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Illinois Department of Transportation logo   I-80 at the Mississippi River

Rock Island, IL - The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that weather permitting, construction work on the I-80 bridge over the Mississippi River is scheduled to begin on Friday, March 27, 2015.

Illinois Department of Transportation workers will be removing and replacing expansion joints at two locations near the north end of the bridge. Since the expansion joints to be replaced extend across both lanes, it will be necessary to close the bridge to one direction of interstate travel to make the repairs.

To minimize the impact to traffic, work will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Friday evening and continue until completed, which is expected by the following Tuesday morning.

  • I-80 westbound (Illinois to Iowa) will be closed from 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27th until early Tuesday, March 31st.*** WB I-80 is open as of March 29, 8PM.
  • I-80 eastbound (Iowa to Illinois) will be closed from 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10th until early Tuesday, April 14th.
  • I-80 traffic will be detoured to I-280 during each of the two closures.

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3/17/2015 1:05 PM (Updated 3/30/2015 10:38 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Englewood Flyover bridge to require Dan Ryan closures

CHICAGO (March 31, 2015) – The construction of a major railroad bridge over the Dan Ryan Expressway will impact highway drivers during the next several months. Lane shifts and width restrictions will be in place between 63rd St and 71St St on inbound and outbound local and express lanes. Additionally, the left ramp lane access to the Skyway from the outbound Dan Ryan local lanes will be closed and the left ramp lane from the Skyway to the inbound Dan Ryan Express lanes will be closed.


The changes are needed as Metra’s contractor will be removing existing concrete piers and constructing new concrete piers for the Englewood Flyover. The flyover is a rail bridge over the Dan Ryan and over a set of Norfolk Southern freight tracks that has eliminated conflicts between Metra trains on the Rock Island Line and freight and Amtrak trains on the NS tracks. The current phase is to provide future capacity on the Rock Island District line.
The work will be installed in several different phases alternating between the local and express lanes; filling rumble strips, restriping and setting temporary barrier wall. During each phase, the periodic partial closures will be in effect from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m.


 March 31 to April 10

  • Preparation work will result in some shifting of lanes on the outbound local and express lanes between 63rd and 69th streets. The ramp to the Skyway will be a single lane beginning March 31st.
  • Preparation work will result in some shifting of lanes on the inbound local and express lanes between 71st and 63rd Streets. The ramp from the Skyway to the Dan Ryan express will be closed beginning April 8th.
  • The lane shift and width restrictions will be in place through Labor Day (Sept. 7) this year.

The bridge is part of the federally funded CREATE program, an initiative to ease rail congestion in the Chicago region through the construction of new rail-to-rail and rail-to-highway grade separations. When the project is completed, the Englewood Flyover will carry the Metra Rock Island tracks over the Englewood interlocker and tracks used by Amtrak and freight trains at 63rd and State.


Currently, 78 Metra Rock Island trains and approximately 60 freight and Amtrak trains pass through the Englewood interlocker each weekday. Separating these tracks will eliminate conflicts between Metra, Amtrak and freight trains decreasing delays and improving air quality by cutting residents’ exposure to emissions from idling trains.
 

4/1/2015 4:34 AM (Updated 4/1/2015 4:34 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   I-64 in St. Clair County between MM 16-21

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced daily and nightly lane restrictions along both eastbound and westbound I-64 between mile markers 16 and 21 beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2015, weather permitting.  Lane closures will be utilized to add additional lanes to I-64 and construct a new interchange at Rieder Road.  All westbound lanes, west of IL 158, will remain open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and all westbound lanes, east of IL 158, will remain open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  All eastbound lanes, west of IL 158, will remain open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and all eastbound lanes, east of IL 158, will remain open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  This work is estimated to be completed June, 2017.
 
Delays should be expected so plan accordingly. 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. Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.

3/31/2015 5:20 PM (Updated 3/31/2015 5:22 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Eastbound I-55/70 between IL-157 and IL-159 in Collinsville

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces intermittent lane closures on I-55/70 Eastbound between IL 157 and IL 159 beginning Wednesday, April 1 with the work being completed by Friday, April 17, weather permitting. The work will be done between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The work is necessary to place riprap to correct various erosion problems. This work will be completed by Illinois Department of Transportation employees.

Normal delays are expected. Motorists are encouraged to develop and utilize alternate routes during this period. Traffic control devices will be utilized to assist motorists during these lane closures.

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.

3/31/2015 5:18 PM (Updated 3/31/2015 5:18 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Poplar Street Bridge Complex

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced lane closures will be implemented on the Poplar Street Bridge complex Wednesday, April 1, 2015. These restrictions will be placed in Illinois for eastbound travelers near the Illinois Route 3 south exit ramp. The left lane of the I-55\70\64 collector-distributor will be closed eastbound at its split from the Interstate mainline in East St. Louis. This lane closure will be in place between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

The lane restriction is necessary to perform pavement patching and bridge joint repairs. The Department's District 8 Bridge Unit and Bowman Operations forces will make the improvements.

Traffic control devices will be deployed to guide traffic safely through the work zone. Travelers are advised to consider alternate routes or allow additional time. Those motorists that must use this path are urged to be patient, reduce speed and exercise added caution near and through the work area. All lanes will be available for evening rush.

3/31/2015 5:17 PM (Updated 3/31/2015 5:21 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Portion of Eastbound Frontage Road at Irving Park Road Scheduled to Close

Temporary closure for pavement reconstruction required as part of the IL-390 Project

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – A portion of the eastbound IL-390 frontage road in Schaumburg is scheduled to close for two months beginning the week of April 6 for pavement reconstruction as part of the IL-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, the eastbound IL-390 frontage road between Irving Park Road and Rodenburg Road is scheduled to close on April 6 for construction. A signed detour will be put in place directing traffic to use Irving Park Road and Rodenburg Road to access the eastbound frontage road.



The ramp carrying traffic from the eastbound frontage road to eastbound IL-390 will remain open during construction. Traffic traveling on the eastbound frontage road and eastbound Irving Park Road will have continued access to the ramp. Westbound Irving Park Road traffic, however, will not be able access the ramp. Westbound Irving Park Road traffic can access eastbound IL-390 by following the detour to Rodenburg Road and using the eastbound frontage road to access IL-390 near Wright Boulevard.

The closure is needed to complete work on the newly reconstructed ramp carrying traffic from Irving Park and the frontage road to eastbound IL-390. Work also includes storm sewer and roadway lighting improvements.

The Illinois Tollway is coordinating the ramp and roadway construction with the village of Schaumburg and Illinois Department of Transportation.

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

3/31/2015 11:39 AM (Updated 3/31/2015 11:39 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   I-270 in Granite City

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces 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.
 
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.
 
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3/31/2015 11:31 AM (Updated 3/31/2015 11:31 AM)

Indiana Department of Transportation  logo   Heavy Traffic Alert in Indiana this Weekend (April 3-5)

INDOT alerts travelers to expect heavy traffic this weekend in Indiana due to  Final Four/ Spring Break / Easter Traffic traveling into Indianapolis. 

  • Three of the 4 Final Four Teams that will be from schools within a 5 hour drive to Indianapolis.  There will be a large amount of traffic on the regional Interstate Systems.
  • Construction Areas affecting Traffic to and from Indianapolis:
    • I-65 in the Northern Part of the State between Lafayette and Gary Indiana
    • I-65 in the Southern Part of the State between the Indiana State Line and Seymour
  • Indiana is encouraging the following alternate routes to Indianapolis
    • From Kentucky I-75 to I-275 to I-74 to Indianapolis
    • From Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan
      • Follow Interstate 39 from Wisconsin to I-74 then East to Indianapolis  OR
      • [Follow I-94/I-294 to I-57 then East to Indianapolis]

 

3/31/2015 10:05 AM (Updated 3/31/2015 2:15 PM)

   New Flashing Yellow Arrow Signals, US-30 and US-6

LAKE COUNTY/PORTER COUNTY – The Indiana Department of Transportation announces traffic signal improvements to several intersections along US-30 and US-6 in both Lake and Porter counties. Crews will begin signal modernization installments on Monday, March 30th at the intersection of US-30 and Fountain Park Drive in Schererville, Indiana. Ten additional signals will be upgraded over the coming weeks along the US-30 and US-6 corridors.

The most notable change to these new traffic signals will be the addition of a flashing yellow arrow. Flashing yellow arrow signals allow left-turning traffic to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic and pedestrians and turn when a suitable gap is available. This type of signal improves intersection efficiency by using cross-traffic gaps to allow more left turns.