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)
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)
Outbound Ryan Ramp to Outbound Stevenson Closed
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)
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
- 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.
Ramp closures scheduled from Monday, Oct. 17 to Friday, Oct. 21
- 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.
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)