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New Southbound Mile Long Bridge Scheduled to Open to Traffic Next Week on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294)

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  “Replacing outdated bridges throughout the state is a cornerstone of my administration’s infrastructure revitalization goal and I could not be more proud to see this portion of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.

10/5/2022 10:05 PM (Updated 10/5/2022 10:08 PM)
Peoria: Mossville Road at Illinois 6 to close Oct. 10

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.

10/5/2022 11:17 AM (Updated 10/5/2022 11:17 AM)
Overnight Closures Scheduled on Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) for I-55 Ramp Bridge Work

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.

10/5/2022 10:46 AM (Updated 10/5/2022 10:46 AM)
Illinois 251 bridge work begins Oct. 6

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. 

10/4/2022 5:50 PM (Updated 10/4/2022 5:50 PM)
US-50 Closure Begins Overnight Oct. 5
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that US 50 a half-mile east of Huey Road in Clinton County will be closed to all traffic beginning at midnight Thursday, October 6, weather permitting. 
 
The closure is necessary to replace an existing drainage structure. US 50 is expected to be reopened on Monday, October 10.
 

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. 

10/4/2022 3:24 PM (Updated 10/4/2022 3:24 PM)
US-30 Resurfacing Begins Oct. 20
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that a resurfacing of U.S. 30 (Lincoln Highway), from east of Interstate 80 to Church Street, in New Lenox, will require intermittent daytime lane closures beginning, weather permitting, Thursday, Oct. 20.
 
The $1.6 million project, which consists of resurfacing the 1.2-mile stretch of U.S. 30, constructing new ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps and replacing deteriorated curbs, is expected to be completed in summer 2023. Access to residences and businesses within the work zone will be maintained throughout construction.
 
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.
 
10/4/2022 12:22 PM (Updated 10/4/2022 12:22 PM)
Western Avenue at 139th Street traffic signal improvements

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.  

The project, which also includes constructing new ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps, is expected to be completed in spring 2023.
10/4/2022 12:04 PM (Updated 10/4/2022 12:05 PM)
I-80 in Joliet extended weekend lane closures continue

Major travel delays are anticipated – alternative routes are strongly encouraged

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that bridge deck patching and repairs to Interstate 80 between Raynor Avenue and Gardner Street, in Joliet, will require lane closures over multiple extended weekends. This is the fifth of eight planned weekend closures along the corridor. 
 
Starting at 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, lane closures will take place on eastbound I-80, between Wheeler Avenue and Chicago Street (U.S.52/Illinois 53. At least one eastbound I-80 lane will remain open at all times and westbound I-80 will not be impacted. Eastbound I-80 motorists traveling through the region should consider alternative routes to avoid the area. Local streets are unable to accommodate heavy or wide trucks, so other interstate routes are encouraged. The ramp and all lanes are anticipated to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10.
 
Additionally, the eastbound I-80 ramp to Richards Street is closed for reconstruction, with an anticipated reopening in late fall. The posted detour directs traffic to exit Briggs Street and re-enter westbound I-80 to access the Richards Street exit. 
 
To complete the project, additional extended weekend lane closures are scheduled to take place, from 10 p.m. Thursdays to 5 a.m. Mondays, alternating between westbound and eastbound I-80 for approximately three additional consecutive weekends, weather permitting. 
 
The work consists of patching, milling, resurfacing and pavement striping to keep the pavement in acceptable condition until the larger corridor project can begin. By scheduling the work over multiple weekends this fall, the unplanned, emergency closures that have occurred with increasing frequency in recent years can be minimized. Also, by planning the repairs, they can be performed more safely and allow motorists the opportunity to plan ahead and use alternative routes to avoid the area when feasible. 
 
As one of the country’s three coast-to-coast interstates, I-80 through Joliet and Will County carries approximately 80,000 vehicles a day, about 25% of which are trucks. 
 
Advance work on I-80 started last year with a $41.7 million project to replace the eastbound bridges over Hickory Creek, Richards Street and Rowell Avenue/Canadian National Railroad, and westbound over Richards Street, in Joliet, Rockdale and New Lenox, while widening eastbound I-80 from Gardner Street to Rowell Avenue. Once the eastbound improvements are completed later this year, similar improvements will begin in the westbound direction. 
 
Plans are being finalized on the overall I-80 project that will redesign and rebuild 16 miles from Ridge Road, in Minooka, to U.S. 30, in Joliet and New Lenox, while adding or extending auxiliary lanes to improve safety and reduce congestion. Interchanges are planned to be rebuilt or improved at Interstate 55, Illinois 7, Center Street, Chicago Street, Richards Street and Briggs Street, with a new flyover ramp linking southbound I-55 to eastbound I-80 to improve traffic flow and safety. More than 30 bridges are planned to be rehabilitated or replaced, including those over the Des Plaines River.
10/4/2022 11:33 AM (Updated 10/4/2022 11:37 AM)
Knoxville Avenue Lane Closures set Oct. 4-5
PEORIA – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that lane closures on Knoxville Avenue (Illinois 40) near Prospect Road in Peoria begin Oct. 4. 
 
The closures are necessary for the annual inspection of the Rock Island Greenway bridge over Knoxville Avenue. On Oct. 4, the turn lanes adjacent to the bridge will be closed, and lane closures on Knoxville in both directions are set Oct. 5.  
 
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.  

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.  

10/3/2022 1:48 PM (Updated 10/4/2022 10:17 AM)
SR-2 to close for roadway patching

LAKE COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation announce the closure of State Road 2 west of Lowell. 

Crews will be patching the area underneath the railroad underpass. Work is scheduled to start on or after October 10 and is expected to last until the end of the week. All work is weather-dependent and schedules are subject to change.
 
During construction, drivers are encouraged to use the posted detour of U.S. 41, U.S. 231 and State Road 55, or 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.
SR 2 patching
SR 2 patching
10/3/2022 11:10 AM (Updated 10/3/2022 11:12 AM)
Brainard Avenue resurfacing begins Oct. 11

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.

9/30/2022 4:11 PM (Updated 10/3/2022 11:43 AM)
IL-1 pavement sealing underway Oct. 3

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. 

The project, which consists of routing, cleaning and sealing cracks along the 6.5-mile stretch of Illinois 1, to extend its useful life, along with new pavement markings, is expected to be completed in November.
 
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.
 
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.
9/30/2022 4:06 PM (Updated 10/4/2022 10:18 AM)
U.S. 150 to close Oct. 3
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that U.S. 150 (Grand Avenue) between Farnham and Brooks streets in Galesburg will close at 7 a.m. Oct. 3. 
 
The closure is necessary for the Galesburg Sanitary District to make sewer repairs. A detour will be posted during the work, which is expected to be complete by 6 p.m. Oct. 6. 
 
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.
 
9/30/2022 3:45 PM (Updated 9/30/2022 3:45 PM)
U.S. 45 resurfacing begins Oct. 3
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the milling and resurfacing on U.S. 45 from U.S. 40 north to the Interstate 57/70 eastbound on-ramp will begin Monday, Oct. 3.
 
The existing surface of the road will be milled off and replaced with new hot mix asphalt. Traffic will be maintained using flaggers, allowing one lane to be open at all times. While placing the new hot mix asphalt, entrances and side streets may be blocked for a short period to allow for cooling of the material.
 
Benefits to the public include an improved road surface and extending the lifespan of the road. This improvement is expected to be completed by Oct. 14.
 
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.
9/30/2022 2:57 PM (Updated 9/30/2022 2:57 PM)
Mossville Road at Illinois 6 to close Oct. 10

PEORIA – 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.
9/30/2022 1:01 PM (Updated 9/30/2022 1:03 PM)
Construction underway on I-39
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that construction is underway on Interstate 39 in through La Salle County. Work includes repairs on the loop ramps of the I-80 interchange near La Salle (exit 59).
 
The project will patch 36 miles of I-39 in La Salle County from the Marshall County line to just south of the Lee County line. Work includes pavement marking and shoulder reconstruction.
Starting Monday, Oct. 10, patching and shoulder reconstruction will begin on all the loop ramps at the I-80 interchange. The following weekly ramp closures are needed to complete the work:

Ramp closures scheduled from Monday, Oct. 10 to Friday, Oct. 14
Ramp closures scheduled from Monday, Oct. 17 to Friday, Oct. 21
During the ramp construction, each ramp will close at 5 a.m. Monday and will reopen by 6 a.m. Friday. There will be intermittent lane closures on I-39 in La Salle throughout the project, which is expected to be completed by November.
 
Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area and be prepared for slow and stopped traffic. 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.
9/30/2022 10:49 AM (Updated 9/30/2022 11:21 AM)
Northbound I-65 off ramps to close for concrete restoration

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.

9/30/2022 9:31 AM (Updated 10/3/2022 11:44 AM)
Peoria: Murray Baker Bridge inspection begins Oct. 3
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that a routine inspection of the Murray Baker Bridge (Interstate 74) over the Illinois River begins Oct. 3 
 
The inspection will reduce the bridge to one lane in each direction between 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day through Oct. 14.  
 
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. 
9/29/2022 4:09 PM (Updated 9/30/2022 12:27 PM)
Cole Street work over I-474 begins Sept. 30

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.  

9/29/2022 3:18 PM (Updated 10/3/2022 11:49 AM)
Lane closures on the Edens at Peterson Avenue

9/29/22 UPDATE:

Additional time is needed to complete the center pier repairs. The work is anticipated to be completed by late October, weather permitting.

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.

To complete the work, both sides of the Edens approaching the bridge will be reduced from three to two lanes of traffic. The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of this month.
9/29/2022 11:49 AM (Updated 9/29/2022 11:50 AM)
Outbound Ryan Ramp to Outbound Stevenson Closed

9/30/22: UPDATE 

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 department is inspecting the damage and evaluating the necessary repairs. Additional information, including the scope of the repairs and the duration of any long-term closures, will be provided once the inspections are complete.
 
A detour will direct motorists to exit I-55 (inbound), exit to Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and reenter I-55 outbound.
 
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.
9/29/2022 9:56 AM (Updated 10/3/2022 11:42 AM)
I-39 work begins Oct. 3

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). 

Work will install new weigh-in-motion sensors in the road. One lane of traffic will be open during the $1.1 million project. In-roadway work is expected to be completed by Oct. 21.
9/29/2022 9:47 AM (Updated 9/29/2022 9:52 AM)
Woodford County: I-39 ramps at Minonk to close Oct. 3
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the ramps to and from northbound Interstate 39 at Minonk (exit 27) will close Oct. 3. 
 
The closures are necessary for patching and resurfacing of the ramps and are expected to last two weeks. Detours will be posted. 
 
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. 
9/28/2022 4:40 PM (Updated 9/28/2022 4:40 PM)
Concrete patching on M-63 in Berrien County starts Monday

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.

County: Berrien

Highway: M-63

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.

9/28/2022 9:10 AM (Updated 9/28/2022 3:15 PM)
I-57 lane closures ***9.27.22 UPDATE*** Weekend ramp closure

9/27/22 UPDATE:

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.

9/27/2022 4:30 PM (Updated 9/28/2022 10:13 AM)
Alternating lane closures on S.R. 2 for repaving

LAPORTE COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation announces alternating lane closures on State Road 2 west of LaPorte. 

Crews will begin a resurfacing project between S 700 W and S 400 W starting on or after October 3 with work expected to take a week. All work is weather-dependent and schedules are subject to change.
 
During construction, traffic will utilize one lane that will be controlled by flaggers. Drivers should watch for stopped traffic at times in the area.
 
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.
SR 2 lane closures
9/26/2022 10:51 AM (Updated 9/26/2022 10:53 AM)
Lane restrictions planned for US-12
LAKE COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation announces lane restrictions on U.S. 12/Cline Avenue.
 
A single lane will be closed in each direction between U.S. 20 and Gary Road for roadway repair.
 
Work is scheduled to start on or after October 3 and is expected to wrap up by the end of the week. All work is weather-dependent and schedules are subject to change.
 
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.
US 12 restrictions
9/26/2022 10:06 AM (Updated 9/26/2022 10:37 AM)
Western Avenue patching begins Sept. 26
PEORIA – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that pavement patching on Western Avenue (Illinois 8) between Moss Avenue and Martin Street in Peoria begins Sept. 26. 
 
The work will reduce Western to one lane in each direction through the end of October. 
9/23/2022 1:28 PM (Updated 9/23/2022 1:28 PM)
Traffic Shift Scheduled on Ogden Avenue for Bridge Work at Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Interchange Project

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 Tri‐State 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 I‐294 to create one signalized access ramp from Ogden Avenue to northbound I‐294 and the ramp connecting northbound I‐294 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 I‐294. In addition, on eastbound Ogden Avenue a new left turn lane will be constructed to provide access to northbound I‐294 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.

9/22/2022 11:29 AM (Updated 9/22/2022 11:29 AM)
Cedar Lake Road to Close for Culvert Replacement
Round Lake Beach, IL - The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) will be closing Cedar Lake Road, from Rollins Road to Monaville Road, to through traffic starting Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 5 a.m. The road is scheduled to reopen the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 20. The closure is necessary for a culvert replacement.
 
Detour Route: Rollins Road to Fairfield Road to Monaville Road.
 
Local traffic will have access on Cedar Lake Road from Rollins Road north to S. Bauer Drive and from Monaville Road south to Countryside Lane. The work zone will be closed to all traffic.