, MI - 11/1/2014

I-94 east and west will be closed at I-69 for bridge demolition [10 PM, Saturday, Nov. 1 to 3 AM, Sunday, Nov. 2] . Detours - I-94 east will close at Gratiot/94BL and I-94 west will detour to I-69 to Wadhams Road.  More information.

10/31/2014 9:59 AM (Updated 10/31/2014 9:59 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Light Tower Replacement Work in Peoria & East Peoria

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that light tower replacement work is scheduled to begin next week in Peoria and East Peoria. This work will require lane and ramp closures and is weather dependent.

Monday, November 3rd

  • US 150 (War Memorial Drive) near Brandywine Drive in Peoria
    • Lane closure on westbound War Memorial Drive

Tuesday, November 4th and Wednesday, November 5th

  • I-74 east of Sterling Avenue in Peoria
    • Ramp carrying War Memorial Drive traffic to westbound I-74 will be closed

Thursday, November 6th

  • I-74 near Camp Street in East Peoria
    • Ramp carrying Camp Street traffic to westbound I-74 will be closed
10/30/2014 7:00 PM (Updated 10/30/2014 7:00 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   I-70 near Smithboro

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that eastbound and westbound I-70 from Smithboro to the Fayette County Line east of Mulberry Grove will have a lane closed in each direction beginning November 7, 2014.  These lane closures are necessary to place hot mix asphalt shoulders and pipe underdrains and is expected to be completed by December 14, 2014, weather permitting.

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 in this location and watch for stopped traffic ahead.  Additional signing and traffic control devices will be utilized to assist motorists through the work zones.

The Contractor on this project is Kilian Corporation of Mascoutah, Illinois.  Steve Putz 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) 346-3350.

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

10/30/2014 3:12 PM (Updated 10/30/2014 3:12 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   US 67 in Milan

The Illinois Department of Transportation, located in Dixon, announces today that weather permitting lane closures will be installed on US 67 (1st Street) at 20th Avenue, in Milan. Lane closures will begin Monday, November 3, 2014 and are expected to last until approximately
November 14, 2014. Lane closures will be installed on US 67 and the frontage roads. Access to the frontage roads shall be limited during construction.

IDOT Day Labor forces will be installing a culvert liner under US 67.

For IDOT District 2 updates on Twitter, follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict2.
 

10/30/2014 3:03 PM (Updated 10/30/2014 3:03 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   I-70 Smithboro to Fayette County Line, Bond County

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that eastbound and westbound I-70 from Smithboro to the Fayette County Line east of Mulberry Grove will have a lane closed in each direction beginning November 7, 2014.  These lane closures are necessary to place hot mix asphalt shoulders and pipe underdrains and is expected to be completed by December 14, 2014, weather permitting.

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 in this location and watch for stopped traffic ahead.  Additional signing and traffic control devices will be utilized to assist motorists through the work zones.

The Contractor on this project is Kilian Corporation of Mascoutah, Illinois.  Steve Putz 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) 346-3350.

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

10/30/2014 1:57 PM (Updated 10/30/2014 1:57 PM)

Indiana Department of Transportation  logo   Oversize Load Impacts N. Ind. Hwys. Starting Saturday

The state of Indiana has permitted a slow-moving oversize, overweight load to traverse state highways with police escort during about four nights beginning on or after Saturday, Nov. 7.

The approximately 185-mile route will begin at S.R. 249/George Nelson Drive near the Port of Indiana - Burns Harbor and follow U.S. 12, S.R. 49, U.S. 6, U.S. 421, U.S. 30, S.R. 9 and S.R. 124 to the Ohio State Line. INDOT urges motorists avoid these routes on the nights detailed below.

Short term closures of cross streets will be needed as the truck moves through the area. Law enforcement also may block all directions of traffic where the oversize load may need to use the opposing side of the road to navigate certain intersections or interchanges.

Night 1: S.R. 249 south to U.S. 12 east to S.R. 49 south to U.S. 6 east to U.S. 421 south to U.S. 30 east. Load will stop on U.S. 30 just east of U.S. 35.

Night 2: U.S. 30 east and over ramps at U.S. 31 to continue on U.S 30 east.

Night 3: U.S. 30 east to S.R. 9 south.

Night 4: S.R. 9 south to S.R. 124 east.

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://indot.carsprogram.org for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.

10/30/2014 11:26 AM (Updated 10/30/2014 3:29 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Illinois Tollway Opens New Lanes from Rockford to Elgin as Part of Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project

First phase of $2.5 billion state-of-the-art roadway reconstruction project delivered on time and on budget

The Illinois Tollway announced that it is beginning to open three new lanes in each direction between Rockford and Elgin as part of the $2.5 billion Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project which is building a new state-of-the-art interstate from the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to I-39.

The Tollway is nearing completion of the first phase of project, rebuilding and widening 37 miles of roadway to three lanes in each direction within budget and on schedule in just two years. Construction on the segment of I-90 from Randall Road in Elgin to the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) is underway and scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016. To date, an estimated 8,480 jobs have been created or sustained as part of the project spanning 62 miles of roadway in Northern Illinois.

"This is the first piece of what will be a new, state-of-the-art corridor connecting Rockford to Chicago, offering improved travel for commuters and increased efficiency for business and commerce,” said Governor Pat Quinn. “At a time when other states are still talking about how to get new roadway projects off the ground, Illinois is delivering new construction projects with regional benefits and creating good-paying jobs.”

To begin removing construction barrels and turning the new lanes over to drivers, the Tollway hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony today, October 28, with elected officials from Winnebago County, Boone County, McHenry County and Kane County, as well as local business leaders and construction professionals who worked on the project.

“The I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project demonstrates the values of Illinois – our commitment to smart transportation, our capacity to innovate and our dedication to investing the public’s money wisely,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur. “New lanes on I-90 are part of a regional roadway network that will carry drivers from Rockford to Chicago safely and efficiently for decades to come.”

By end of day today, construction crews will have opened new lanes for drivers between the Kishwaukee River Bridge and the Marengo Toll Plaza. Drivers will have access to three lanes in each direction throughout most of the western segment by Wednesday evening, October 29. Ongoing construction at the Kishwaukee Bridge and at the eastbound Marengo Toll Plaza will limit drivers to two lanes in each direction to complete pavement work. In addition, work will continue throughout the corridor to complete lighting, landscaping and other work.

Rebuilding and widening the 56-year-old Jane Addams Memorial Tollway from the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to I-39 in Rockford is part of the 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. When complete, I-90 will be a 21st century, state-of-the-art corridor linking Rockford to O’Hare Airport with eight lanes from the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to Randall Road and six lanes from Randall Road to I-39. In addition, the project will accommodate transit and direct access for the public to Pace bus service for the first time in the agency’s history.

“This infrastructure investment has produced benefits that go far beyond increased mobility and added capacity,” said Illinois Tollway Board Director Earl Dotson Jr. “Nearly 300 businesses have worked on this project over the past two years and more than 5,800 jobs have been created supporting workers and their families throughout the region.” 

The rebuilding and widening of I-90 between Rockford and Elgin also includes improvements to two interchanges and 37 bridges. On the 37-mile-long segment, nearly 580,000 cubic yards of concrete, 860,000 cubic yards of asphalt and about 3,300 tons of steel were used to construct the new pavement and bridges. More than 2.7 million cubic yards of earth were moved as part of this project. 

Construction from 2012 through 2014 in the western segment employed nearly 290 firms including more than 225 construction companies and more than 60 professional services firms, of which nearly 105 were disadvantaged business enterprise firms. Work on the western segment from Rockford to Elgin has created or sustained nearly 5,880 total jobs.

Completion of the first phase of work on the I-90 corridor will provide congestion relief to commercial drivers, commuters and distance travelers by replacing 56-year-old pavement and expanding the roadway by adding an additional lane in each direction, improving safety and mobility.  Average daily traffic volumes on I-90 have increased more than 200 percent in the past 30 years, more than 7 percent growth per year. The Tollway currently serves more than 317,000 average daily vehicles. When complete, the new I-90 corridor will accommodate as many as 83,000 more vehicles per day beginning in 2016 and accommodate more than 15,000 trucks carrying 375,000 tons of freight per day.

The $2.5 billion 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 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.

Once complete, these improvements will save drivers up to 30 minutes on the average trip from Rockford to O’Hare Airport, save drivers 27 minutes on the average trip from Elgin to the Kennedy Expressway and save drivers $440 million annually in fuel and productivity costs.

10/28/2014 12:48 PM (Updated 10/28/2014 12:56 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Governor Quinn Announces Completion of First Phase on Route 59 Improvement Project

Governor Pat Quinn today announced the completion of the first phase of the Illinois Route 59 reconstruction project in Naperville. Today marked the completion of retaining wall work along the project's 3.4 mile roadway expansion that has created more than 1,000 jobs. The Governor's Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program funding is creating a wider Route 59 and an improved Interstate 88 interchange to accommodate increased traffic and economic growth between Naperville and Aurora. Today's event is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to improve Illinois' transportation system, create jobs, and drive the state's economy forward.

"The Naperville area has long needed a significant expansion of Route 59 and the improved Interstate 88 interchange for better access to and from the expressway," Governor Quinn said. "This is a fast growing region and we need to make sure the infrastructure is in place to keep up that momentum and drive the economy forward."

"The expansion of Route 59 is essential to our community," Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel said. "This highway is a critical lifeline through Naperville and Aurora. Route 59 brings moms and dads to and from jobs that support their families, and it gives businesses a convenient location to open their doors to support the local economy. By improving Route 59 and the Interstate 88 interchange, we will improve the quality of life for area residents, visitors and businesses."

Today marks the completion of construction that began in the summer of 2013 including 22 new concrete retaining walls, 13 new noise abatement walls totaling more than 6,000 feet in length, utility relocations and reconstruction of the Wabaunsee Creek box culvert. These features were a critical part of the work that had to be in place before the rest of the project could proceed. As the walls were constructed, crews began work on the roadway portions of the project, which should be complete in the fall of 2015. 

Illinois Route 59 is being reconstructed for 3.4 miles from Aurora Avenue/New York Street to south of Ferry Road. The work is providing three lanes in each direction on Route 59 separated by a raised median, plus new traffic signals at all major intersections including New York Street/Aurora Avenue, Liberty Street/Jefferson Avenue, Meridian Parkway/Glacier Park Avenue, North Aurora Road and Diehl Road. Sidewalks and bicycle paths are being constructed along the entire project length and a storm sewer pump station is being upgraded to handle the additional stormwater drainage the wider road will create. The average daily traffic along Route 59 is 49,700 vehicles per day.

The project also includes the reconstruction of the existing interchange at Route 59 at I-88 with a new Diverging Diamond Interchange configuration. This will offer increased capacity and reduced accident potential at the interchange. The work includes construction of two new dual bridge structures over I-88 in addition to the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the interchange ramps. Interchange lighting is being provided between Ferry Road and Diehl Road. Roadway lighting will be also provided from Diehl Road to Aurora Avenue/New York Street and at the major intersections.

An estimated 1,250 construction jobs have been created by the project, which contains a number of green components to reduce environmental impacts. The entire project will provide a better roadway with improved safety features, additional traffic capacity, reduced crash potential, better access to the Metra station and improved traffic flow to relieve congestion. The work will help meet the existing and future needs of the adjacent communities.

The $96 million project includes investments from Governor Quinn's Illinois Jobs Now! program as well as federal funding. The $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years. Illinois Jobs Now! is the largest construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest construction programs in the nation.

10/27/2014 12:52 PM (Updated 10/28/2014 10:02 AM)

City of Madison, Wisconsin logo   Construction Update: HWY 12 BeltlineTerrace Ave to Mineral Point Road, Madison WI

HWY 12 work is scheduled to be completed by November 14, 2014.  USH 12 construction is beginning to transition into stage 3 traffic configuration from Terrace Avenue to Mineral Point Road.  USH 12 WB Traffic has been shifted onto the new median shoulder and left lane.  USH 12 EB traffic will remain in the stage 2 traffic alignment to allow completion of the concrete rubblization, asphalt paving, and median grading operations.  During nighttime paving operations, the traffic lanes will be restriped to accommodate the first lift of asphalt pavement on USH 12 EB.  Two lanes of traffic will be maintained during daytime hours.  Weather permitting, single lane closures will occur nightly from 7:00PM – 6:00AM.  On ramp and off ramp closures at Old Sauk Road and Greenway Blvd. will be needed periodically during construction and will only be closed during the nighttime hours of 7:00PM – 6:00AM.  Wider shoulders, new concrete barrier wall, noise wall, and storm sewer will be installed during this traffic stage as well as bridge repairs to the EB structure over Old Sauk Road.  Temporary traffic signals will be installed at the Greenway Blvd. ramp terminals.  An additional turning lane will be added at the USH 12 WB off ramp to Greenway Blvd. as well as improvements made to the USH 12 EB on ramp from Greenway Blvd.  This traffic stage will remain in effect until approximately mid-October, 2014. Please see WISDOT website for additonal informtion on Beltline construction: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/projects/sw.htm.

10/24/2014 6:59 PM (Updated 10/29/2014 6:58 PM)

Michigan Department of Transportation logo   Lane closures on Cedar St at I-96, Lansing MI

I-96 bridge work over Cedar Street starting Monday, Oct. 27, in Lansing

COUNTY: Ingham

ROADWAY: I-96 over Cedar Street

CLOSEST CITY: Lansing

START DATE: Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

PROJECT:  The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) statewide bridge crew will be installing temporary supports on the I-96 bridge over Cedar Street in Lansing. The temporary supports will remain in place until a larger bridge repair project begins in 2016 along the I-96 corridor.

Project map

TRAFFIC IMPACTS:  To complete the work, there will be lane and sidewalk closures along Cedar Street under I-96. The following is the schedule:

-          Monday, Oct. 27: Crews will begin installing temporary supports at the bridge over the sidewalk, behind the bridge pier. Cedar Street motorists should not expect any lane closures until Wednesday, Oct. 29.

-          Wednesday, Oct. 29 - Friday, Oct. 31: Northbound Cedar Street will have one lane closed 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. each day.

-          Wednesday, Nov. 5 - Friday, Nov. 7: Cedar Street will have one lane closed in each direction 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily while crews install temporary concrete barrier wall along Cedar Street.

-          Tuesday, Nov. 11 - Friday, Nov. 14: Cedar Street will have one lane closed in each direction while crews install the final temporary bridge supports.

 All work is expected to be complete by Wednesday, Nov. 19, weather permitting.

10/24/2014 6:13 PM (Updated 10/25/2014 8:52 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Lane Closures on I-74 at the Murray Baker Bridge

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that motorists will encounter daytime individual lane closures on I-74 at the Murray Baker Bridge over the Illinois River in in Peoria & East Peoria on Monday, October 27th through Saturday, November 1st.

The lane closures are necessary for crews to complete a routine inspection of the bridge. Lane closures will begin in the eastbound direction, then will switch to the westbound direction mid-week and will take place between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily. Occasional lane closures are also possible on Washington Street in Peoria and Bass Pro Drive in East Peoria during this time.

10/24/2014 3:33 PM (Updated 10/26/2014 6:05 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Road Work Planned for US-6 in Will County

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that road work is scheduled to begin on both directions of U.S. 6, between McClintock Road and Interstate 55, in Will County, for a pavement resurfacing project. The project will begin, weather permitting, on Monday, Oct. 27, with a tentative completion date of late November.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane, with flaggers present during daytime work hours.

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

10/24/2014 12:55 PM (Updated 10/24/2014 12:55 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Pavement Repairs, Lane Closures in Kane County

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that two construction projects at the north and south junctions of U.S. 20, Illinois 72 and Illinois 47, located near Pingree Grove, in Kane County, are scheduled to begin, weather permitting, on Oct. 27.

The improvements consist of roadway widening and resurfacing, as well as traffic signal modernizations at each junction. These projects will require reducing the number of traffic lanes during daytime hours where construction is taking place.

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 alert for workers and equipment.

The tentative completion date for both projects is Nov. 15, 2015.

10/24/2014 12:37 PM (Updated 10/24/2014 12:37 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Ramp Closures on Lake Shore Drive in Decatur

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that work will continue on Lake Shore Drive (IL-105) from US-36 to US-51.  Weather permitting, asphalt paving of the interchange ramps with US-51 will take place over the next two weeks.

Beginning Monday, October 27, 2014 work will begin at 7:00 p.m. on the ramps.  Only one ramp will be closed at a time to allow for paving.  The ramps will be open by 6:00 a.m. the following morning.  During that time a marked detour will be in place.  Please use extra caution and follow all signs concerning the detour during this time period.

The Department of Transportation thanks you for your patience and asks that you use caution in the work zone and consider using alternate routes. More information.

10/23/2014 9:49 AM (Updated 10/26/2014 6:10 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.

10/23/2014 1:48 AM (Updated 10/23/2014 11:22 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Lane Restrictions on 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.

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10/20/2014 10:54 AM (Updated 10/26/2014 6:13 PM)

Indiana Department of Transportation  logo   Resurfacing on S.R. 8 between U.S. 421 and S.R. 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 10/26/2014 6:14 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Wille Road in Des Plaines Closed 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.