The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that several lane closures on the expressway system surrounding the Jane Byrne Interchange in Chicago have been scheduled for four weekends starting Aug. 21.
The closures are necessary for the installation of steel beams that will support the deck of the new flyover bridge linking the inbound Dan Ryan Expressway (westbound Interstate 90/94) to the outbound Eisenhower Expressway (westbound Interstate 290). Construction started in 2014, with lane closures put into effect in March.
The bridge, part of the larger Jane Byrne Interchange overhaul, will consist of six steel beams stretching across 12 piers. During the weekend closures, the beams will be placed for the portion of the bridge that arches over the Dan Ryan, Kennedy and the Eisenhower expressways.
The weekends were selected after coordinating with the City of Chicago to minimize the impact to special events and festivals. The city will remain open for business and visitors should not change their plans. But the public is advised to anticipate longer travel times if they are driving in this area during the weekends the closures are scheduled, especially during the overnight hours. The use of public transportation is encouraged.
To allow for the installation of the beams the first two weekends, the inbound Kennedy Expressway (eastbound I-90/94) ramp to inbound Congress Parkway will close the evening of Aug. 19 until the morning of Aug. 31. A detour route will be posted utilizing the Roosevelt Road exit, Jefferson Street, Harrison Street and Wells Street to connect with Congress Parkway.
The remaining closures and the impacts to traffic:
Aug. 21-23 and Aug. 28-30
- Inbound Congress Parkway (eastbound I-290) at the Byrne Interchange will close at 10 p.m. both Fridays. Traffic can still access the I-90/94 exit ramps.
A detour will direct traffic to the outbound Dan Ryan’s Roosevelt Road exit, Jefferson Street, Harrison Street and Wells Street to connect with Congress Parkway.
- Outbound Eisenhower (I-290) at the Byrne Interchange will close by 5 a.m. both Saturdays. Traffic can still access the I-90/94 exit ramps.
A detour will direct traffic to Wells Street, Harrison Street, Jefferson Street, Van Buren Street and Ashland Avenue to connect with the Eisenhower. Lower Wacker Drive also will follow this same detour.
- Both directions of the Kennedy and Dan Ryan (I-90/94) between Ohio Street and 18th Street will be reduced to one lane at 8 p.m. Saturday, with all lanes closed for 15-minute intervals between 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday. All lanes will be reopened by 10 a.m. Sunday.
A recommended detour will direct traffic in both directions to the outbound Eisenhower’s Ashland Avenue exit and entrance ramps to access the Kennedy and Dan Ryan again from the inbound Eisenhower.
- All lanes on Congress Parkway will reopen and the previous traffic configuration restored by 5 a.m. Monday.
Sept. 25-27 and Oct. 16-18
- Outbound Eisenhower at the Byrne Interchange will close at 10 p.m. both Fridays. Traffic can still access the I-90/94 exit ramps.
A detour will direct traffic to Wells Street, Harrison Street, Jefferson Street, Van Buren Street and Ashland Avenue to connect with the Eisenhower.
- Inbound Kennedy (eastbound I-90/94) between Ohio Street and the Eisenhower will be reduced to one lane at 8 p.m. both Saturdays, with all lanes closed for 15-minute intervals between 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday. All inbound lanes will be reopened by 8 a.m. both Sundays.
A recommended detour will direct traffic to the outbound Eisenhower’s Ashland Avenue exit and entrance ramps to access the Dan Ryan from the inbound Eisenhower.
- All lanes on Congress Parkway will reopen and the previous traffic configuration restored by 5 a.m. Monday.
Dynamic Message Signs and traffic control aides with the city’s Office of Emergency Management & Communications will be throughout the area during these weekends to help maintain the flow of traffic.
Motorists merely traveling through the region and seeking to avoid the work zone are advised to use Interstate 80, Interstate 39, Interstate 294 (Tri-State Tollway), Interstate 355 (Veterans Memorial Tollway) and Lake Shore Drive.
All of the scheduled closures are weather dependent. They will be rescheduled for other weekends if the work cannot proceed due to unfavorable conditions.
The new flyover will replace an 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.
When it is complete next summer, 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 overall Jane Byrne Interchange project 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.
Please visit www.circleinterchange.org for detailed closure information, other ongoing impacts to traffic and background information about the project, including a streaming high-resolution view of the work zone.
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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. – Specialized crews working for Walsh Construction Company have been on site this week testing the solution for bridge pier settlement where I-65 northbound crosses Wildcat Creek.
Structural engineers with the Indiana Department of Transportation reviewed preliminary designs over the weekend, and continue to review new information from engineering subcontractors. Specialized geotechnical construction crews mobilized on site Sunday evening, and began installing a test micropile near the pier on Monday.
Walsh plans to install steel casings, grout and high-strength, small-diameter micropiles through the footers of the existing pier and deep into the soil. The process involves drilling steel casings through the water-tight soils, injecting grout to fill and densify the sandy soils below, and then installing the micropiles.
Test pile installation is expected to be completed today, then the grout must cure for three days. Crews will test how the micropile distributes load to the adjacent soils before finalizing the designs to repair the bridge.
Micropiles have been used effectively to stabilize other bridge piers around the country. Walsh estimates the repairs will be completed and I-65 northbound reopened between Lebanon and Lafayette by mid-September.
In addition, Walsh and Purdue University have installed a variety of sensors to ensure safety for traffic using the southbound bridge and monitor any movement on the northbound bridge.
INDOT awarded an $82.8 million design-build contract in January to Walsh Construction Company of Crown Point to widen and rehabilitate I-65 from State Road 38 to State Road 25 in Lafayette. Construction crews drove steel piles into nearby soils to widen the existing piers and sheet piling to work below the Wildcat Creek waterline.
The piles pierced the water-tight soils to a sandy layer with water under pressure. Sand and/or water percolated up from beneath the bridge pier, causing it to tilt. Structural engineers monitoring the riverbank pier noticed the pier settling and tilting, and ordered the bridge closed on Aug. 7 in the interests of safety.
I-65 northbound merges to one lane and is diverted onto U.S. 52 at Exit 141 north of Lebanon. The northbound lanes are closed to all traffic between U.S. 52 and State Road 25 (Exit 175). The I-65 southbound lanes remain open within the work zone, INDOT urges drivers to allow extra following distance and stay alert.
The detour over U.S. 52, State Road 28 and U.S. 231 maximizes use of four-lane roads and minimizes traffic signals. To improve traffic flow on the detour, INDOT:
- Activated temporary signals on Sunday at the State Road 28 intersections with U.S. 52 and U.S. 231 in Tippecanoe County,
- Removed the stop sign for U.S. 231 traffic on Tuesday at State Road 18 in White County,
- Installed signage and arrow boards to clearly mark the detour,
- Posted on dynamic message signs as far south as the Louisville metro area,
- Suspended construction where the detour rejoins I-65 in White County, and
- Continues to monitor traffic flow and adjust U.S. 231 signal timings.
The measures listed above have greatly improved traffic flow since the initial closure, and the detour now adds about 9 miles and 25 minutes to northbound I-65. INDOT thanks the motoring public for their continued patience.
While construction continues on many state highways in the area, INDOT has pulled back barrels and barricades to the greatest extent possible on three other routes that maximize four-lane highways:
- I-74 west to I-57 north in Illinois
- I-74 west to State Road 63 north to U.S. 41 north to U.S. 24 east
- Keystone Parkway north to U.S. 31 north to U.S. 35 north to U.S. 24 west
Daily round-trip rail service also is available between Indianapolis and Chicago with stops in Crawfordsville, Lafayette, Rensselaer and Dyer. Tickets are available at Amtrak.com, 800-USA-RAIL and other sales channels, including Amtrak mobile apps, and are subject to discounts and rewards programs.
There are several ways that drivers can stay updated on the closure:
The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that work will begin Monday, Aug. 31 on Interstates 57, 72 and 74 in the Champaign area for the purpose of setting permanent message signs. Work will be performed at five locations in a four day span. The schedule is as follows:
Location 1: I-57 southbound, two miles north of the Market Street interchange beginning Aug. 31 at 10 p.m. and ending Sept. 1 at 6 a.m.
Location 2: I-74 westbound, three miles west of the St. Joseph interchange beginning Sept. 1 at 10 p.m. ending Sept. 2 at 5:00 a.m.
Location 3: I-57 northbound, three miles south of the Monticello Road interchange beginning Sept. 2 at 10 p.m. and ending Sept. 3 at 6 a.m.
Location 4: I-72 eastbound, two miles east of the IL 47 interchange south of Mahomet beginning Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. and ending Sept. 4 at 6 a.m.
Location 5: I-74 eastbound, east of the IL 47 interchange in Mahomet beginning Sept. 3 at 10 p.m. and ending Sept. 4 at 6 a.m.
All locations will have complete road closures lasting no longer than 15 minutes each. Prior to the full closures, one lane of the interstate will be closed to aid in the full closure equipment setup.
Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.
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Update: Ramp from southbound Interstate 35E to eastbound Interstate 94/southbound Highway 52 closes Aug. 26
Ramp remains closed until early November
Motorists will experience delays and a detour on southbound Interstate 35E in St. Paul as the ramp to eastbound Interstate 94/southbound Highway 52 closes at 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26.
During the closure, southbound I-35E motorists will be detoured to eastbound Highway 36 (the ramp from southbound I-35E to eastbound Highway 36 will be reopened) and southbound I-694 to access eastbound I-94. To access southbound Highway 52, motorists will be directed to continue south on I-694 to southbound I-494 and then to Highway 52.
The ramp will remain closed until early November as construction crews widen the deck of the ramp. The new, widened ramp will have an additional lane, allowing for one dedicated lane from southbound I-35E to eastbound I-94 and one dedicated lane to southbound Highway 52.
The ramp closure, previously anticipated to begin Aug. 25, was delayed due to a delay in opening the southbound I-35E to eastbound Highway 36 ramp, which is part of the detour route. The ramp closure start date is weather permitting and may again be rescheduled in the case of poor weather conditions.
The work is part of the I-35E Cayuga project, which aims to reconstruct I-35E between University Avenue and Maryland Avenue, including replacement of the Cayuga Bridge, the Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge and the railroad bridges along I-35E. Read more about the Cayuga project by visiting
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