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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 Tollway logo   Daytime Lane Closures Scheduled Monday on Mount Prospect Road for Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Construction

Temporary, daytime lane closures on Mount Prospect Road in Des Plaines are scheduled on Monday, March 2, 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, work on Mount Prospect Road under I-90 is scheduled on Monday, March 2, between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for bridge construction. Four intermittent, temporary closures of the road are scheduled between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to remove bridge beams. Electronic message signs will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to the closures.

Once the beams have been removed, daytime lane closures will continue throughout the week to remove guardrail on Mount Prospect Road. Short-term lane closures and traffic shifts will be scheduled later this spring as bridge construction continues.

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.

The local roadway closure was coordinated with the city of Des Plaines and Cook County, along with local police and fire departments.

2/27/2015 5:22 PM (Updated 2/27/2015 5:22 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Illinois Route 171 Lane Closures for Bridge Reconstruction

 The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced lane closures along Illinois Route 171 will occur for reconstruction of the bridge over 47th Street. The project is slated to begin, weather permitting, March 2.

In order to complete the work, the left lane in both the northbound and southbound directions of Route 171 over 47th Street Bridge will be closed until summer of 2015. Later in the summer, lane closures will switch to the right lane in both directions. The entire rehabilitation project will be completed, weather permitting, by the end of October.  

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.

2/27/2015 3:39 PM (Updated 2/27/2015 3:39 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   I-70 in Vandalia

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that work will resume on I-70 in Vandalia, Illinois next week.

Beginning Monday, March 2, 2015, weather permitting, I-70 will be closed to one lane of traffic in each direction.  Westbound traffic will be diverted to use the crossovers so that the contractor can remove and replace the westbound structure.  The interchange ramps at Exit 63 will remain open to traffic at all times.

Work on the westbound structure is scheduled to be completed by mid November, 2015.  Plocher Construction Company Inc. is the prime contractor and Doug Holland is the Resident Engineer for the Department of Transportation.  Questions concerning this project should be directed to Mr. Holland at 618/283-9455 or Bob Utz at the Effingham office at 217/342-3951.

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

2/26/2015 11:31 AM (Updated 2/26/2015 11:31 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL-133 West of Oakland

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that beginning March 9th, weather permitting, IL-133 (1.5 miles west of Oakland) will be closed to all through traffic each direction until approximately mid to late November 2015. This is necessary to replace the bridge over the Embarras River. A marked detour will be utilized to facilitate all traffic around the worksite until the bridge construction is completed. Local traffic will still be allowed access up to the work zone on each side for the entire project duration.

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

2/24/2015 9:29 AM (Updated 2/25/2015 2:57 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Lane Closures Scheduled as Work Resumes on Tri-State Tollway (I-94) Grand Avenue Interchange in Gurnee

Mainline lane closures and ramp closures scheduled to begin in March

Work will resume on the Tri-State Tollway (I-94) Grand Avenue Interchange Project beginning with lane and shoulder closures on I-94 to install new roadway signage for Grand Avenue and prepare for ramp reconstruction. The $19.4 million project is scheduled to be complete in 2015.

Beginning the week of February 23, one eastbound lane is scheduled to close for three days, weather permitting, to provide a work zone for construction of new Grand Avenue exit signage. A second three-day closure is scheduled for the week of March 2.

In addition, during the week of March 2, the ramp carrying traffic from eastbound Grand Avenue to westbound I-94 is scheduled to close with a detour for approximately two months for ramp reconstruction. Work on this ramp includes removing and replacing concrete pavement and asphalt shoulders.

Electronic message signs and directional signs will be put in place to alert drivers to the posted detour. The detour will direct drivers on Grand Avenue to take eastbound I-94, exit at Milwaukee Avenue (Illinois Route 21) and reenter westbound I-94. An additional local road detour will also be posted, directing traffic east along Grand Avenue and south on Milwaukee Avenue to enter westbound I-94. More than 1,000 vehicles use this ramp daily.

Also in early March, work is scheduled to begin on the ramp carrying traffic from westbound I-94 to eastbound Grand Avenue, including reconstruction to improve traffic flow. Retaining wall construction will continue along the east side of I-94 south of Grand Avenue and on the ramp carrying westbound I-94 traffic to eastbound Grand Avenue to prepare for the start of spring construction.

In 2015, three ramps at the Grand Avenue Interchange will be reconstructed, including the ramps from westbound I-94 to eastbound Grand Avenue and from westbound Grand Avenue to eastbound I-94, as well as the ramp from eastbound Grand Avenue to westbound I-94 which will be closed with a detour during construction. Ramp improvements include removing and replacing concrete pavement and asphalt shoulders. In 2014, the Tollway completed work on the ramps carrying I-94 traffic in both directions to westbound Grand Avenue and the ramps carrying westbound Grand Avenue traffic to westbound I-94 and eastbound Grand Avenue to eastbound I-94.

Grand Avenue (Illinois Route 132) Interchange Project

The $19.4 million Grand Avenue (Illinois Route 132) Interchange Project includes rebuilding seven of the eight ramps that make up the interchange with work scheduled to be complete in 2015. The project includes replacement of existing ramps to extend the life of the interchange and provide smooth pavement for drivers. In addition, several of the ramps will be realigned and widened, allowing traffic to flow more freely. The ramp carrying traffic from Grand Avenue to eastbound I-94 was reconstructed as part of the rebuilding and widening of I-94 completed in 2009.

The project is being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the village of Gurnee, Lake County, local fire and police departments, as well as the Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Six Flags Great America, Gurnee Mills Mall and Key Lime Cove.

The Grand Avenue (Illinois Route 132) Interchange Project on the Tri-State Tollway (I-94) is part of the 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. More than 40,000 vehicles use this interchange daily.

2/20/2015 5:37 PM (Updated 2/20/2015 5:39 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Business 55 near Bloomington

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that weather permitting; work is scheduled to resume February 23, 2015 for reconstruction of the bridges carrying Business 55 (Veterans Parkway) over Interstate 74 on the southwest side of Bloomington.

This project will include complete removal and replacement of the existing bridges, associated earthwork, and pavement replacement on Veterans Parkway and Interstate 74. Construction will take place in stages utilizing barrier walls and lanes will be restricted to 11 feet, two inches in both directions.

During construction, the following ramps will be closed:

  • Southbound Business 55 to eastbound I-74
  • Westbound I-74 to northbound Business 55
  • Westbound I-74 to southbound I-55
  • Eastbound I-74 to northbound Business 55

Marked detour routes will be in place. Please follow all detour signs.

The contractor for this $11.5 million project is O'Neil Brothers Construction Co. The estimated completion date is August 1, 2015.

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

For IDOT District 5 updates on Twitter, follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict5.

2/20/2015 12:15 PM (Updated 2/21/2015 8:42 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Mississippi River Bridge Closure near Cairo

The Illinois Department of Transportation would like to alert motorists traveling on US 60/62 near Cairo of an upcoming bridge closure.

The bridge carrying US 60/62 over the Mississippi River between Illinois and Missouri will be closed to all traffic beginning Monday, March 16, 2015.  This closure is necessary to facilitate major repairs to the bridge and is anticipated to be in place until March 18, 2016.

Motorists must use alternate routes.  Message boards advising of the closure will be placed at various locations in Illinois, Kentucky, and Missouri for the duration of the project.

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

2/20/2015 12:14 PM (Updated 2/20/2015 12:23 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Jane Byrne Flyover Construction

Project to Connect Dan Ryan to Eisenhower, Improve Safety, Efficiency

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that construction of a new flyover bridge as part of the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction is scheduled to begin, weather permitting, on March 7.

The start of the project, which involves building a new bridge connecting the inbound Dan Ryan Expressway (Interstate 90/94) to the outbound Eisenhower Expressway (Interstate 290), will require several lane and ramp closures until Summer 2016.

The closures and the impacts to traffic include:

·The ramp from the inbound Dan Ryan to inbound Congress Parkway will be closed. A detour route will be posted, directing motorists to exit on Roosevelt Road to access Congress Parkway via Jefferson, Harrison and Wells streets. The ramp from the inbound Dan Ryan to the outbound Eisenhower will remain open, but shifted to a temporary roadway.

·The inbound and outbound Stevenson Expressway (Interstate 55) ramps to the Dan Ryan will be reduced from two lanes to one lane.

·The right lane of the inbound Dan Ryan from the Stevenson to Roosevelt Road will be closed.

·The ramp from Roosevelt Road to I-290/Congress Parkway will be closed. Detour routes will be posted. Motorists will be directed to continue east on Roosevelt Road to connect with Congress Parkway via Jefferson, Harrison and Wells streets. To connect with the outbound Eisenhower, they will be directed to continue west Roosevelt Road and utilize Ashland Avenue and Van Buren Street.

·The ramp from Taylor Street to the inbound Dan Ryan will be closed. A detour route will be posted, directing motorists to connect with the inbound Dan Ryan from Taylor Street via Jefferson Street and the Adams Street entrance ramp.

·The ramp from the inbound Dan Ryan to the outbound Eisenhower will remain open, but shifted to a temporary roadway. The new four lanes from Roosevelt Street to Van Buren Street will be narrowed.

Motorists should expect delays and 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.

The flyover will replace the existing single-lane, winding ramp with a two-lane ramp and bridge that begins just south of Roosevelt Road and arches over Harrison Street, the rest of the Jane Byrne Interchange, and Halsted Street, before connecting to the outbound Eisenhower near Morgan Street. From ramp to ramp, the entire structure will be about one mile in length. Additional components of the project include enhanced lighting and signage.

Later this summer and fall, IDOT, in conjunction with the City of Chicago, will be scheduling closures on some parts of the expressway system at the Jane Byrne Interchange to facilitate the placement of the flyover’s beams. During those weekends, access to Congress Parkway will be closed to incoming Eisenhower traffic and multiple lanes will be closed on the Dan Ryan and Kennedy expressways.

Once complete, the flyover will improve efficiency, traffic flow and safety for the approximately 400,000 motorists that drive through the Jane Byrne Interchange each day.

The four-year, $475 million overhaul of the Jane Byrne Interchange will relieve congestion at one of the country’s worst bottlenecks. The interchange where the Dan Ryan, Eisenhower and Kennedy expressways and Congress Parkway meet was built in the 1950s and 1960s, and has long outlived its original design. The project includes upgrading the surrounding bridge, roadway and drainage systems. The improvements are estimated to reduce traffic delays by at least 50 percent, saving motorists an anticipated 5 million hours in travel time and 1.6 million gallons of gas each year.

For more information on the Jane Byrne Interchange, including a live, streaming high-resolution view of the project, visit www.CircleInterchange.org.

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.

For regular updates on this and other projects, please follow IDOT on Facebook and Twitter.

2/17/2015 1:31 PM (Updated 2/17/2015 1:33 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   I-255 between Horseshoe Lake Road and I-270

I-255 in Madison County

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that lane reductions in both the northbound and southbound lanes of I-255 between Horseshoe Lake Road and I-270 will begin on Monday, February 9, 2015, weather permitting.  One of the three lanes will be closed daily between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to complete installation of guardrail end sections.  This work is expected to be completed by the end of February 2015.

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

Additional information is also available at www.stl-traffic.org/

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

2/3/2015 3:37 PM (Updated 2/3/2015 3:41 PM)

Michigan Department of Transportation logo   M-222 bridge over US-131 near Martin closed for reconstruction

COUNTY: Allegan

HIGHWAY: M-222

CLOSEST CITY: Martin

START DATE: Monday, Feb. 9, 2015

ESTIMATED END DATE: Thursday, July 9, 2015

PROJECT: Replace the M-222 bridge over US-131 in Martin, Allegan County.

TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS:

M-222 will be closed during bridge reconstruction and traffic will follow the posted detours on US-131 and M-89. Nighttime lane closures on US-131.

The new M-222 bridge is expected to open to traffic in time for the B-93 Birthday Bash event in June.

1/28/2015 12:52 PM (Updated 1/28/2015 12:52 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Full Closure of 63rd Street Bridge Over the Dan Ryan Expressway

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that work on the 63rd Street Bridge over the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago has been re-scheduled to now begin Monday, January 26, 2015.

Work will require full closure of the bridge between early January 2015 and October 2015 with daily lane closures on Wentworth Ave. and Yale St.  Expressway motorists can expect nightly lane closures.

The following detour routes will be posted:

    EB 63rd St, to SB Halsted St., to EB Marquette Rd., to NB State St, to EB 63rd St.
    WB 63rd St, to NB Wentworth Av, to WB 59th St, to SB Yale St, to WB 63rd St.

Note that detour routes may change based on other construction projects in the area.

Local businesses will remain open and accessible during construction.

The anticipated completion date for this project is 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.

1/24/2015 9:50 PM (Updated 2/10/2015 11:08 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   I-70 from Smithboro to the 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 one lane closed in each direction effective immediately.  These lane closures are necessary to install concrete headwall for pipe underdrains and remove concrete from the structures carrying Trapper Avenue, King Road and Mulberry Grove Road over I-70. This work should be completed and lane closures removed by February  27, 2015, 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 provided to assist motorists through the work zones. 

1/13/2015 4:36 PM (Updated 1/13/2015 4:36 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   I-270 from IL-3 to I-55/70

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that nighttime lane closures will be encountered on I-270 eastbound and westbound from IL 3 to I-55/70 beginning on Monday, January 12, 2015.  The lane closures will be from the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. the following morning, weather permitting.  These lane closures are necessary to install new guardrail at several locations.  Traffic will be guided through the work zone utilizing flaggers, traffic control devices, and traffic control signing.  This work is expected to be completed by June 30, 2015.

1/6/2015 1:10 PM (Updated 1/6/2015 1:14 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Traffic Shifts Scheduled for Higgins Road Bridge Work on Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90)

Overnight lane closures planned throughout next week on I-90

Overnight lane closures are scheduled next week to shift traffic on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) so work can continue through the winter to rebuild the Higgins Road Bridge over I-90 as part of the Illinois Tollway’s $2.5 billion I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project. Higgins Road and the bridge remain open during bridge reconstruction.

Three nights of lane closures are scheduled next week for pavement striping and barrier wall placement to prepare for traffic shifts. Traffic shifts will allow the Tollway to continue to provide three lanes in both directions and a work zone for bridge reconstruction.

Weather permitting, beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17, one westbound lane on I-90 will close, followed by the closure of an eastbound lane at 8 p.m. and a second lane in both directions at 10 p.m. All lanes are scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. on Thursday, December 18, ahead of the morning rush hour.

The same overnight lane closures are planned for Thursday night, December 18, following the same schedule and also on Friday night, December 19, with all lanes scheduled to reopen by 7 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, December 20, with traffic shifts complete and all I-90 traffic will be shifted to the left with three lanes in both directions.

Traffic on I-90 will remain in this configuration through spring 2015. Construction information is available in the “Projects by Roadway” section in the Construction/Planning section on the Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com.

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

All Higgins Road traffic is currently traveling on the eastbound bridge structure and is scheduled to be shifted onto the new westbound bridge in spring 2015. Traffic will remain in this configuration until the new eastbound bridge is completed in late 2015.

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

I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project


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

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

12/12/2014 12:27 PM (Updated 12/12/2014 12:27 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Traffic Shifts Scheduled for Lee Street Interchange Project on Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90)

Lee Street traffic to shift to new side of bridge

The Illinois Tollway is scheduled to shift traffic during the week of December 8, on the Lee Street Bridge over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) as part of the Lee Street Interchange Project. The shift will allow work to rebuild the interchange to continue through the winter. The project is scheduled to be complete in 2015.

The Lee Street Interchange Project is reconstructing the Lee Street Bridge carrying traffic over I-90 and rebuilding the two existing ramps providing access to and from the east.

Weather permitting, during the week of December 8, one lane of traffic in each direction on Lee Street is scheduled to be shifted onto the reconstructed northbound side of the bridge carrying Lee Street traffic over I-90. The shift will take place during non-peak daytime hours and is scheduled to be completed before the evening rush hour.

Once the traffic shift is complete, the southbound side of the bridge will then be removed over the winter months. Reconstruction of the new southbound side of the bridge will begin in spring 2015.

Also scheduled the week of December 8, traffic on the eastbound entrance ramp and westbound exit ramp will be shifted back to the standard configuration with full lanes at the intersection with Lee Street. Traffic has been shifted to keep the ramps open to traffic during reconstruction.

The Lee Street Interchange Project is being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, village of Rosemont, city of Des Plaines, city of Chicago, Chicago Department of Aviation and the Federal Aviation Administration, along with local municipalities and police and fire departments. Up to 11,800 vehicles use the existing interchange daily.

Lee Street Interchange Project

The Lee Street Interchange Project is reconstructing the Lee Street Bridge over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), as well as the two ramps that make up the partial interchange, and includes improvements to Lee Street between Touhy Avenue and Upper Express Drive. The existing eastbound entrance and westbound exit ramps are being reconstructed with the same configuration. In addition, the project also provides room for a future multi-use bicycle and pedestrian path on the east side of the bridge and a sidewalk on the west side. The project cost is estimated at $25-$35 million with work scheduled to be complete in 2015.

The Lee Street Interchange Project is funded by the Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. The Lee Street Bridge and ramps were constructed as part of the original Tollway system in the 1950s.

Work Zone Safety

A 45 mph work zone speed limit is in effect 24/7 in the construction zone on Lee Street and the ramps, whether or not workers are present. Drivers should continue to watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution at all times.

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

12/4/2014 12:57 PM (Updated 12/17/2014 6:36 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Construction and Lane Reductions on IL-9 in Bloomington

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that construction is scheduled to begin on Illinois Route 9 from Royal Pointe Drive to Towanda Barnes Road in Bloomington. This project consists of patching, milling and resurfacing of the mainline pavement with hot mix asphalt starting October 6, 2014, weather permitting. During construction, one lane of traffic will be maintained.  

The overall project is anticipated to be complete by May 30, 2015, weather permitting. 

Special care will be needed as construction trucks will enter and leave the open lane of traffic. These trucks will be moving at a slow rate of speed and motorists will need to be alert.

For IDOT District 5 updates on Twitter, follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict5.

10/1/2014 12:30 PM (Updated 10/3/2014 9:17 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Traffic Shift, Bicycle Lane Closure on Mittel Drive in Wood Dale Part of Elgin O'Hare Western Access Project

Shift and closure required for bridge construction on Illinois Route 390

Traffic on Mittel Drive in Wood Dale will be shifted this week as part of the advance work to construct two bridges over Salt Creek and Mittel Drive as part of the Elgin O’Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project.

In 2014, the Illinois Tollway will begin 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. Work on the bridge over Lively Boulevard began earlier this year.

Weather permitting, on Friday, September 26, traffic in each direction on Mittel Drive between Thorndale Avenue and Bauman Court will be shifted to the left and the existing bicycle lane closed.

During construction, bicyclists will be able to share the roadway with cars on Mittel Drive to access to the Salt Creek Greenway Trail. When construction is completed in 2015 a new multi-use, bicycle and pedestrian path will be constructed along Mittel Drive under Illinois Route 390.

The bridges are part of advance work to accommodate construction of Illinois Route 390 east of I-290 to O’Hare International Airport. Advance work 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 EOWA Project is included in the Tollway's 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Moving the Future.

9/23/2014 5:37 PM (Updated 9/24/2014 7:30 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL-134 Resurfacing in Lake County

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that a resurfacing project on various locations of Illinois 134 between U.S 12 and Illinois 120 in Lake County is scheduled to begin, weather permitting, on Monday, Sept. 22.

In order to complete the work, motorists can expect daily lane closures with flaggers at various locations once construction begins. The anticipated completion date for this project is May 15, 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.

9/19/2014 3:19 PM (Updated 10/1/2014 1:51 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Rieder Road Closed, St. Clair County

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that Rieder Road will be closed except to local traffic from US-50 to Wherry Road.  This closure will be utilized to fully reconstruct Rieder Road and construct a new interstate interchange with I-64.  Rieder Road will be closed from September 9, 2014 to May 15, 2017, weather permitting.

A marked Detour Route using US-50 and IL-158/Air Mobility Drive will be implemented the day of the closure.  The Department asks that motorists be patient, reduce speed, obey all warning signs, and use additional caution when traveling near and throughout this work zone.

The contractor on this project is The Kilian Corporation/Keeley and Sons Joint Venture from Mascoutah, Illinois.  If you have any questions concerning this project, contact Steve Putz, Supervising Field Engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation, at 618-346-3350.

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

8/27/2014 6:06 PM (Updated 10/15/2014 1:55 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   US-50 near Lebanon Reduced to One Lane

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that U.S. 50 over Little Silver Creek will be reduced to one lane 0.5 mile east of Lebanon beginning on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, weather permitting.  Two-way traffic will be maintained by temporary traffic signals.  This closure is required to perform bridge repairs. The overall project is estimated to be completed by the Spring of 2015.

The Department asks that motorists be patient, reduce speed, obey all warning signs, and use additional caution when traveling near and throughout this work zone.

The contractor on this project is Keeley & Sons, Inc. of East. St. Louis, Illinois.  Tom Borsch 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 618-346-3352.

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8/25/2014 3:55 PM (Updated 10/15/2014 1:34 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL-203 from Madison Avenue to I-270 in Granite City

The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that one lane in each direction will be closed on IL-203 from Madison Avenue to I-270 beginning Monday, March 2, 2015, weather permitting. The closure will be necessary to perform pavement patching, HMA surface removal and replacement and pavement marking.   This work is expected to be completed by June 30, 2015.  Motorists should consider alternate routes to avoid delays, watch for workers and use caution when travelling in the work zone.
 
The contractor on this project is Christ Brothers Asphalt of Lebanon, IL.  John Scheibal 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 618/346-3353.

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2/26/2015 11:29 AM (Updated 2/26/2015 11:29 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IL-4 over I-55 near Staunton

The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that the bridge carrying IL-4 over I-55 will be closed to all traffic beginning Monday, March 2, 2015, weather permitting. The closure will be necessary to remove and replace the bridge deck.  Detours will be in place to guide traffic around the closure.  The westbound detour will guide traffic onto northbound I-55 to New Douglas Road (exit 37), westbound on New Douglas Road and southbound on I-55 back to IL-4.  The eastbound detour will guide traffic onto southbound I-55 to IL-140 (exit 30), eastbound on IL-140 and northbound on I-55 back to IL-4.  This work is expected to be completed by the end of summer 2015.  Motorists should consider alternate routes to avoid delay.
 
The contractor on this project is Thiems Construction of Edwardsville, IL.  John Scheibal 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 618/346-3353.

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2/24/2015 9:32 AM (Updated 2/24/2015 9:32 AM)

Keep Us Alive Drive 45 logo   Keep Us Alive Drive 45

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

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

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

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Work Zone Safety

Click here for an Illinois Department of Transportation work zone safety message.

9/19/2005 12:00 AM (Updated 1/21/2015 10:29 AM)
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