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Michigan Department of Transportation logo   I-94 BL (Columbia Avenue) bridge closed over I-94 in Battle Creek starting Friday

Fast Facts:

- The I-94 BL (Columbia Avenue) bridge at I-94 (Exit 92) will be closed through Labor Day for reconstruction.

- Eastbound I-94 traffic to northbound I-94 BL (Columbia Avenue) will be detoured to I-194/M-66 (Exit 98).

- There will be overnight I-94 closures at Exit 92 from 10 p.m. Friday, July 17, through 6 a.m. Monday, July 20.

- Bridge reconstruction is scheduled to be complete with lanes and ramps reopened to traffic by Monday, Sept. 7.

The next phase of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) project to reconstruct the I-94 Business Loop (BL) (Columbia Avenue) bridge over I-94 at Exit 92 is scheduled to start on Friday, July 17.

To accommodate bridge removal, I-94 will be closed nightly from 10 p.m. Friday through 8 a.m. Saturday, 9 p.m. Saturday through 10 a.m. Sunday, and 10 p.m. Sunday through 6 a.m. Monday. During those closures, traffic will be rerouted on the exit ramps around the bridge. A temporary ramp has been constructed from eastbound I-94 to Michigan Avenue.

The eastbound I-94 ramp to southbound Mercury Drive, and the westbound I-94 ramp to northbound I-94 BL (Columbia Avenue) will remain open for most of the project. However, two-week closures will be needed to reconstruct each ramp.

The southbound Columbia Avenue ramp to westbound I-94 will remain open throughout construction. The northbound Mercury Drive ramp to eastbound I-94 will be open for most of the project, with a two-week closure for reconstruction.

The eastbound I-94 ramp to northbound I-94 BL (Columbia Avenue) will be detoured to I-194/M-66 Exit 98. The westbound I-94 ramp to southbound Mercury Drive will be detoured to Michigan Avenue Exit 88.

Bridge reconstruction is scheduled to be complete with lanes and ramps reopened to traffic by Monday, Sept. 7 (weather permitting).

7/13/2015 11:19 AM (Updated 7/18/2015 8:47 AM)

Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   Eastbound I-94 in St. Paul closed starting July 31

Motorists will encounter delays and a detour on eastbound Interstate 94 in St. Paul this weekend. I-94 between Highway 280 and I-35E will close at 10 p.m. Friday, July 31.

All eastbound I-94 ramps between Highway 280 and I-35E also will  close at 9 p.m. Friday, July 31.

Motorists should follow the posted detour using I-35E, I-694, I-35W and Highway 280 to bypass the closure.

In addition, westbound I-94 the left lane will close between Lexington Avenue and Cretin Avenue beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, July 31.

All lanes and ramps, with the exception of westbound I-94 to Highway 51/Snelling Avenue, will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3.

The closure is necessary so crews can pour the south side of the Highway 51/Snelling Avenue bridge deck spanning I-94.

To view all current closures and detours or to sign up for email updates, visit the project website at mndot.gov/metro/projects/snellingfalconheights/

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit www.511mn.org.

7/27/2015 10:13 AM (Updated 7/29/2015 1:13 PM)

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

Metra and the Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that ongoing construction of Metra’s Englewood Flyover bridge will require overnight lane shifts and lane closures on the Dan Ryan Expressway (Interstate 90/94) starting July 18 through August 7.

The flyover is a new rail bridge over the Dan Ryan and over a set of Norfolk Southern freight tracks near 63rd Street that was built to eliminate conflicts between Metra trains on the Rock Island Line and freight and Amtrak trains on the NS tracks. It opened last fall.

Earlier this year, the old railroad bridge over the Dan Ryan was torn down to make room to widen the new bridge with an additional bay to provide for future expansion on the Rock Island Line. The lane shifts and closures are needed as Metra’s contractor erects steel girders onto concrete piers for the new bay.

The work will cover several phases. During each phase, the inbound changes will be in effect from midnight to 7 a.m. on the Saturday night into Sunday morning periods and midnight to 5 a.m. on all other nights. The outbound changes will be in effect from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. on the Saturday night into Sunday morning periods and 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. on all other nights.

July 18 to July 20:
        All inbound traffic will be reduced to one express lane between 71st and 63rd streets. The ramps from the Skyway to the Dan Ryan will be closed. Skyway traffic will be detoured to the State Street exit, then north on State Street to 55th Street and west on 55th Street to the Dan Ryan.

July 25 to July 31:
        All inbound and outbound express lanes will be closed. Traffic will use the local lanes.

August 1 to August 7:
        All outbound local lanes will be closed between 55th and 69th streets. Traffic will be shifted to the outbound express lanes. Entrances to the outbound Dan Ryan will be closed at 47th, 55th and 63rd streets. Traffic will be able to enter the outbound Dan Ryan at 43rd and 67th streets. Traffic to the Skyway from the express lanes will be maintained with periodic stops.

7/16/2015 1:21 PM (Updated 7/16/2015 6:23 PM)

Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   Lane closures on eastbound I-394 in Minneapolis and Golden Valley begin July 31

Motorists traveling on Interstate 394 between Golden Valley and Minneapolis will encounter slow moving traffic and lane closures as all eastbound traffic on I-394 between Highway 100 and I-94 is shifted onto the two HOV Reversible Lanes.

Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, July 31 construction crews will close the mainline lanes on eastbound I-394 between Highway 100 and I-94. During the closure, all eastbound I-394 traffic between Highway 100 and I-94 will shift to the two HOV/Reversible Lanes.

The mainline lanes of eastbound I-394 will remain closed for approximately two weeks. Motorists should expect significant delays during the morning and evening rush hours and plan accordingly.

Several ramps will also close:

  • Eastbound I-394 to Penn Avenue
  • Penn Avenue to eastbound I-394
  • Northbound Highway 100 to eastbound I-394

Southbound Highway 100 to eastbound I-394 will use the HOV ramp/lanes.

Construction crews will continue working on south Wayzata Boulevard between Penn Avenue and France Avenue. The boulevard will remain open for traffic, but motorists should plan for slow moving traffic and periodic traffic stops. 

Motorists are reminder that Lyndale Avenue over Dunwoody Boulevard/Hennepin Avenue will remain closed until the fall. Motorists are detoured to Dunwoody Boulevard to access westbound I-394 and to Hennepin Avenue, 11th Street and Linden Avenue to bypass the closure and continue traveling on Lyndale Avenue.

For more information about the project or to sign up to receive email projects updates, visit the project website at mndot.gov/metro/projects/i394minneapolis/

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5.1.1

7/28/2015 8:32 PM (Updated 7/29/2015 3:12 AM)

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 6/17/2015 1:23 PM)
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