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Illinois Tollway logo   I-39 Lane Closure Scheduled Next Week to Begin Installation of New Electronic Message Sign

One southbound lane on I-39 between the Harrison Avenue/U.S. Route 20 Interchange and the Union Pacific Railroad near Rockford is scheduled to close the week of April 27, to allow the Illinois Tollway to begin work to install a new over-the-road electronic message sign on northbound I-39 just south of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90).

Construction signage will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to the scheduled lane closure. Delays are expected.

Weather permitting, a half-mile lane closure is scheduled for April 27-30 in coordination with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to begin construction of a new dynamic message sign that will be installed over the northbound lanes of I-39, approaching the interchange with I-90. In addition, daily lane closures on northbound I-39 may be needed to complete the work.

Additional lane closures, including full roadway closures lasting 15 minutes each, will be scheduled in May to install the new dynamic message sign.

The new dynamic message sign on northbound I-39 will provide roadway condition messages to drivers entering the Illinois Tollway system on I-90, including travel times, accident information and safety messages.

In 2015, the Illinois Tollway is investing $2.5 million for installing and upgrading dynamic message signs at various locations on I-90, Illinois Route 390 and the Tri-State Tollway (I-94), as well as on I-39, I-57 and I-80, where the Tollway system connects to IDOT’s interstates. The new signs will include higher resolution, full-color, graphic-capable models, as well as smaller, four-color digital signs to more easily communicate with drivers. Installation of the new signs is part of the Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $12 billion Move Illinois Program.

4/23/2015 10:00 AM (Updated 4/23/2015 6:54 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   UPDATED: Demolition Stage on 63rd Street to Dan Ryan Expressway Lanes

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that lane closures along the Dan Ryan Expressway will be required for the demolition of beams on the 63rd Street Bridge beginning, weather permitting, the evening of Monday April 20.

In order to complete the work, lane closures may occur:

  • Monday (4/20/15) through Thursday (4/23/15) overnight from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Friday (4/24/15) overnight from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Saturday (4/25/15) overnight from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m.

On the local northbound and southbound lanes, there will also be 15 minute full local lane closures from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday through Friday, and 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Sunday.

On the express northbound and southbound lanes, there will be full express lane closures from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday through Friday, 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Friday, and 12 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Saturday.

This demolition stage is anticipated to be complete in early 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.

4/15/2015 3:43 PM (Updated 4/23/2015 6:53 PM)

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 4/18/2015 3:52 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Temporary, Overnight Lane Closures Begin for Bridge Work on Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) at Illinois Route 25

Lane closures planned for bridge beam installation and removal as part of the Illinois Route 25 Interchange Project

Temporary, overnight lane closures are scheduled to begin next week on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) for construction of the new Illinois Route 25 Bridges over I-90. The bridge and interchange remain open during construction and are part of the Illinois Route 25 Interchange Project in Elgin scheduled to be complete in 2016.

Weather permitting, overnight work is scheduled to begin the week of April 20, to install 12 bridge beams for the new Illinois Route 25 Bridge carrying southbound traffic over I-90. Beam installation is scheduled during overnight hours to minimize the impact on traffic. Overnight lane closures will also be scheduled the week of April 27, for bridge beam removal on the ramp bridge carrying westbound traffic to and from I-90. Electronic message signs will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to the overnight closures.

Overnight lane closures on I-90 are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. with a second lane closing at 10 p.m. for bridge beam installation throughout the week of April 20. Intermittent, full closures of the roadway, lasting no longer than 15 minutes, will be scheduled between midnight and 4:30 a.m. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. each day, ahead of the morning rush hour.

During the week of April 27, two nights of overnight lane closures on I-90 will be scheduled following the same schedule for beam removal on the ramp bridge, including intermittent, full closures of the roadway, lasting no longer than 15 minutes, between midnight and 4:30 a.m. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m., ahead of the morning rush hour.

Construction is being coordinated with Kane and Cook counties, the city of Elgin and the Illinois Department of Transportation, along with local municipalities and police and fire departments. Up to 9,000 vehicles use the existing interchange daily.

All Illinois Route 25 traffic is currently traveling on the northbound side of the bridge while construction of a new southbound side of the bridge is underway. All work is scheduled to be complete in 2016.

Construction information about the Illinois Route 25 Interchange Project is available in the “Projects by Roadway” section in the Construction/Planning section on the Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com.

Illinois Route 25 Interchange Project

The Illinois Route 25 Interchange Project is reconstructing the Illinois Route 25 Bridge over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), as well as the four ramps that make up the interchange, and includes improvements to Illinois Route 25 and construction of a Park & Ride facility by Pace. The project cost is estimated at $72 million with work scheduled to be complete in 2016.

The project will reconstruct the Illinois Route 25 Bridge and the ramp bridge carrying the westbound entrance and exit movements over I-90, rebuild the eastbound and westbound entrance and exit ramps and reconstruct the existing ramp toll plazas to provide one I-PASS Only or Pay Online lane and one automatic coin machine. The ramps will be reconstructed and realigned to accommodate the wider I-90 roadway and will improve traffic flow.

The Illinois Route 25 Interchange Project is funded by the Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. The Illinois Route 25 Bridge and ramps were constructed as part of the original Tollway system in the 1950s.

4/14/2015 2:38 PM (Updated 4/18/2015 3:52 PM)

Indiana Toll Road Logo   Lake Station WB Entry Ramp to Indiana Toll Rd to be Closed for Reconstruction

Beginning Monday, March 30, 2015, the westbound entry ramp at the Lake Station (Exit 21) interchange on the Indiana Toll Road will be closed for 13 weeks. The impacted ramp connects both directions of traffic from I-80/94 traveling to westbound Indiana Toll Road.

The closure is part of the ongoing Lake Station rehabilitation project that began in October 2013, and will rebuild three structures in the interchange: BHX-A, BHX-B and 5262B. This next phase of the project includes the replacement of Structure BHX-A (see attached map for clarification). The construction will fully close the westbound entry ramp from I-80/94 onto the ITR until approximately June 29, 2015, while the existing bridge is demolished and reconstructed. The detour route will be I-80/94 to I-65 North, and enter the ITR at Gary East (Exit 17).
 
The entire process is expected to be completed around fall 2015. Upon completion, the interchange will function as it did prior to the project. No permanent removal of any structure is planned.

Along with this new closure, the previous traffic restriction at Lake Station remains in effect as well (ramp closed to westbound Indiana Toll Road traffic exiting at MP 21 (to go either direction on I-94). This traffic is still diverted to Exit 17, Gary East. At Gary East, patrons are to take I-65 South and re-connect with I-94. Exit 17 remains a free exit, just as Exit 21).

Lake Station reconstruction summary:

(see attached map for locations)
 

  • Structure BHX-B: Removed in October 2013. BHX-B remains closed, with rebuilding set to begin in spring 2015 alongside the construction of BHX-A. Anticipated completion in fall 2015.
  • Structure 5262B: Reconstruction began in June 2014 and completed in November 2014.
  • Structure BHX-A: To be removed and rebuilt beginning March 2015. Anticipated completion in June 2015.
  • Indiana Toll Road entering/exiting eastbound traffic is not impacted.

How to get Indiana Toll Road E-ZPass

Indiana’s electronic toll-collection system was successfully implemented along the entire length of the Toll Road on April 1, 2008. E-ZPass transponders may be ordered through the ITRCC Web site, www.ezpassin.com. They are also available by calling our Customer Service Center at 1-888-496-6690 or by visiting the Center at our Granger office, 52551 Ash Road. In addition, you can purchase an E-ZPass for two-axle passenger vehicles and motorcycles at any ITR travel plaza or participating CVS/pharmacy store.

About the ITR

In operation since 1956, the Indiana Toll Road stretches 157 miles across the northernmost part of Indiana from Ohio to the Illinois state line. It links Chicago with the largest cities on the eastern seaboard, and it also serves as the primary connecting route to the Chicago Skyway, a main route to downtown Chicago. The Indiana Toll Road – managed by ITR Concession Co. LLC (ITRCC) – and its nearly 300 employees are proud to serve thousands of patrons every day. ITRCC operates a safe and efficient road while providing high-quality customer service. ITRCC is indirectly owned by Macquarie Infrastructure Partners (MIP), Macquarie Atlas Roads (MQA) and Cintra Concessiones (Cintra), which are among the world’s largest developers and managers of infrastructure projects.

 

3/17/2015 1:40 PM (Updated 4/18/2015 3:52 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Detour on Blodgett Road at I-55 for Bridge Work

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that work on the Blodgett Road over I-55 Bridge and Blodgett Road over Grant Creek Bridge near Channahon, will begin, weather permitting, Wednesday, March 18.

In order to complete the work of permanently removing the bridge over I-55 and reconstructing the bridge over Grant Creek, Blodgett Road will be closed between I-55 and Grant Creek until the project is completed at the end of September. A detour will be posted, directing Blodgett Road traffic south on I-55 to Lorenzo Road, west to Will Road, north to Blodgett Road, and to the reverse route.

In addition to the work on Blodgett Road over I-55, the bridge over Grant Creek will be reconstructed and new pavement realigning the west frontage road connection to Blodgett Road will be built. Later in the spring, nighttime lane closures will be required on I-55 for completion of the project. Full stops of traffic for up to 15 minutes between the hours of 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. will also be necessary to complete removal of the structure.

Motorists should allow extra time while the detour is in effect.  Drivers are urged to pay close attention to the signs for the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, and be on the alert for workers and equipment in the area.

3/11/2015 1:47 PM (Updated 4/18/2015 3:52 PM)

Michigan Department of Transportation logo   Blue Water Bridge construction

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 4/18/2015 3:52 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Extensive Bridge Reconstruction Work 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 171 will 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 4/18/2015 3:52 PM)
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