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Dan Ryan Lane Closure at Jane Byrne Starts Monday

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that as part of the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction, a lane closure on the inbound Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) will begin, weather permitting, Monday, July 13. The closure is necessary for the first stage of reconstruction of the Dan Ryan and Kennedy expressways (I-90/94) through the interchange.

Starting at 10 p.m. Monday, the ramp from the inbound Stevenson Expressway (I-55) to the inbound Ryan will be reduced from two lanes to one lane. The inbound Ryan’s right lane will be closed from the Stevenson ramp to Roosevelt Road. In addition, the flyover ramp connecting the inbound Ryan to the outbound Eisenhower Expressway (Interstate 290) will be reduced to one lane from roughly Roosevelt Road to Taylor Street. 
 
The new traffic configuration will be in effect through mid-September. 
 
Motorists, especially traveling on the inbound Stevenson and Dan Ryan, should anticipate significant delays, especially during the initial days of the closure. The public is asked to plan ahead, buckle up, put down all devices and remain patient driving through the work zone
 
To prepare for this next stage of the project, the ramp from the outbound Stevenson to the inbound Ryan will be closed from between midnight and 5 a.m. Tuesday, July 14. A detour will direct traffic to continue on the outbound Stevenson to access the inbound expressway via the Pulaski Road interchange.
 
The closure is necessary to begin reconstructing the new pavement on Dan Ryan and Kennedy over the next three construction seasons. 
 
Other significant impacts at the Jane Byrne this year include:
Additional details, schedules and impacts to traffic will continue to be shared in advance of individual project start dates. 
 
The overall reconstruction project at the Jane Byrne Interchange will improve safety and traffic flow for the more than 400,000 motorists who use it each day, while also enhancing mobility for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users in the surrounding neighborhoods.
 
Recently, IDOT unveiled a new mobile-friendly website that features a detailed project timeline with an interactive map, photo galleries and the ability to submit questions and comments to the project team via a “Contact Us” link. For more information and to view a live camera feed of the work zone, visit www.janebyrneinterchange.org.
 
The improved Jane Byrne Interchange will be complete in 2022.
7/9/2020 10:34 AM (Updated 7/10/2020 11:45 AM)
Overnight Closures Scheduled on Tri-State Tollway (I-294) and Ramp From LaGrange Road

Ramp and temporary lane closures needed to safely accommodate bridge beam removal

 
Temporary, overnight lane closures are scheduled to begin next week on the on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) between the 83rd Street Toll Plaza and Archer Avenue for bridge beam removal as part of the Tollway’s work to prepare for roadway reconstruction and widening of the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) between I-55 and 95th Street.
 
Up to 10 nights of intermittent, full closures in both directions may be needed on I-294, along with the closure and detour of the ramp connecting southbound LaGrange Road to southbound I-294, for bridge beam removal to construct a new Archer Avenue Bridge over I-294.
 
Electronic message signs will be put in place in advance to alert drivers. The temporary closures are necessary to safely accommodate the removal of bridge beams. Bridge beam removal will be scheduled during overnight hours to minimize the impact on traffic. All work is weather dependent.
 
“This work is necessary to keep the Tollway in good condition for years to come,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director José Alvarez. “We work to limit lane closures to temporary overnight hours to minimize the impact of construction on daily commuters.”
 
During the week of July 13, on I-294 one lane in both directions is scheduled to close at 8 p.m. each night, with a second lane closing at 10 p.m. and a third lane closing at midnight. Intermittent, full closures of I-294, each lasting 15 minutes, will begin after midnight.
 
In addition, the ramp connecting southbound LaGrange Road to southbound I-294 is scheduled to close at 8 p.m. and a detour will be posted. The detour will route traffic east on Archer Avenue to Oak Grove Avenue and then to westbound Archer Avenue where traffic will be directed to the ramp onto LaGrange Road which will provide access to southbound I-294.
 
All lanes on I-294 and the ramp are scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. the following morning.
 
To accommodate the rebuilding and widening of I-294, the Illinois Tollway will reconstruct the eastbound and westbound Archer Avenue Bridges over I-294, the eastbound Archer Avenue Bridge over 79th Street and the bridge carrying westbound Archer Avenue over the ramp connecting southbound LaGrange Road to I‐294. Ramp and local road improvements on Archer Avenue and 79th Street will also be included as part of the construction. Work also includes drainage and lighting improvements and landscaping.
 
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 .
 
Construction in this area is being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways, Village of Justice and Village of Willow Springs as well as local fire and police departments.
 
The 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 program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. More than 220,000 vehicles use the Central Tri-State Tollway daily.
 
 
 
 
7/10/2020 11:26 AM (Updated 7/10/2020 11:26 AM)
UPDATE: Weekly Construction Update: July 6-10

We are asking travelers to put safety first this. Please buckle up, drive carefully through work zones, and watch for pavement buckling caused by heat. 

NOTE: Alerts and updates provided via these sites are not intended for use while driving. When driving, your focus should always be on the road.

Here are some important highlights in the next few weeks:

    MADISON: Starting Monday, July 13, the two Beltline interchange loop ramps will be CLOSED until early-to-mid-October 2020.

    JANESVILLE: Weather-permitting, in mid-July, I-39/90 northbound traffic will travel on the newly expanded northbound Interstate lanes between the US 14/Humes Road and WIS 26/Milton Avenue interchanges.

BELOIT – I-43/WIS 81 northbound will be CLOSED over I-39/90 between the interchange ramps:

7/8/2020 3:38 PM (Updated 7/8/2020 4:07 PM)
Wisconsin - Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Counties: Adams; Clark; Crawford; Grant; Jackson; Juneau; La Crosse; Monroe; Richland; Trempealeau; Vernon

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 370 REMAINS VALID UNTIL 11 PM CDT THIS
EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS
IN IOWA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 8 COUNTIES
IN NORTH CENTRAL IOWA
FLOYD                 MITCHELL
IN NORTHEAST IOWA
ALLAMAKEE             CHICKASAW             CLAYTON
FAYETTE               HOWARD                WINNESHIEK
IN MINNESOTA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 3 COUNTIES
IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA
FILLMORE              HOUSTON               WINONA
IN WISCONSIN THIS WATCH INCLUDES 11 COUNTIES
IN CENTRAL WISCONSIN
ADAMS                 CLARK                 JUNEAU
IN SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN
CRAWFORD              GRANT                 RICHLAND
VERNON
IN WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN
JACKSON               LA CROSSE             MONROE
TREMPEALEAU
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF ARCADIA, BLACK RIVER FALLS,
CALEDONIA, CHARLES CITY, CRESCO, DECORAH, ELKADER, FRIENDSHIP,
LA CROSSE, MAUSTON, NEILLSVILLE, NEW HAMPTON, OELWEIN, OSAGE,
PLATTEVILLE, PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, PRESTON, RICHLAND CENTER, SPARTA,
TOMAH, VIROQUA, WAUKON, WHITEHALL, AND WINONA.
7/14/2020 6:10 PM (Updated 7/14/2020 6:25 PM)
Iowa - Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Counties: Adair; Adams; Appanoose; Audubon; Benton; Black Hawk; Boone; Bremer; Buchanan; Butler; Calhoun; Carroll; Cass; Cerro Gordo; Clarke; Dallas; Davis; Decatur; Delaware; Franklin; Greene; Grundy; Guthrie; Hamilton; Hardin; Iowa; Jasper; Keokuk; Lucas; Madison; Mahaska; Marion; Marshall; Monroe; Polk; Poweshiek; Ringgold; Story; Tama; Taylor; Union; Wapello; Warren; Wayne; Webster; Wright

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 370 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1100 PM CDT
FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS
IA
.    IOWA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE
ADAIR                ADAMS               ALLAMAKEE
APPANOOSE            AUDUBON             BENTON
BLACK HAWK           BOONE               BREMER
BUCHANAN             BUTLER              CALHOUN
CARROLL              CASS                CERRO GORDO
CHICKASAW            CLARKE              CLAYTON
DALLAS               DAVIS               DECATUR
DELAWARE             FAYETTE             FLOYD
FRANKLIN             GREENE              GRUNDY
GUTHRIE              HAMILTON            HARDIN
HOWARD               IOWA                JASPER
KEOKUK               LUCAS               MADISON
MAHASKA              MARION              MARSHALL
MITCHELL             MONROE              POLK
POWESHIEK            RINGGOLD            STORY
TAMA                 TAYLOR              UNION
WAPELLO              WARREN              WAYNE
WEBSTER              WINNESHIEK          WRIGHT
7/14/2020 6:10 PM (Updated 7/14/2020 6:25 PM)
Eisenhower to Kennedy Ramp Closing Thursday

 “Texas U-turn” detour will utilize Taylor Street interchange via outbound Dan Ryan

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that as part of the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction, the ramp from the inbound Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) to the outbound Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) will close for four months starting at 8 p.m., weather permitting, Thursday, June 11. The closure, originally scheduled for June 1, was postponed.
 
“With infrastructure improvements an essential service, we are committed to keeping this construction season on schedule as much as possible,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “The Jane Byrne is among our top priorities. Although traffic volumes are down, please plan ahead and be patient driving through the work zone. Buckle up, put down your devices, give the road your undivided attention and slow down.”
 
The inbound Eisenhower to outbound Kennedy serves approximately 25,000 vehicles a day, according to data collected prior to this year. The new ramp eventually will accommodate two lanes and shoulders, replacing a single lane and inadequate shoulders, substantially improving safety and congestion.
 
While the ramp is being rebuilt, inbound Eisenhower drivers wishing to access the outbound Kennedy will do so via the outbound Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) and a “Texas U-turn” detour at the Taylor Street interchange.
 
When the ramp is closed this Thursday, the inbound Eisenhower lane configuration will be flipped, with the two left lanes connecting to Ida B. Wells Drive and the two right lanes to the outbound Dan Ryan. The far-right lane will be reserved for the outbound Kennedy detour. In this new configuration, the detour will be a dedicated lane separated by a barrier wall to restrict merging into the regular Dan Ryan lanes and requiring drivers to use the Taylor Street interchange.  
 
To prepare the detour, Taylor Street between Union Avenue and Ruble Street closed to local traffic in late May. A detour directs eastbound Taylor Street traffic to Halsted, Harrison and Clinton streets. Westbound traffic is detoured to Jefferson, Harrison and Halsted streets. The south sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians and bicyclists.
 
Additionally, the inbound Dan Ryan will not be accessible from Roosevelt Road, with a detour utilizing Halsted and Adams streets to access the expressway.
 
A map of all the detours is posted at www.janebyrneinterchange.org.
 
The new inbound Eisenhower to outbound Kennedy ramp, as well as Taylor Street, will reopen in October.
 
Other significant impacts at the Jane Byrne this year include: 
6/9/2020 1:49 PM (Updated 6/24/2020 12:42 PM)
Overnight Dan Ryan lane closures begin Monday

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that two improvement projects on the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94), in Chicago, will require overnight, lane closures from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning, weather permitting, Monday, May 4. 

 The work includes applying new wet-reflective pavement markings to both sides of the expressway from Roosevelt Road to 95th Street. The high-performance contrast striping will help increase safety and improve visibility in all conditions, particularly when it is raining at night. Work will start in the northbound express lanes at 71st Street and move to the rest of the expressway over the summer. The project is expected to be completed in early September.

 Additionally, repairs to the bridge that carries the Chicago Transit Authority’s Green Line over the Dan Ryan just south of 55th Street will require overnight lane closures from 47th Street to 59th Street. The work, which includes repairs to the structural steel, is expected to be completed in late July.

 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.

 Click here to find details on other construction projects in IDOT’s District 1. Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at www.travelmidwest.com.

5/1/2020 3:43 PM (Updated 6/15/2020 8:43 AM)
Next Phase of Byrne Improvements begins Friday with Closure of Jackson Boulevard over Kennedy

Progress continues this year with several ramp, mainline Kennedy, Ryan improvements

The Illinois Department of Transportation is reminding the public that the next major phase of the Jane Byrne Interchange project will begin with the upcoming closure of the Jackson Boulevard bridge over the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94). The bridge project marks the first of several traffic impacts this construction season that will result in safer, smoother travel through the interchange. 
 
“This coming year will see significant progress with the reconstruction of the Jane Byrne Interchange, and we look forward to the many improvements to come,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “We appreciate the public’s continued patience. We ask that they drop their devices, be on the alert for changes in traffic patterns and give their undivided attention going through this and all other work zones.” 
 
To remove the existing bridge over the expressway, Jackson Boulevard between Halsted Street and Des Plaines Avenue will close starting, weather permitting, at 5 a.m. Friday, March 27.
 
A detour will direct vehicular traffic east on Jackson Boulevard, south on Halsted Street, east on Van Buren Street and north on Jefferson Street to reconnect with Jackson Boulevard. 
 
Pedestrians should use the Van Buren Street bridge as an alternate route. Bicyclists will be detoured south on Halsted Street, east on Harrison Street and north on Clinton Street to reconnect with Jackson Boulevard.
 
The Jackson Boulevard entrance ramp to the outbound Kennedy also will close, with a detour directing traffic north on Halsted Street to enter the expressway via Madison Street. The inbound Kennedy exit ramp to Jackson Boulevard will close as well, with motorists directed to exit at Monroe Street and access Jackson Boulevard via Des Plaines Avenue.
 
The new Jackson Boulevard bridge is expected to open in 2022. The structure will have two lanes and a dedicated bike lane, as well as sidewalks on both sides, enhancing connections and improving safety for all transportation users in the surrounding neighborhoods. 
 
For more information and to view a construction overview video, visit www.janebyrneinterchange.org.
 
Other significant impacts at the Jane Byrne this year include:
 Additional details, schedules and impacts to traffic will be shared in advance, closer to the individual project start dates.  
 
The overall reconstruction project at the Jane Byrne Interchange will improve safety and traffic flow for the more than 400,000 motorists who use it each day, while also enhancing mobility for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users in the surrounding neighborhoods. For more information and to view a live camera feed of the work zone, visit www.circleinterchange.org
 
Recently, IDOT unveiled a new mobile-friendly website that features a detailed project timeline with an interactive map, photo galleries and the ability to submit questions and comments to the project team via a “Contact Us” link. For more information, visit www.janebyrneinterchange.org
 
The improved Jane Byrne Interchange will be complete in 2022.
3/26/2020 10:03 AM (Updated 6/15/2020 8:43 AM)
Second Year of I-55 bridge Work in Will County to Begin

Extra safety measures in place for final year of two-year project, backups anticipated   

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that a project to replace the bridge decks on I-55 over the BNSF Railroad and Grant Creek, south of Arsenal Road in Will County, resumes, weather permitting, Friday, March 6. Temporary northbound lane closures are scheduled the next two weekends with the permanent work zone anticipated to be in place March 16.

Starting at 9 p.m. Friday, March 6, northbound I-55 will be reduced to a single lane between River Road and Arsenal Road. All lanes reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, March 9. The same northbound closures and hours will be in effect, weather permitting, the weekend of Friday, March 13. 
 
The weekend closures are necessary to make temporary pavement repairs so northbound I-55 can accommodate both directions of traffic when work resumes on replacing the southbound I-55 bridge decks. 
 
That will occur on March 16 at 5 a.m., weather permitting, when I-55 will be reduced to a single lane in both directions between River Road and Arsenal Road. Later this construction season, I-55 will remain one lane in each direction but shift to the southbound lanes while the northbound bridge decks are replaced.
 
The entire project is due to wrap up and all lanes reopen in late fall. 
 
Backups and congestion approaching the work zone should be anticipated at all times. Motorists must slow down, put down their phones and devices, avoid all distractions and give their undivided attention to traffic control signs and changing conditions in and around the work zone.
 
Special precautions again will be implemented to enhance safety. Signs will be posted several miles in advance in both directions. Temporary rumble strips also will be installed to alert approaching motorists. The work zone speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph, with Illinois State Police dedicating special patrols in the area at all times to enforce all traffic laws.
 
Additionally, a dynamic merge system, commonly referred to as a zipper merge, will be used this year to help manage congestion and reduce travel times through the work zone. Digital message signs will advise motorists when to move out of the left lane and prepare to enter the work zone.  During uncongested traffic, motorists will be instructed to slow down and move to the right lane well in advance of the work zone.  During more congested periods, drivers will be encouraged to use both lanes, taking turns merging into the open lane at the point the left lane is closed.  
3/5/2020 9:54 AM (Updated 6/15/2020 8:43 AM)

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