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Michigan Department of Transportation logo   Blue Water Bridge Resurfacing Spring 2015

Fast Facts:

  • The original span of the Blue Water Bridge will be closed for resurfacing beginning in April.
  • The eastbound span of the Blue Water Bridge will accommodate both directions of traffic throughout the project.
  • This work will preserve the safety and reliability of the Blue Water Bridge.

The Blue Water Bridge international crossing in Port Huron will be partially closed beginning in April for resurfacing and waterproof undercoating on its original span. Work on the bridge is expected to be finished by July 1. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Blue Water Bridge Canada (BWBC), co-owners of the Blue Water Bridge, are coordinating the work on this project.

The original bridge, built in 1937, currently serves westbound traffic entering the United States. The eastbound portion of the bridge, built in 1997, will be used to accommodate both directions of international traffic throughout the project. Only one lane of traffic will be open in each direction across the bridge, with two lanes available in each direction as vehicles approach the toll plazas at each end of the bridge.

"This important project continues the long-term commitment of MDOT and BWBC to maintain and preserve the safety and reliability of the Blue Water Bridge," said MDOT Blue Water Bridge Manager Mike Szuch. "We will do our best to minimize and manage any short-term traffic delays for cross-border travelers."

Limited lane availability during this project will prevent the use of a dedicated lane for NEXUS and F.A.S.T. motorists, as well as buses. Wide loads will be restricted to less than 11 feet, and bicyclists cannot be accommodated during the construction. Due to the longer wait times expected at the border, motorists are encouraged to travel at off-peak hours if possible, or travel south to use the international bridge or tunnel crossings in the Detroit/Windsor area.

MDOT and BWBC have been seeking input and assistance from local border security and public safety agencies to ensure that the most efficient traffic plans are incorporated into this project. Traffic flow and sign placement are being developed to help reduce delays and keep vehicles moving safely. Staffs from both agencies also are refining their daily traffic management procedures to promote the efficient flow of vehicles during work, while also maintaining emergency vehicle access.

For Blue Water Bridge traffic updates and other bridge information on Twitter, follow www.twitter.com/MDOT_BWB and www.twitter.com/bluewaterbridge.

1/20/2015 11:04 AM (Updated 2/10/2015 11:07 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   I-270 between new Chain of Rocks Bridge and IL-3, Granite City, Madison County

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that beginning Monday evening, March 30, 2015, both eastbound and westbound I-270 will be reduced from two lanes to one lane between  the new Chain of Rocks Canal Bridge and IL 3, weather permitting.  These lane restrictions will begin after 9:00 p.m. each evening and will be removed by 5:00 a.m. the following morning with all work being completed by 5:00 a.m. on Friday, April 3, 2015.  These lane restrictions are necessary to install the permanent pavement markings along I-270. 

In addition to the lane restrictions stated above, the ramp from eastbound I-270 onto southbound IL 3 will be closed on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, weather permitting.  The ramp closure will begin at 9:00 p.m. and will reopen by 5:00 a.m. the following morning.  A posted detour will be in place to guide eastbound motorists to IL 203, where they will exit and be directed back onto westbound I-270 and sent back to IL 3. 

3/27/2015 11:14 AM (Updated 3/27/2015 11:14 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   I-255 between IL-157 and IL-15

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that beginning Monday, March 30, 2015 both the southbound and northbound lanes of I-255 between IL 157 and IL 15 will be restricted from three lanes down to two lanes.  These lane restrictions will be limited to Monday through Thursday each week and all lanes will be open Friday through Sunday.  This work is necessary to complete repairs to the existing bridge over Church Street, and this initial work will be completed by April 13, 2015.

Additional lane closures will be required after April 13 to complete the project; however, two lanes will remain open in both directions throughout this construction.  All work is expected to be completed by September 1, 2015.

3/27/2015 10:21 AM (Updated 3/27/2015 10:21 AM)

Michigan Department of Transportation logo   Blue Water Bridge construction begins

Blue Water Bridge closing lanes for resurfacing

COUNTY:
St. Clair County

HIGHWAY:
Blue Water Bridge​

CLOSEST CITY:
Port Huron and Sarnia, Ontario

START DATE:
Noon
Sunday, March 29, 2015

Crews will begin moving traffic barriers at 7 a.m.

ESTIMATED END DATE:
Early July 2015

PROJECT DETAILS:
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Blue Water Bridge Canada (BWBC) are resurfacing the original span of the Blue Water Bridge, built in 1937. The eastbound spanwill accommodate both directions of traffic throughout the project. This work will preserve the safety and reliability of the bridge and is expected to be finished early July. 

TRAFFIC IMPACT:
Motorists will find only one lane of traffic open when entering each direction across the bridge, with two lanes available as vehicles approach the toll plazas at each end of the bridge. There will be limited lane availability during the project, which will prevent the use of a dedicated lane for NEXUS and F.A.S.T. motorists, as well as buses.

Wide loads will be restricted to less than 11 feet, and bicyclists cannot be accommodated during the construction.

This plan has been developed to help reduce delays and promote the efficient flow of vehicles during work, while also maintaining emergency vehicle access. Due to the longer wait times expected at the border, motorists are encouraged to travel at off-peak hours if possible, or travel south to use the international bridge or tunnel crossings in the Detroit/Windsor area.

For Blue Water Bridge traffic updates and other bridge information on Twitter, follow www.twitter.com/MDOT_BWB and www.twitter.com/bluewaterbridge

Download MDOT's Mi Drive traffic information app: www.michigan.gov/drive

3/26/2015 2:16 PM (Updated 3/26/2015 2:16 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   North Lincoln Parkway in Lincoln

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that North Lincoln Parkway, 0.6 miles west of Business 55 at the railroad tracks in Lincoln will be closed to all traffic from April 6th until April 13th.

The closure is necessary for railroad crews to make bridge modifications. Detour routes will be Kickapoo Street, Keokuk Street, and Woodlawn Road.

Additional lane closures in the vicinity of this work are scheduled to begin March 30th and continue through April.

3/26/2015 11:41 AM (Updated 3/26/2015 11:41 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Lisbon Road over I-80 in Morris

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that beginning April 6, 2015, (weather permitting) Lisbon Road over I-80 in Morris will be closed to through traffic at I-80 to allow for reconstruction of a bridge. There will be no posted detour associated with the closure. A $3,098,654.59 contract has been awarded to "D" Construction, Inc. of Coal City, IL for this work. The project work consists of the replacement of the Lisbon Road structure over I-80, including the construction of additional embankment for the widened structure.

It is anticipated that Lisbon Road will reopen to traffic in late November, 2015. The entire project is anticipated to be complete in the spring of 2016, as minor weather dependent items may remain in late fall of this year. Necessary lane closures on I-80 associated with this project will be done at night from 6PM to 10AM in an attempt to minimize delays to motorists; however, some daytime lane closures may, at times, also be present in isolated circumstances. Lane closures for preliminary work on I-80 are to begin March 23rd (weather permitting).

Motorists are urged to use extreme caution when traveling near or around the work zone.

For IDOT District 3 updates on Twitter, follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict3.

3/26/2015 11:26 AM (Updated 3/26/2015 11:26 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL-251 in Peru

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that (weather permitting) work is scheduled to begin March 23, 2015, on IL 251 in Peru.

A $4,320,995.80 contract has been awarded to Advanced Asphalt Company of Princeton, IL for the work which includes milling and resurfacing of IL 251, from north of May Road to U.S. 6.

Also included in the work is the replacement of the traffic signal detector loops at various intersections and reconstruction of existing sidewalk ramps at intersections along IL 251. Work is expected to be complete by the end of June.

Motorists are encouraged to use extreme caution when traveling through the work zone and should be alert for flaggers and all other workers.

For IDOT District 3 updates on Twitter, follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict3.

3/26/2015 11:23 AM (Updated 3/26/2015 11:24 AM)

Michigan Department of Transportation logo   Weekend construction 3/27-3/30/15

The following weekend construction activities are scheduled, in addition to work already in place. As always, some work may be postponed due to weather or other circumstances. For the latest information, follow on Twitter @ MDOT_MetroDet and always check MDOT’s website before traveling, Michigan.gov/drive, searching by route, county, and date. NOTE: M-53 CONSTRUCTION BELOW.

I-75:

In Wayne County, north and south I-75 between Schaefer Hwy and Rouge River Bridge will be closed intermittently for 15 minute periods between 6 am – 10 am Saturday for utility work. Expect delays.

In Wayne County, north and south ramps to west M-8 (Davison), Oakland Ave and M-1 (Woodward Ave) will be closed from 10 pm Friday to 5 am Monday for bridge work on M-8 (Davison).

Detour for southbound - is south I-75 to west I-94 to north M-10 to west M-8 or south I-75 to west McNichols to access Oakland and M-1. I-75 traffic to M-10 can use I-94 or stay on I-75. 

Detour for northbound – is north I-75 to west I-94 to north M-10 to west M-8 or north I-75 to west McNichols to access Oakland or M-1. I-75 traffic to M-10 should use I-94 or stay on I-75.  

M-53: (Van Dyke Ave)

In Macomb County, north M-53 at Masonic will have the right lane closed from 8 am to 4 pm Saturday for utility work. 

REMINDER – CONTINUING M-53 CONSTRUCTION LISTED AT BOTTOM OF REPORT.

M-59:

In Macomb County, east and west M-59 at Van Dyke Avenue will have one lane closed from 9am-3pm Saturday for utility work. 

M-10:

In Wayne County, north and south M-10 under Warren Avenue will have lane closures from 9 am to 12 pm for bridge work. The Forest Avenue ramp to north M-10 will be closed.

In Wayne County, south M-10 ramp to east M-8 (Davison Fwy) will be closed from 10 pm Friday to 5 am Monday for bridge work. Detour is south M-10 to east I-94 to north I-75 to east M-8  

M-8 (Davison Fwy)/Oakland Ave:

In Wayne County, south Oakland Avenue over M-8 (Davison Fwy) closed on 3/23 and remains closed until 10/2/2015 for bridge work. Detour is south Oakland to west M-8 (Davison) service drive to the crossover west of M-1 (Woodward) to the east M-8 service drive to south Oakland.

In Wayne County, east and west M-8 (Davison Fwy) will be closed between Oakland Avenue and I-75 from 10 pm Friday to 5 am Monday for bridge work. East M-8 will be open to the Woodward and Oakland exits. Westbound M-8 will be open to I-75. Detour for east M-8; is south M-10 to east I-94 to north I-75 to east M-8. For west M-8; is south I-75 to west I-94 to north M-10 to west M-8.

In Wayne County, east M-8 (Davison Fwy) ramp to north and south I-75 will be closed from 10 pm Friday to 5 am Monday for bridge work. Detour is east M-8 to south M-10 to east I-94 to south I-75. M-10 traffic should stay on M-10 or I-94 to connect with I-75.

In Wayne County, west M-8 (Davison Fwy) ramp to Oakland Avenue and M-1 (Woodward Ave) closed 3/25 and remains closed until 10/2/2015. Detou is west M-8 to north I-75 to west McNichols to Oakland Avenue or M-1 (Woodward Ave).

I-375:

In Wayne County, south I-375 ramp to Madison Avenue has one lane blocked intermittently until 7/6/2015. There will NOT be lane closures during downtown events.

LOCAL LANES:

In Macomb County, east and west 16 Mile Road (Metropolitan Parkway) at M-53 have one lane blocked in each direction, leaving only two lanes open until 5/25/2015.

In Macomb County, east and west 18 Mile Road at M-53 have one lane blocked in each direction leaving only one lane for east and two for west until 5/25/2015. 

MONDAY:

I-69:

In St. Clair County, west I-69 from M-19 to Taylor Road will have one lane closed from 7 am Monday to 4/3/15 for road work. 

In St. Clair County, east I-69 east of Taylor Road will have one lane closed from 7 am Monday to 5/5/15 for road work. 

In St. Clair County, east I-69 near M-19 will have one lane closed from 7 am Monday to 5/5/15 for road work. 

CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES:


M-53: (Van Dyke Ave)

In Macomb County, north and south M-53 (Van Dyke) between 14 1/2 Mile and 18 Mile Roads has the left lane closed through Friday, 5/15/15. ALSO, 16 Mile Road has one lane blocked, leaving only two lanes open in each direction at M-53. And eastbound 18 Mile Road has one lane blocked, leaving only one lane open.  

I-75:

In Wayne County, north and south I-75 under Woodward Ave (M-1) has a single lane closed for M-1 construction over freeway through June 2015.

M-85: (Fort St)

In Wayne county, M-85 (Fort St) bridge over the Rouge River is closed between Oakwood and Miller Road through Spring 2015.  

I-94/I-69: (Military/Huron St)

In St. Clair County, north and south I-94 Business Loop/I-69 Business Loop over the Black River is closed for bridge maintenance through the end of March. 

M-29:


In St. Clair County, M-29 remains closed over the Pine River for bridge maintenance work through the end of March. Follow the posted using PUttygut (cars) or Chartier (trucks), King, Fred Moore Hwy, and Clinton Ave.   .

M-59:


In Macomb County, east and west M-59 between Elizabeth Street and I-94 will have a moving two-lane closure through 3 pm Monday for survey work. 

In Macomb County, west M-59 (Huron Road) at Mohawk Road will have the right lane closed intermittently through 4/4/15 for utility work.

3/26/2015 9:40 AM (Updated 3/26/2015 9:40 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Overnight Closures of Mittel Drive at Thorndale Avenue Scheduled

Closure required for bridge beam placement as part of the Illinois Route 390 Project in Wood Dale

Temporary, overnight closures of Mittel Drive at Thorndale Avenue in Wood Dale are scheduled to begin next week for bridge construction as part of the Illinois Route 390 Project. Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place to alert drivers in advance of the closure and detour.
 

Weather permitting, on Wednesday, April 1, intermittent full closures of the roadway lasting no longer than 15 minutes each, are scheduled in both directions on Mittel Drive at Thorndale Avenue for placement of bridge beams. Electronic message signs will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to the closures.


Weather permitting, Mittel Drive south of Thorndale Avenue will close at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, and traffic traveling to and from Thorndale Avenue will be detoured via Wood Dale Road. The road will reopen by 5 a.m. on Thursday, April 2. Similar closures are scheduled overnight Thursday, April 2, and Friday, April 3. Installation of bridge beams will be done during overnight hours to minimize the impact on traffic.




In 2015, the Illinois Tollway is continuing construction of bridges to carry the new Illinois Route 390 over Salt Creek, Mittel Drive and Lively Boulevard. Each of these bridges will include two separate structures for eastbound and westbound traffic with three lanes in each direction as part of the construction of the new Illinois Route 390.

The bridges are part of advance work to accommodate construction of Illinois Route 390 east of I-290 to Illinois Route 83. Work also includes widening and resurfacing Mittel Drive, construction of a stormwater detention pond between Salt Creek and Mittel Drive, as well as drainage and lighting improvements. The advance work is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

The Illinois Tollway is coordinating the bridge, local road improvements and frontage road construction with the city of Wood Dale and DuPage County.

Work Zone Safety

A 45 mph work zone speed limit is in effect on Thorndale Avenue. Construction zone speed limits are in effect in all construction zones 24/7 and drivers should slow down in construction zones, whether or not workers are present, watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution at all times.

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

Illinois Route 390 Project

The first phase of the Elgin O'Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project includes building the new Illinois Route 390. The Illinois Route 390 Project scheduled to be complete by 2017 is improving the existing portion of Illinois Route 390, formerly known as the Elgin O’Hare Expressway, from Lake Street (U.S. Route 20) to I-290 and extending Illinois Route 390 east to Illinois Route 83 along the current Thorndale Avenue with bridges and frontage roads to accommodate local traffic.

The new Illinois Route 390 from Lake Street (U.S. Route 20) to Illinois Route 83, including a new interchange at I-290, is estimated at $780 million.

In 2015, the Illinois Tollway will complete improvements to the western segment of Illinois Route 390 between Lake Street (U.S. Route 20) and Rohlwing Road. In addition, construction will begin to build the eastern segment of the new roadway from I-290 to Illinois Route 83 and work will continue to build new bridges to carry Illinois Route 390 traffic over Salt Creek, Mittel Boulevard and Lively Boulevard.

The project also includes constructing Illinois Route 390 east to Illinois Route 83, including construction of bridges and frontage roads to accommodate local traffic. In addition, local interchange improvements, construction of new frontage roads, local roadway improvements and noisewalls will be built to accommodate the new Illinois Route 390. The new roadway between Rohlwing Road and Illinois Route 83 is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2017.

These improvements are part of the $3.4 billion Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project, which is included in the Illinois Tollway’s 15‐year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.

Getting Tollway Construction Information

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

    www.illinoistollway.com – Construction/Planning section, Tollway Trip Calculator, live roadway images and real-time roadway incident information
    1-800-TOLL-FYI – Daily lane closure information
    www.travelmidwest.com – Real-time travel times
    www.twitter.com – Real-time roadway incident information at Tollway Trip 90, Tollway Trip 88, Tollway Trip 355 and Tollway Trip 94/294

About Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project

Considered a Project of National and Regional Significance by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the $3.4 billion Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project represents a fiscally responsible approach to address the area’s diverse travel needs – improving travel efficiency, providing western access to O’Hare International Airport, creating opportunities for jobs and economic development, enhancing multi-modal connections and reducing congestion. The project includes 17 miles of new roads with 15 new or improved interchanges as part of a new, all-electronic toll road that includes rehabilitating and widening Illinois Route 390, formerly known as the Elgin O’Hare Expressway, and extending it east along Thorndale Avenue to O’Hare and building a new roadway around the western border of O’Hare linking the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294). Broadly supported by local governments, the project is the result of bipartisan consensus reached by the Elgin O’Hare Advisory Council in 2011, which brought together local communities, business, labor, public finance and regional planning and transportation experts.

About Move Illinois

The Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future, will improve mobility, relieve congestion, reduce pollution, create as many as 120,000 jobs and link economies across the Midwest region. Move Illinois will address the remaining needs of the existing Tollway system; rebuild and widen the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) as a state-of-the-art, 21st century corridor; construct a new interchange to connect the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to I-57; build a new, all-electronic Elgin O’Hare Western Access and fund planning studies for the Illinois Route 53/120 Project, Illiana Expressway and other emerging projects.

About the Illinois Tollway

The Illinois Tollway is a user-fee system that receives no state or federal funds for maintenance and operations. The agency maintains and operates 286 miles of interstate tollways in 12 counties in Northern Illinois, including the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) and the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80).

3/25/2015 6:21 PM (Updated 3/26/2015 2:27 PM)

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

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the right two lanes of eastbound I-74 between I-474 and I-155 will be closed from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28th.
 
All eastbound I-474 traffic will be required to merge into one lane of I-74 traffic. Significant travel delays are possible on both eastbound I-74 and eastbound I-474 during this time. Motorists should plan accordingly.
 
The lane closures are necessary for striping work to be completed in preparation for the upcoming construction season.

3/25/2015 11:57 AM (Updated 3/25/2015 11:57 AM)

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

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced the following ramp closures, both scheduled to take effect Wednesday, April 1st and continue until the end of November:

  •     The ramp from northbound I-155 to westbound I-74 will be closed.
    • Detour: Eastbound I-74 to Morton Avenue interchange; follow detour loops to westbound I-74; proceed westbound on I-74.
  •     The ramp from westbound I-74 to southbound I-155 will be closed.
    • Detour: Westbound on I-74 to Exit 98 (Pinecrest Drive); follow detour loops to eastbound I-74; proceed eastbound on I-74; exit onto southbound I-155.

The ramp closures are necessary to reconstruct the I-74 and I-155 interchange.

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

3/24/2015 1:26 PM (Updated 3/24/2015 1:26 PM)

Kaine County Illinois small logo   Illinois Route 25/Stearns Rd Roadway Widening, Reconstruction and Bridge Replacement

As part of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s ongoing construction project, portions of Illinois Route 25/Stearns Road at the UP RR tracks, between Stearns Road and IL. Rte. 25 will be closed at night from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am starting March 30 thru April 3, 2015 to allow for railroad bridge demolition work. A posted detour will route vehicles around the project site using IL. Rte. 64, IL Rte. 25, Kirk Road, Dunham Road and East Middle Street. Traffic will be restored to normal configurations during the daytime hours of 5:30 am to 8:30 pm each day during this scheduled work.

The public is asked to avoid the area during this night time/early hour’s work and to seek alternate routes when possible. Motorists affected by this night work are advised to follow the posted detour, pay attention to the flaggers and exercise caution while traveling near the work area.

3/24/2015 9:51 AM (Updated 3/24/2015 9:52 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL-19 / Irving Park Road Closed between York Rd & South Access Rd

                                                                                                
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that Illinois 19 (Irving Park Road) between York Road and South Access Road will be closed immediately. A large number of trucks have ignored a posted truck detour. The new railroad bridge over the roadway has been struck by over-height trucks multiple times since the road reopened recently. In order to address this serious safety issue, the road must be closed to all traffic.

Traffic will be affected in the following manner:

· Eastbound and westbound IL 19 will be closed to all traffic between York Rd and South Access Road, just east of York Rd., immediately.

· The roadway will reopened in approximately 4 months after the new railroad bridge is put in service.

· A detour will be posted during this closure.

·  South Access Road will remain open to O'Hare Airport cargo deliveries during the closure and accessible via the detour route.

The following posted detour routes will be in effect for the full roadway closure:

· Eastbound IL 19 traffic will turn north on to York Rd./Elmhurst Rd.,  east on IL Rte 72 (Touhy Ave), east on to IL72 (Higgins Rd), south on US Rte. 12/45/Mannheim Rd.

· Westbound IL 19 traffic will turn north on to US Route 12/45/Mannheim Rd., west on IL72/Higgins Rd., west on IL 72/Touhy Ave, south on Elmhurst Rd./York Rd.

The entire railroad flyover project, which kicked off  in February 2013, also includes the reconstruction of the intersection of Irving Park Road and York Road, which respectively carry 37,000 vehicles and 28,000 vehicles each day. An average of 25 freight trains pass through the crossing each day, delaying 6,400 vehicles and costing motorists 1,500 daily hours of delays that will be eliminated as a result of this project. The project is in conjunction with the Village of Bensenville, DuPage County, the City of Chicago’s O’Hare Modernization Program, the Canadian Pacific Railroad and Metra.

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

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

3/23/2015 7:21 PM (Updated 3/26/2015 9:40 AM)

Michigan Department of Transportation logo   MDOT construction Oakland Ave/M-8 (Davison Fwy) & I-75 ramps

COUNTY:
Wayne

HIGHWAY:
Oakland Avenue over M-8 (Davison Freeway)                    

CLOSEST CITY:
Highland Park

START DATE:
Monday, March 23, 2015

ESTIMATED END DATE:
Late fall 2015

PROJECT DETAILS:
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is investing $2.7 million in bridge repairs in Highland Park in Wayne County. This includes Oakland Avenue over M-8 (Davison Freeway) and the M-8 (Davison Freeway) ramp to southbound I-75. Road repairs include replacing concrete on bridges and beam repairs.

TRAFFIC IMPACT:
Motorists will find southbound Oakland Avenue over M-8 (Davison Freeway) already closed, along with the westbound M-8 service drive and ramps from M-8 and I-75 to the shared exit of Oakland and Woodward avenues. These closures are in preparation for the complete closure of M-8 (Davison Freeway) under Oakland Avenue this weekend from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for demolishing the bridge surface.

The eastbound M-8 (Davison Freeway) ramp to southbound I-75 ramp is expected to be closed from mid-May through late fall as part of the project.

3/23/2015 1:43 PM (Updated 3/23/2015 8:51 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL-91 in Dunlap

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that work to widen and resurface IL 91 in Dunlap will continue the week of March 30th, weather permitting.
 
This work will require traffic shifts and lane closures on IL 91. In addition, the portion of Legion Hall Road between IL 91 and Breckenridge Drive will be closed for pavement replacement and the installation of sidewalk, pipe culverts, and storm sewer.
 
Access to residences and businesses will be maintained during construction. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

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

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

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

3/23/2015 11:55 AM (Updated 3/23/2015 8:48 PM)

Michigan Department of Transportation logo   Stadium Drive interchange reconstruction at US-131 starts Monday in Kalamazoo

Fast facts:

- Stadium Drive interchange reconstruction at US-131 begins March 30 in Kalamazoo.

- MDOT is investing $23.5 million to build a single-point urban interchange (SPUI) at US-131 and Stadium Drive (I-94 Business Loop/US-131 Business Route).

- Work is expected to be complete in September.

Following the Stadium Drive construction completed in 2014, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be resuming reconstruction of the US-131 interchange in Kalamazoo on Monday, March 30.

The new interchange is expected to be open to traffic in early September. It will be a single-point urban interchange (SPUI), the same design used at the I-94 interchange with Westnedge Avenue in Portage.

During construction, there will be one lane of Stadium Drive open in each direction.

The straight ramps will remain open:

- northbound US-131 to eastbound Stadium Drive,

- eastbound Stadium Drive to southbound US-131,

- southbound US-131 to westbound Stadium Drive, and

- westbound Stadium Drive to northbound US-131.

The loop-ramps will be closed:

- northbound US-131 to westbound Stadium Drive,

- southbound US-131 to eastbound Stadium Drive,

- westbound Stadium Drive to southbound US-131, and

- eastbound Stadium Drive to northbound US-131.

3/23/2015 10:10 AM (Updated 3/23/2015 8:50 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   I-270 from the new Chain of Rocks Canal Bridge to IL 3

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that nighttime lane restrictions will be encountered along eastbound and westbound I-270 from the new Chain of Rocks Canal Bridge to IL 3 beginning on Monday, March 23, 2015, weather permitting. The eastbound and westbound lane restrictions will be in place at or after 9:00 p.m. and will be removed by 5:00 a.m. the following morning. The lane restrictions are necessary to install the permanent pavement striping. This work shall be completed by 5:00 a.m. on Friday, March 27, 2015.

In addition to the lane restrictions stated above, the ramp from eastbound I-270 onto southbound IL 3 will be closed on Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25, weather permitting. The ramp closure will begin at 9:00 p.m. and will reopen by 5:00 a.m. the following morning. A posted detour will be in place to guide eastbound motorists to IL 203, where they will exit and be directed back onto westbound I-270 and sent back to IL 3.

Please use extreme caution while traveling through the work zone.

The contractor on this project is Walsh Construction of Chicago, IL. Barry Gibbs 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 618/346-3351.

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

3/20/2015 8:52 PM (Updated 3/20/2015 8:52 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Illinois Tollway Continues Roadway Work on Illinois Route 390 Project

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway will begin the process next week to shift traffic on the western segment of Illinois Route 390 between Lake Street (U.S. Route 20) and I-290 to create a work zone for 2015 construction on the Illinois Route 390 Project. Work will also begin to shift traffic on I-290 as construction resumes on the new interchange on Illinois Route 390. 

In 2015, work includes completion of roadway improvements on the western end of the new Illinois Route 390, formerly known as the Elgin O’Hare Expressway, between Lake Street and Rohlwing Road (Illinois Route 53). Construction on Illinois Route 390 also includes completion of the new Rohlwing Road Bridge and work to begin construction of the eastern segment of Illinois Route 390 from Rohlwing Road to Illinois Route 83. Construction is part of the $3.4 billion Elgin O’Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project.

“The Illinois Tollway is committed to maintaining access to local roads and interchanges and providing the same number of lanes for drivers during construction as we work to complete improvements on the first segment of Illinois Route 390,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur. “By the end of this year, drivers will have a newly reconstructed roadway with improved access to and from I-290.” 

The Illinois Route 390 Project is providing needed repairs and upgrades between Lake Street and Irving Park Road and rehabilitating and widening the existing roadway to three lanes in each direction from Irving Park Road to Meacham Road/Medinah Road. The roadway will be reconstructed and widened to three lanes in each direction between Meacham Road/Medinah Road and Rohlwing Road. 

In addition, work in 2015 includes continued construction of noisewalls and retaining walls, water main and utility relocations and drainage improvements. 

In 2014, the Tollway began work to widen Illinois Route 390 between Irving Park Road and Rohlwing Road and completed construction on the southbound side of the Rohlwing Road Bridge over Illinois Route 390. Improvements on the first segment of Illinois Route 390 from Lake Street to Rohlwing Road are scheduled to be complete by the end of 2015. 

Traffic Shifts Begin Week of March 23

Beginning the week of March 23, traffic shifts on Illinois Route 390 between Lake Street and I-290 are scheduled to be completed in segments over several weeks.

Between Lake Street and Irving Park Road, eastbound traffic will be routed through multiple shifts in traffic to the left and to the right to accommodate electrical work. Westbound traffic will be shifted to the right for pavement construction.
Between Irving Park Road and Wright Boulevard, traffic in both directions will be shifted to the right.
Between Wright Boulevard and Plum Grove Road, traffic in both directions will be shifted to the left.
Between Plum Grove Road and Meacham Road/Medinah Road, there are no traffic shifts planned.
Between Meacham Road/Medinah Road and Rohlwing Road, westbound traffic will be shifted to the left. 

Also beginning the week of March 23, traffic shifts are planned on I-290 to allow for the construction of bridge piers. Eastbound I-290 traffic between Biesterfield Road and Devon Avenue will be shifted to the left. Eastbound traffic between Devon Avenue and Irving Park Road will be shifted to the right. Westbound I-290 traffic between Irving Park Road to Devon Avenue will be shifted to the right. 

Work to shift traffic will take place during overnight and off-peak daytime hours to minimize the impact on drivers and is dependent on the weather. Overnight lane closures on Illinois Route 390 will be necessary to install glare screens, complete pavement striping and shift traffic, with up to one lane closed nightly. Lane reductions will be removed by 5 a.m. on weekdays in advance of the morning rush hour. 

Whenever possible, the Tollway uses traffic shifts and shoulders to keep as many lanes open during peak hours as were available before construction. Lane closures will be scheduled during overnight and off-peak hours for bridge construction. In addition, there will be no shoulders available during construction. 

The Tollway is coordinating work with the Illinois Department of Transportation and DuPage County, as well as local townships, villages and police and fire departments. 

Construction information about the Illinois Route 390 Project is available in the “Projects by Roadway” section in the Construction/Planning section on the Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com. 

The public can follow the progress of the work on the EOWA Project via camera images offering bird’s-eye-views on the Illinois Tollway’s website www.illinoistollway.com. Views of ongoing work at the I-290 Interchange and Illinois Route 390 are updated every 15 minutes and available online. 

Work Zone Safety

A 45 mph speed limit is in effect 24/7 on Illinois Route 390. Construction zone speed limits are in effect in all construction zones 24/7 and drivers should slow down in construction zones, whether or not workers are present, watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution at all times. 

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

Illinois Route 390 Project

The first phase of the Elgin O'Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project includes building the new Illinois Route 390. The Illinois Route 390 Project scheduled to be complete by 2017 is improving the existing portion of Illinois Route 390, formerly known as the Elgin O’Hare Expressway, from Lake Street (U.S. Route 20) to I-290 and extending Illinois Route 390 east to Illinois Route 83 along the current Thorndale Avenue with bridges and frontage roads to accommodate local traffic. 

The new Illinois Route 390 from Lake Street (U.S. Route 20) to Illinois Route 83, including a new interchange at I-290, is estimated at $780 million. 

In 2015, the Illinois Tollway will complete improvements to the western segment of Illinois Route 390 between Lake Street (U.S. Route 20) and Rohlwing Road. In addition, construction will begin to build the eastern segment of the new roadway from I-290 to Illinois Route 83 and work will continue to build new bridges to carry Illinois Route 390 traffic over Salt Creek, Mittel Boulevard and Lively Boulevard. 

The project also includes constructing Illinois Route 390 east to Illinois Route 83, including construction of bridges and frontage roads to accommodate local traffic. In addition, local interchange improvements, construction of new frontage roads, local roadway improvements and noisewalls will be built to accommodate the new Illinois Route 390. The new roadway between Rohlwing Road and Illinois Route 83 is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2017.

3/20/2015 8:14 PM (Updated 3/21/2015 5:11 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Lane Reductions and Shoulder Closures at US-30 over I-57

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that bridge improvement work will resume, on eastbound and westbound US 30 (Lincoln Highway), and northbound and southbound Interstate 57, in the Village of Matteson, weather permitting, on Monday, March 23.

In order to complete the work, the following traffic patterns will be affected:

  • Permanent shoulder closures along northbound and southbound I-57 at US 30.
  • Traffic will be reduced from two lanes to one lane along the westbound direction on US 30 with a width restriction of 13 feet.
  • Traffic will be reduced from three lanes to one lane along the eastbound direction of US 30 with a width restriction of 9 feet.

The anticipated completion of the project is, weather permitting, May 2015.

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.

3/20/2015 8:05 PM (Updated 3/24/2015 11:29 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Extensive Bridge Reconstruction Work Begins on Illinois Route 171

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that the $35 Million dollar bridge reconstruction work on Illinois Route 171 (First Ave) to repair all bridges on the southbound Illinois Route 171will occur, weather permitting, starting March 30, with preliminary work beginning March 23.

In order to complete the work, lanes will be reduced, weather permitting, with the following details:

  • On March 23, preliminary work will start on the northbound lanes to prepare for and accommodate northbound and southbound traffic.
  • By March 30, all traffic will be on the northbound lanes of Illinois 171.
  • All ramps on the southbound Illinois 171 will be closed to traffic during the entire duration of the project and detour routes will be posted.

The project is expected to be completed by October 31, 2015.

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.

3/20/2015 7:40 PM (Updated 3/24/2015 11:28 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Stuenkel Road Interchange Construction Work

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that weather permitting, work for the new interchange on I-57 at Stuenkel Road near the Village of University Park will resume on Monday, March 23.

In order to complete the work, shoulders along both northbound and southbound I-57 will be closed between Monee-Manhattan Road and Steger Road.

Project work includes but is not limited to the construction of ramps, pavement reconstruction and road widening. The project is anticipated to be completed by October 2015.

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.

Traffic updates are available online at www.travelmidwest.com.

3/20/2015 1:47 PM (Updated 3/20/2015 1:47 PM)

Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   Weekend closure of Highway 100 begins March 27

Closure will require motorists to use alternative routes

Motorists traveling on Highway 100 between Golden Valley and Edina, will encounter a weekend road closure and a detour beginning March 27 as crews prepare the highway for upcoming construction and traffic changes.

Beginning at 9 p.m., Friday, March 27, crews will reduce the lanes and close ramps on Highway 100 between I-394 and Highway 62. At 10 p.m., both directions of the highway and all of the ramps will close.

The road and ramps will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, March 30.

Motorists will be detoured around the closure using I-394, Highway 169 and Highway 62.

When the road reopens on March 30, motorists will encounter delays on Highway 100 between W 36th Street and Barry Street in St. Louis Park as the highway will be reduced to two lanes in each direction.

The weekend closure and the lane reductions are needed so crews can remove the center pier of the Canadian Pacific Railroad Bridge and prepare the road for upcoming construction.

The construction project includes adding an auxiliary lane, reconfiguring and reconstructing the Minnetonka Boulevard and Highway 7 bridges and ramps, and building noise walls along the 1.6 mile stretch of road. 

Motorists are advised to drive carefully through the work zone and to watch for slow moving construction vehicles.

For more information, or to sign up for e-mail project updates, visit the project web site at mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy100slp/ 

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

3/20/2015 12:31 AM (Updated 3/20/2015 12:32 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Daytime Lane Closures Scheduled on Wolf Road for Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Construction

Lane closures planned for bridge beam removal as part of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project

Temporary, daytime lane closures on Wolf Road in Des Plaines are scheduled next week as work begins to rebuild the bridge carrying the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) over the local road. This work is part of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project scheduled to be complete in 2016.

Weather permitting, on Monday, March 23, daytime lane closures, including intermittent full closures of the roadway lasting no longer than 15 minutes each, are scheduled in both directions on Wolf Road under I-90 for removal of bridge beams. Electronic message signs will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to the daytime closures.

Daytime lane closures on Wolf Road will begin after 9 a.m. on Monday, March 23, closing one lane in both directions under I-90. Temporary, full closures of the roadway are scheduled between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., with all lanes reopening by 3 p.m. ahead of the evening rush hour.

Once the beams have been removed, daytime lane closures will continue throughout the week, following the same schedule, to continue work to remove the bridge structure. Short-term lane closures and traffic shifts will be scheduled later this spring as bridge construction continues.

The local roadway closure was coordinated with the city of Des Plaines and the Illinois Department of Transportation, along with local police and fire departments.

In 2015, the Illinois Tollway will begin roadway rebuilding and widening on the second phase of the $2.5 billion I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project between the Elgin Toll Plaza and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294). The eastern segment of I-90 will be rebuilt and a new lane added to provide four lanes in each direction between Randall Road and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294).

The I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project includes reconstruction of I-90 bridges over local roads between Illinois Route 53 and I-294. Mainline bridges with local road impacts include: Golf Road, Arlington Heights Road, Busse Road, Oakton Street, Mount Prospect Road, Wolf Road, Touhy Avenue, Mannheim Road and Higgins Road (Illinois Route 72) in Rosemont. Impacts to local roads will include shoulder closures, as well as traffic shifts and short-term lane reductions.

In addition, work in 2015 includes completion of noisewall and retaining wall construction, utility relocations and drainage improvements. The first phase of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project between I-39 in Rockford and the Elgin Toll Plaza was completed in 2014. Construction on the 25-mile segment of I-90 from the Elgin Toll Plaza to I-294 is scheduled for completion in 2016.

Construction information about the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project is available in the “Projects by Roadway” section in the Construction/Planning section on the Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com.

3/19/2015 11:31 PM (Updated 3/24/2015 11:26 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Edgewood Avenue at Thorndale Avenue in Wood Dale Scheduled to Close

Closure required for sewer work as part of the Illinois Route 390 Project

A portion of Edgewood Avenue south of Thorndale Avenue in Wood Dale is scheduled to close for about two weeks beginning next week, for sewer and roadway construction as part of the Illinois Route 390 Project. Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place to alert drivers in advance of the closure and detour.

Weather permitting, on Tuesday, March 24, Edgewood Avenue south of Thorndale Avenue is scheduled to close to traffic for advance work needed to prepare for construction of Illinois Route 390 east of I-290. A signed detour will be put in place directing traffic to use Lively Boulevard or Central Avenue to access Edgewood Avenue. The work is scheduled to be completed in 2015.