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Chicago Department of Transportation logo   CTA Blue Line Closures: Full Closure Armitage Avenue (7/25 - 7/28)

City of Chicago, Department of Transportation - Armitage Avenue will be closed at the elevated Blue Line tracks, just west of Milwaukee Avenue, as part of the Blue Line reconstruction project this weekend. The continuous closure will start at 9:00 PM, Friday, 7/25 and end no later than 4:00 AM, Monday, 7/28.

Traffic will be detoured to North Avenue via California and Western Avenues. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. For more informaiton.
 

7/22/2014 9:48 PM (Updated 7/23/2014 11:57 PM)

Chicago Department of Transportation logo   CTA Cermak Green Line Station Construction: Full Closure Cermak Road

City of Chicago, Department of Transportation - Full Closure of Cermak Road between State and Wabash for CTA Cermak Green Line Station Construction.

  • Saturday, 7/26: 9:00 PM - 6:00 AM
  • Monday, 7/28 - Friday, 8/1: 9:00 PM - 6:00 AM (nightly closures)
  • Saturday, 8/9: 6:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Traffic will be detoured to 18th Street via State Street and Michigan Avenue. More information.

7/22/2014 10:19 PM (Updated 7/24/2014 12:01 AM)

Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   Westbound I-94 in Minneapolis closing overnight July 29-30

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Motorists traveling westbound on Interstate 94 in downtown Minneapolis will encounter a detour near the Lowry Hill Tunnel overnight July 29 and July 30.

Westbound I-94 will close at the Lyndale Avenue/Hennepin Avenue exit both nights from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.

Motorists will be detoured back to westbound I-94 via northbound Lyndale Avenue. Detour signs will be posted.

The closures are needed as crews begin a resurfacing project on westbound I-94 between Lasalle Avenue and the Lowry Hill Tunnel’s south entrance. Additional work includes installing new traffic management system signs.
Work is scheduled for completion in mid-August, weather permitting.

The project features pavement resurfacing. Performing periodic pavement repairs at the appropriate times can greatly increase a road’s lifespan before costly reconstruction is needed. MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.


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

7/24/2014 1:49 PM (Updated 7/24/2014 1:49 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Reversible Lanes on I-90/94 to Close for Construction of Bridge Piers July 26th

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that weather permitting, the Kennedy reversible lanes will be closed Saturday, July 26th from 5 a.m. until 2 p.m.  

This closure is due to ongoing work on the Ohio Street Bridge.

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

Find details on other construction projects in IDOT’s District 1 at www.dot.state.il.us. Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at www.travelmidwest.com.

7/23/2014 5:27 PM (Updated 7/23/2014 5:27 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   I-55 NB & SB Exit Ramps to US 30 in Joliet Widening Project Begins August 4

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that weather permitting, work on the northbound and southbound I-55 exit ramps at US Route 30 in Joliet, will begin Monday, August 4, 2014.

The work will require both I-55 exit ramps to be reduced in width. The closures are necessary to complete widening of embankment and installation of an additional left turn lane on the northbound ramp and an additional right turn lane on the southbound ramp. The anticipated completion date for this project is December 15, 2014.

New traffic signals will be installed on US-30 at both the northbound and southbound ramps. A traffic signal interconnect system will also be installed along US-30 connecting the intersections of Hennipin Drive, Voyager Lane, Mall Loop Drive, northbound ramps, southbound ramps and the West Frontage Road.

Motorists can expect delays in advance of these exit ramps.  Drivers are urged to use caution in work zones, obey the posted speed limits, and be on the alert for workers and equipment.

7/16/2014 4:09 PM (Updated 7/18/2014 7:55 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Roadway Rehabilitation on Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88)

Overnight lane closures planned to minimize impact to traffic between Aurora and Naperville

Roadway rehabilitation is scheduled to begin next week on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) between the Aurora Toll Plaza and Illinois Route 59 to keep the roadway in good repair. Work includes grinding off a thin layer of concrete pavement in both directions and removing and replacing pavement markings. The project is scheduled to be complete this summer. 

Rehabilitation work requiring lane closures will be done during overnight hours to minimize the impact to traffic. Lane reductions will be removed by 5 a.m. daily in advance of the morning rush hour. Up to 101,400 vehicles a day use this stretch of I-88. 

During the week of May 19, removal of pavement markings will begin in the eastbound lanes. Pavement grinding work is expected to begin in late May, and once completed, new pavement markings will be placed. The same repair work is scheduled to begin in the westbound lanes in June.

The project will provide customers a smoother surface, improving the overall driving experience. The I-88 roadway repairs are part of the 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.

5/14/2014 5:09 PM (Updated 7/18/2014 7:55 AM)

Indiana Toll Road Logo   Lake Station Interchange to be Restricted for Reconstruction

Beginning Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, extended restrictions will be in place at the Lake Station Exit (Milepost 21) on the Indiana Toll Road.

The project begins with the closure of the westbound exit ramp (from ITR to I-94), and marks the beginning of ITR Concession Co.’s extensive reconstruction of the Lake Station ramp structures. It will include repairing or replacing various elements of three structures within the exit: BHX-A, BHX-B and Structure 5262 (see attached map for clarification). Each will be removed and rebuilt with the same configurations and footprints of the existing structures. Upon completion, the interchange will function as it did prior to the project. No permanent removal of any structure is planned.

The closure of the MP 21 westbound exit ramp (BHX-B) will begin on Monday, Oct. 28, and will last approximately 1.5 years. The entire existing bridge deck and superstructure, along with the concrete pier caps, will be removed. After BHX-B is removed, BHX-A (located beneath BHX-B) will be removed and rebuilt. Concurrently, Str. 5262 will be rebuilt (it is anticipated that one lane will remain open on Str. 5262 during construction). After BHX-A is removed and rebuilt, BHX-B will then be rebuilt. 

Beginning Oct. 28, westbound traffic seeking to exit at MP 21 will be 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.

“ITRCC is pleased to announce the necessary improvements being made to the Lake Station Exit,” said Fernando Redondo, ITRCC CEO. “The rebuilding of these structures will undoubtedly make for smoother travel for patrons.

“We ask that drivers please be patient during this closure, as we believe the end product will be well worth the wait,” he said.

Construction on BHX-A and Str. 5262 are tentatively scheduled to begin in February 2014; notices will be sent at that time. The entire process is expected to be completed in April 2015.  News Release.

5/15/2014 1:26 PM (Updated 7/18/2014 7:55 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Completion Date for Morgan Street Bridge Extended to Fall 2014

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that the ongoing work on the Morgan Street Bridge over I-290 has been extended to early September 2014.  

The work, initially scheduled for completion April 30, 2014, is part of the ongoing Circle Interchange Project.  The work will continue to require nightly lane closures on EB and WB I-290 at the Morgan Street Bridge.  Traffic on I-290 will be reduced at times during off-peak hours.  Heavy equipment will be required during the demolition, resulting in substantial amount of noise during the evening construction.

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

4/24/2014 6:41 PM (Updated 7/18/2014 7:55 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Long-term Closures on NB & SB I-55 at Des Plaines River Bridge near Channahon until Sept

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that weather permitting, a long-term closure of one lane of northbound I-55 at the Des Plaines River Bridge near the village of Channahon, began on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.  One southbound lane of I-55 was closed in early April and remains closed.

Lane closures are necessary to complete structural steel repairs, painting, bridge deck patching and deck resurfacing on the northbound structure this year.  Traffic will be routed utilizing the cross-overs late the week of April 28, 2014. The southbound structure will then carry traffic across the Des Plaines River.  The anticipated completion date for this project is September 1, 2014. 

Each lane northbound and southbound will be reduced to 13' - 10".  A series of warning signs will be erected in advance of the lane closure and in advance of the last interchange.   Warning signs will be at entrance ramps from IL 113, IL 129, Lorenzo Road, River Road, Arsenal Road, Bluff Road, US 6 and I-80.

The Smart Traffic Monitoring (STM) System will be used this year. System sensors, eleven portable changeable message signs and cameras will monitor traffic to give real-time updates of travel times and stopped conditions throughout the work zone. As traffic builds, the signs will change with appropriate messages for motorists. Some changeable signs will be placed in advance of the alternate route designated for this project. An alternate route using I-80 and IL 47 to bypass the I-55 construction zone has been posted.

Illinois State Police will have extra troopers in the area monitoring and enforcing the posted work zone speed limit and the hand-held cell phone ban.  The new law bans hand-held cellphone use except in an emergency and allows only for speakerphones and headsets that feature voice-activated or one-digit dialing. The new law, which took effect January 1, 2014, also imposes fines starting at $75 for drivers caught using a hand-held cellphone while driving.  Violators could pay $150 for repeat offenses and eventually have their driver’s licenses suspended.      

Motorists can expect delays during times when the lane closures are in effect and should allow extra time for trips through this area.  Drivers are urged to pay close attention to the 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 www.dot.state.il.us. Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at www.travelmidwest.com.

4/4/2014 4:01 PM (Updated 7/18/2014 7:55 AM)

Michigan Department of Transportation logo   I-96 closed in Wayne County until October

I-96:

The eastbound and westbound I-96 service drives (Schoolcraft Road) have only the right lane open between Telegraph and Newburgh roads until October.

  The following ramps will be closed until October:

  • Outer Drive to westbound I-96;
  • Greenfield Road to westbound I-96;
  • Evergreen Road to westbound I-96; and 
  • Northbound and southbound M-39 (Southfield Freeway) ramps to westbound I-96.

On westbound I-96, all express lanes will be forced onto M-39. Local lanes will be forced off onto Telegraph Road. The westbound I-96 local lanes will NOT be able to access M-39.

Eastbound M-14 traffic will be forced off onto I-275.

The northbound and southbound I-275 ramps to eastbound I-96 will be reduced to one lane, with all eastbound traffic forced off at Newburgh Road.

For more information on this $148 million investment, go to the project website at www.96fix.com. Follow project updates on www.facebook.com/96fix and www.twitter.com/96fix.

4/2/2014 11:49 AM (Updated 7/18/2014 7:55 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   I-94 (Bishop Ford Expressway) Ramp to 103rd Street & Stony Island Closed for Interchange Reconstruction until October

The work is part of the on-going I-94 (Bishop Ford Expressway) at Stony Island Feeder Interchange reconstruction project. Improvements include two complete bridge replacements, two bridge rehabilitations including bridge deck overlay and deck joint removal and replacement, one new bridge deck and bearing replacement and one bridge removal.  The construction will include demolishing the existing concrete decks, new parapet walls and new bearings on the bridges.  The project also includes the reconstruction of the Stony Island Extension, which includes new jointed pavement, resurfacing and drainage improvements.

The project contains work on multiple interchange ramps and various electrical improvements.  There will be work during night time hours for the beam erection and bridge replacements.  The anticipated completion date for this project is October 31, 2014.

The following detour will be posted:

  • From eastbound I-94 (Bishop Ford) to Exit Ramp 66A – 111th Street.  Traffic will make a left turn on 111th Street and do a complete turn-around and enter the westbound I-94 (Bishop Ford) lanes.  Traffic will travel westbound on I-94 to Exit 65 – 103rd Street and Stony Island Avenue.  Traffic will travel towards the 103rd Street exit ramp.

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

4/4/2014 4:30 PM (Updated 7/18/2014 7:55 AM)
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