Illinois Tollway marking major milestone toward completion of new $500 million double structure bridge
DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway is preparing to open the new southbound Mile Long Bridge to traffic next week, completing the second phase of the $500 million construction project to deliver the new twin-structure bridge as part of the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project.
“The reopening of the Mile Long Bridge is a testament to the hard work of the people who made the timely completion of this project a reality,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Replacing outdated bridges throughout the state is a cornerstone of my administration’s infrastructure revitalization goal and I could not be more proud to see this portion of the Move Illinois program come to fruition.”
The Tollway will begin work to open the new bridge to southbound traffic with traffic impacts beginning as early as the evening of Tuesday, October 11, and anticipated four lanes of open on the new bridge before the evening commute on Wednesday, October 12, weather permitting.
"Opening the new southbound Mile Long Bridge structure to traffic is a significant milestone in our work to rebuild and widen the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) between 95th Street and Balmoral Avenue, and is due thanks to the hard work of our contractors, engineers and material providers," said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Cassaundra Rouse. "Replacing bridges, including the Mile Long Bridge structures, throughout the 22-mile corridor will allow us to deliver the new and improved roadway on schedule to our customers."
Overnight lane closures will be scheduled on southbound I-294 between I-55 and LaGrange Road with a single lane closure beginning at 7 p.m., followed by a second lane closure at 8 p.m. and a third lane closure at 10 p.m. In addition, traffic shifts will begin at 7 p.m. on the ramp connecting 75th Street to southbound I-294, with full stops scheduled between 12 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.
At 5 a.m., Wednesday, October 12, ramp traffic will be restored and the reopening of I-294 traffic lanes will begin and continue throughout the morning with all lanes open and southbound traffic traveling in four lanes on the new bridge by 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12.
The Mile Long Bridge Project includes replacement of two side-by-side structures – one to carry northbound traffic and the other to carry southbound traffic – to replace the original bridge built in 1958.
Work to remove the old northbound structure and construct the new southbound Mile Long Bridge began in spring 2021. Construction of the new northbound bridge structure began in summer 2019 and was completed in fall 2020. The entire Mile Long Bridge Project, including the third phase - removal of the old southbound bridge structure, is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2023.
The Mile Long Bridge carries traffic over two major railroads, the Des Plaines River, the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal and the Illinois & Michigan Canal and local roads, and over several major distribution centers. Currently, up to 150,000 vehicles travel across the Mile Long Bridge daily.
The construction project includes building two, new side-by-side 4,800-foot-long bridge structures designed to last 100 years and increasing capacity to five lanes in each direction. The inside shoulders in both directions will be built to serve as Flex Lanes for transit, for emergency vehicles and as an alternate lane when warranted.
Facts about the new southbound Mile Long Bridge:
· The bridge features 27 spans supported by 26 piers, compared to the existing structure with 53 piers, reducing the impact on waterways, roadway and rail operations below.
The bridge deck is supported by 250 precast concrete beams and 52 steel beams. Steel beams, measure up to 10 feet tall and range in length from 39 feet to 234 feet long were transported from Indiana and concrete beams measure up to 7.5 feet tall and are up to 187 feet long, were transported from Wisconsin.
Nearly 34,000 cubic yards of concrete were used for the new bridge – an amount equal to more than 3,700 fully-loaded concrete-mixing trucks. The bridge deck includes nearly 7 million pounds of steel rebar.
Additional construction information about the Mile Long Bridge Project is available in the Projects section on the Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com.
The Illinois Tollway is coordinating work on the Mile Long Bridge Project with the Village of Hodgkins, Village of Countryside, Village of Willow Springs, Village of Justice, Cook County, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Coast Guard, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), IDNR Office of Water Resources and the Illinois Nature Preserve Commission, as well as numerous businesses located near the Mile Long Bridge.
Work Zone Safety
Construction zone speed limits are in effect in all construction zones 24/7 and drivers should continue to watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution, especially when workers are present. On I-294, a 45-mph work zone speed limit is in effect throughout the construction season.
The Illinois Tollway reminds motorists that the “Move Over Law” requires motorists to change lanes or to slow down and proceed with caution when passing any vehicle on the side of the road with hazard lights activated. If you see flashing lights ahead, please move over or slow down.
Illinois State Police have zero tolerance for drivers speeding in work zones or failure to comply with the Move Over Law. The minimum penalty for speeding in a work zone is $250 and can include up to a $25,000 fine and a 14-year jail sentence for hitting a roadway worker. Penalties for failure to slow down or move over for a vehicle on the shoulder with flashing lights includes up to a $10,000 fine, 2-year suspension of driving privileges and jail time, in extreme cases.
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that Mossville Road over Illinois 6 just north of Peoria will close Oct. 10.
The closure is part of a project to rehabilitate the bridge and will last until mid-December. A detour will be posted.
Four weeks of nightly lane closures including full stops needed to safely accommodate ramp bridge removal
DOWNERS GROVE, IL – Overnight lane closures are scheduled to begin tonight, Wednesday, October 5, and continue over the next four weeks on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), including intermittent full closures, for I-55 ramp bridge removal as part of the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project.
Electronic message and construction signage will be put in place in advance to alert drivers on I-294 to the construction work zones and closures. The closures will be scheduled during overnight hours to reduce the impact on traffic and to provide a safe work zone for construction. Up-to-date information regarding lane closures will be available in the Illinois Tollway’s Daily Construction Alerts. All work is weather dependent.
During overnight hours I-294 traffic between Joliet Road and Plainfield Road will be reduced to a single lane, with lane closures beginning 11 p.m. and continuing until 5 a.m. the following morning. Intermittent, full 15-minute closures will be scheduled as needed.
The nightly closures will be scheduled in both directions, as needed, throughout October, with the exception of Fridays. Some off peak, daytime closures may be needed to complete the work.
The closures are needed for the removal of the old ramp carrying traffic from I-55 over I-294 and onto northbound I-294. Traffic was moved on to a newly constructed ramp in September.
In 2022, the Tollway’s work at the I-55 Interchange will continue the rebuilding and widening of I-294 between 75th Street and I-55. As part of this work, the ramp connecting I-55 to northbound I-294 will be reconstructed, along with the northbound I-294 bridges over I-55, Wolf Road, Joliet Road and Flagg Creek. Additional work includes the reconstruction of the Plainfield Road Bridge over I-294 and the northbound ramp to the Hinsdale Oasis. Construction in this area is scheduled to be complete in 2025.
Construction in this area is being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways, Village of Burr Ridge, Village of Countryside and Village of Indian Head Park, as well as local fire and police departments.
Construction updates, project information, maps and detour information for work that is part of the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project are available in the Projects section on the Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com.
The Illinois Tollway reconstruction of ramps and bridges in the I-55 Interchange area are necessary to accommodate the rebuilding and widening of I-294, as well as to reduce congestion, improve safety and address operational issues as well as infrastructure conditions.
The $4 billion Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project is reconstructing and widening the roadway between Balmoral Avenue and 95th Street to provide congestion relief, update old infrastructure to meet current and future transportation demand and address regional needs. This work is part of the Tollway’s 15-year, $14 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. More than 220,000 vehicles use the Central Tri-State Tollway daily.
WENONA – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that cleaning and painting of the Illinois 251 bridge over Sandy Creek in Marshall County, between Wenona and Illinois 18, begins Oct. 6.
The work will reduce the bridge to one lane, with traffic controlled by temporary signals, for about a month.
Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes should be considered. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.
Over the next six years, IDOT is planning to improve more than 2,500 miles of highway and nearly 10 million square feet of bridge deck as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program, which is investing $33.2 billion into all modes of transportation. Accomplishments through Year Three of Rebuild Illinois included approximately $8.6 billion of improvements statewide on 4,422 miles of highway, 412 bridges, and 621 additional safety improvements.
A detour directing motorist to Illinois 161 via Illinois 127 or US 50 will be posted. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to construction signage and watch for changing conditions, obey the posted speed limits, and refrain from using mobile devices.
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that a project to upgrade the traffic signals at the intersection of Western Avenue and 139th Street, in Posen, Dixmoor and Blue Island, will require daytime intermittent lane closures beginning, weather permitting, Monday, Oct. 17.
Major travel delays are anticipated – alternative routes are strongly encouraged
For more information on IDOT projects, click here. For IDOT District 4 updates, follow us on Twitter at @IDOTDistrict4 or view area construction details on IDOT’s traveler information map on GettingAroundIllinois.com and www.gettingaroundpeoria.com.
LAKE COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation announce the closure of State Road 2 west of Lowell.
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that a resurfacing of Brainard Avenue, from Muskegon Avenue, in Chicago, to State Line Road, in Burnham, will require daytime intermittent lane closures beginning, weather permitting, Tuesday, Oct. 11.
The $3.4 million project, which consists of resurfacing the 2.2-mile stretch of Brainard Avenue, constructing new ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps and installing milled rumble strips, is expected to be completed in summer 2023. Access to residences and businesses within the work zone will be maintained throughout construction.
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that a crack and joint sealing of Illinois 1 (Halsted Street/Chicago Road) from Strieff Lane in Glenwood to Scrementi Lane in Steger, passing through, Homewood, Chicago Heights and South Chicago Heights, will require daily, intermittent lane closures beginning, weather permitting, Monday, Oct. 3.
PEORIA – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that Mossville Road over Illinois 6 just north of Peoria will close Oct. 10.
- I-80 westbound to I-39 southbound. A posted detour will direct traffic using westbound I-80 to the Illinois 251 interchange (exit 75) to I-80 eastbound to southbound I-39.
- I-80 eastbound to I-39 northbound. A posted detour will direct traffic using eastbound I-80 to the Illinois 178 interchange (exit 81) to westbound I-80 to northbound I-39.
- I-39 southbound to I-80 eastbound. A posted detour will direct traffic using southbound I-39 to westbound I-80 to the Illinois 251 interchange (exit 75) to eastbound I-80.
- I-39 northbound to I-80 westbound. A posted detour will direct traffic using northbound I-39 to eastbound I-80 to the Illinois 178 interchange (exit 81) to westbound I-80.
LAKE COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation announces the upcoming temporary closure of two I-65 off-ramps for concrete restoration.
Ramp 253A, NB I-65 to U.S. 30, is scheduled to close at 8 p.m. on October 7 and reopen by 6 a.m. on October 10.
Ramp 255A, NB I-65 to 61st Avenue, is scheduled to close at 8 p.m. on October 14 and reopen by 6 a.m. on October 17. In the event crews need to complete more work on this ramp it will again close at 8 p.m. on October 21 and reopen by 6 a.m. on October 24.
All work is weather-dependent and schedules are subject to change.
During the ramp closures, drivers needing to exit northbound I-65 to access U.S. 30 or 61st Avenue will need to seek an alternate route.
INDOT encourages drivers to consider worker safety by slowing down, using extra caution and driving distraction free when travelling in and around all work zones.
EAST PEORIA – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that repairs to the Cole Street bridge over Interstate 474 in East Peoria begin Sept. 30.
The work will reduce the bridge to one lane, with traffic controlled by temporary signals, for two to three weeks.
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that starting this week, repairs to the bridge carrying Peterson Avenue (U.S. 14) over the Edens Expressway (Interstate 94), in Chicago, will require lane closures.
Temporary repairs of the outbound Dan Ryan Expressway (Interstate 90/94) ramp, to the outbound Stevenson Expressway (Interstate 55) is scheduled to begin, weather permitting, Monday, Oct. 3. The repairs will allow one (left lane) of the ramp’s two lanes to reopen to traffic. This work is anticipated to be completed by Sunday, Oct. 9.
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today an emergency closure of the outbound Dan Ryan Expressway (interstate 90/94) ramp to the outbound Stevenson Expressway (Interstate 55) as a result of fire damage earlier this morning.
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that weather permitting, construction on southbound Interstate 39 in Ogle County will begin Monday, Oct. 3. The work zone is south of the Illinois 64 interchange (exit 104).
COLOMA, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will invest $484,000 to repair concrete on 2 miles of M-63 from Higman Park Road to Enterprise Way in Benton Township, Berrien County. Work includes full-depth concrete pavement repairs, concrete curb and gutter repairs, and pavement markings.
Closest cities: Benton Harbor and St. Joseph
Start date: Monday, Oct. 3, 2022
Estimated end date: Friday, Oct. 28, 2022
Traffic restrictions: Drivers should expect lane closures on M-63.
Safety benefit: This work will improve the driving surface of the road, improve safety, and extend the life of the roadway.
The northbound Interstate 57 ramp to westbound Interstate 80 is scheduled to be closed over three consecutive weekends to accommodate ramp patching and resurfacing beginning, weather permitting, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3.
During that time, a posted detour will direct traffic to continue north on I-57, exit at 167th Street (westbound) and re-enter southbound I-57 to access I-80.
To complete the work, additional weekend ramp closures are scheduled to take place, from 7 p.m. Fridays to 5 a.m. Mondays, for two additional consecutive weekends, weather permitting.
LAPORTE COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation announces alternating lane closures on State Road 2 west of LaPorte.
Long-term local road lane closures, traffic shift needed to complete work
DOWNERS GROVE, IL — Work on the Ogden Avenue Interchange Project continues with a traffic shift scheduled next week on Ogden Avenue to accommodate construction on the eastbound side of the local road bridge carrying traffic over the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294).
Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place to alert drivers to lane closures, traffic patterns and work zone speed limits. Traffic shifts are needed to create a work zone for bridge deck and joint repairs, as well as pavement work while safely accommodating traffic. Up-to-date information regarding closures will be available in the Illinois Tollway’s Daily Construction Alert. All work is weather dependent.
Beginning the week of September 26, all traffic on Ogden Avenue between County Line Road and Grove Avenue is scheduled to shift onto the westbound side of the road. Currently, all traffic is shifted onto the eastbound side of the road. Traffic is scheduled to remain in this configuration through October.
Once this work is complete, the ramp connecting westbound Ogden Avenue to northbound I-294 will be scheduled to close for reconstruction work. A detour will be posted until the end of the year.
Construction in this area is being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Village of Hinsdale, Village of Oak Brook, Village of Western Springs, Cook County Department of Transportation, DuPage County Division of Transportation, Forest Preserves of Cook County, Oak Brook Park District, as well as local fire and police departments.
Information about the Ogden Avenue Interchange Project including maps and construction updates is available on the Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com in the Projects section.
The Illinois Tollway is investing $8.9 million to reconfiguring the Ogden Avenue Interchange to improve mobility and traffic flow for local drivers and Tollway customers. Currently up to 40,000 vehicles use the interchange daily with up to 33,600 vehicles traveling on Ogden Avenue in the area.
To accommodate the reconstruction and widening of the Central TriâState Tollway, the Ogden Avenue Interchange will be reconfigured from a cloverleaf design to a partial cloverleaf design. The Illinois Tollway is combining ramps on the east side of Iâ294 to create one signalized access ramp from Ogden Avenue to northbound Iâ294 and the ramp connecting northbound Iâ294 to eastbound Ogden Avenue will be relocated with access control at the new traffic signal.
Improvements on Ogden Avenue will include repairs and median reconstruction on the existing bridge over Iâ294. In addition, on eastbound Ogden Avenue a new left turn lane will be constructed to provide access to northbound Iâ294 and the merge lane will be extended to provide vehicles exiting the Tollway with additional distance to merge. The project also includes noisewall construction, drainage and lighting improvements and landscaping.
The $4 billion Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project is reconstructing and widening the roadway between Balmoral Avenue and 95thStreet to provide congestion relief, update old infrastructure to meet current and future transportation demand and address regional needs. This work is part of the Tollway’s 15-year, $14 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. More than 220,000 vehicles use the Central Tri-State Tollway daily.