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Michigan Department of Transportation   Mackinac Bridge Walk Closure on Labor Day

The 2018 Annual Bridge Walk will be on Labor Day, as in past years. Beyond that, many of the other details have changed, prompting the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) to post a video explaining the procedures and options for this year's event.

The video, posted on the MBA website at https://www.mackinacbridge.org/walk/, explains how the walk has changed, including the elimination of busing and starting the walk from either St. Ignace or Mackinaw City.

"The decision in 2017 to close the bridge to public traffic during the walk for participant safety represented one of the biggest changes to the event in decades," said Bob Sweeney, executive secretary of the MBA. "The feared traffic backups did not materialize, but the issue of needing to turn people away last year prompted us to make more changes to increase opportunities for participation this year."

In 2017, despite having secured 50 percent more buses to transport walkers to the starting point, many people were not able to board them in time to participate in the walk and were turned away. By eliminating busing and instead allowing people to start from either end of the bridge up until 11:30 a.m., more people should be able to participate.

"The biggest complaint we heard about last year's event was that so many people were unable to walk," Sweeney said. "This plan cuts the significant cost and logistical problem of operating the buses, but also makes it easier for the largest number of people to participate."

Walkers essentially have three main options, outlined in the video:

  • Starting from either end of the bridge and walking toward the center, turning around at the midpoint and returning to the city they started from, where their transportation located. The turnaround points will move toward the ends of the bridge beginning at 10 a.m., but walkers can walk at least a portion of the bridge as long as they start by 11:30 a.m.
  • Walking the entire length of the bridge, starting from either end. Those who choose this option must reach the midpoint before 10 a.m., or they will be turned back. Anyone who walks the entire bridge must arrange their own transportation back to the side they started once the bridge reopens to public traffic at noon.
  • Crossing the bridge, starting from either end, and then turning around and walking back to the side they started from. In this option, walkers will need to cross the midpoint on their return trip by 10 a.m. or they will be turned back and need to find their own transportation back across the bridge after it reopens at noon.

The bridge will again be closed to public traffic during the 2018 walk, from 6:30 a.m. to noon on Labor Day, Sept. 3., based on recommendations from the Michigan State Police and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Emergency vehicles will still be permitted to cross the bridge, but no public vehicles until the walk concludes and participants are off the bridge.

8/10/2018 1:48 PM (Updated 8/14/2018 10:15 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Bridge inspection, Weekend Lane Closures on I-80/94

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that weekend lane closures will begin Saturday, Aug. 18, on Interstate 80/94 (Kingery Expressway), in Lansing, for a routine inspection of the Illinois 83 (Torrence Avenue) bridge over the expressway.

Lanes will be closed on westbound I-80/94 starting at 4 a.m. this Saturday, weather permitting. At least two lanes will remain open at all times. All lanes reopen by 2 p.m. Saturday.

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.

 

8/17/2018 1:48 PM (Updated 8/17/2018 1:48 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Bridge Repairs, Lane Closures on I-290/IL-53 over I-90

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that lane closures will take place this week on southbound I-290/IL-53 between IL-72 (Higgins Road) and I-90 (Jane Addams Tollway). The lane closures are necessary for bridge repairs along southbound I-290/IL-53.

In order to complete the project, southbound I-290/IL-53 will be reduced to two express lanes and one local lane through the work zone by Friday, Aug. 10, weather permitting. The project is expected to be completed in late fall.

The improvements consist of bridge repairs on southbound I-290/IL-53 over I-90, Illinois 58 (Golf Road), Woodfield Road and Higgins Road in Schaumburg and Rolling Meadows.

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.

8/7/2018 1:27 PM (Updated 8/8/2018 11:01 AM)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   I-43 Rehabilitation Project Begins Next Week In Ozaukee County

Nightly full closures begin August 5


The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Southeast Region office announces northbound and southbound I-43 nightly, full closures and daily single lane closures as part of the I-43 Rehabilitation Project to begin on August 5 in Ozaukee County. Project is scheduled for an early October completion.

Traffic impacts

  • Overnight hours: I-43 between WI-32 and north Ozaukee County line will have various full freeway closures in one direction at a time.
    • Detour will be posted.
  • Daytime hours: I-43 between WI-32 and north Ozaukee County line will have various interim single lane closures in both directions. Expect delays.
  • Changeable message signs will be used to advise the public of changing conditions.
  • Traffic impacts will be incorporated into the Wisconsin Lane Closure System on the 511 Wisconsin website at www.511wi.gov.

The I-43 Rehabilitation Project is a project to improve 34 miles of I-43 mainline and interchange ramps from the WI-32/County V to the north Ozaukee County line. The project will be utilizing a diamond grinding operation to remove a thin layer of the concrete pavement to improve ride quality. In addition, the project will repair shoulder edge drops and damaged beam guard, install a high-friction surface treatment at two curves and replace signing and pavement markings.

Construction details for this project will be provided on the Southeast Region Project website at https://projects.511wi.gov/i43diamond/.  Construction updates will begin the first week of construction.

Motorists should slow down, be patient and pay attention to their surroundings in this and all work zones.

8/1/2018 3:00 PM (Updated 8/6/2018 9:23 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Jane Byrne Interchange Project: Extended Lane and ramp Closures on IB Eisenhower

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced a lane and ramp closure will take place on the inbound Eisenhower Expressway (eastbound I-290), in Chicago, as part of the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction project, beginning, weather permitting, Monday, March 26.

Beginning Monday, one lane on the inbound Eisenhower will be closed between Ogden Avenue and Halsted Street, reducing the expressway from four to three lanes.

The ramp from the inbound Eisenhower Expressway to Racine Avenue also will be closed. The posted detour will direct traffic to take the Paulina Street exit ramp to eastbound Congress Parkway and continue to Racine Avenue.

Expected to reopen in Winter 2019, the lane and ramp closures will allow for improvements on the inbound Eisenhower, including new pavement, retaining walls and drainage. The work is part of the overall Jane Byrne Interchange project.

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.

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.

3/21/2018 2:19 PM (Updated 6/22/2018 1:30 PM)

Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   Southbound I-35W closed this weekend, August 17-20, Minneapolis, Roseville

Southbound I-35W will close this weekend, Aug. 17-20, for resurfacing between Minneapolis and Roseville from 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 until 5 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 20, weather permitting. The closure is planned for the southbound interstate between Fourth Street Southeast in Minneapolis and CR-C in Roseville.

During the closure, southbound I-35W motorists will not have access to southbound MN-280. However, motorists will be able to reach northbound MN-280 from I-94. Access to and from local roads and the interstate will remain open between I-694 in Arden Hills/New Brighton and CR-C in Roseville. Westbound MN-36 to northbound I-35W will be open but motorists will be unable to travel from westbound MN-36 to southbound MN-280.

During the resurfacing, motorists will be detoured around the closure on I-694, MN-100 and I-94. 

Motorists should plan ahead, determine an alternate route and provide additional time to reach their destinations. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

Resurfacing the interstate extends the life of the highway and provides a smoother ride for travelers.

To learn more about the project, visit: www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/i35w-mpls-roseville/.

 

8/15/2018 1:58 PM (Updated 8/15/2018 1:58 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Extended Ramp Closures on the Outbound Dan Ryan, Part of JBI Project

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that extended ramp closures will take place on the outbound Dan Ryan Expressway (SB I-90/94), in Chicago, beginning, weather permitting, Wednesday, May 16. The ramp closures are necessary to construct new pavement and drainage along the inbound Eisenhower Expressway (EB I-290), as part of the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange Project.

Beginning Tuesday, the ramp from outbound Congress Parkway to the outbound Dan Ryan Expressway (SB I-90/94) will be closed. A posted detour will direct traffic to go NB on the Kennedy Expressway, exit at Augusta Boulevard and reenter SB I-90/94.

The ramp from the outbound Dan Ryan to Taylor Street/Roosevelt Road also will be closed. The posted detour will direct traffic to exit at 18th Street, reenter northbound I-90/94 and exit at Roosevelt Road/Taylor Street. The ramp will be accessible to traffic traveling from the inbound Eisenhower to outbound Dan Ryan.

Expected to reopen late August 2018, the ramp closures will allow for improvements on the inbound Eisenhower Expressway. The work is part of the overall Jane Byrne Interchange project.
 
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.

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.

5/2/2018 1:40 PM (Updated 6/22/2018 1:31 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Extended Ramp Closures on the Kennedy Expressway, Part of JBI

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that ramp closures will take place to and from the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94), in Chicago, beginning, weather permitting, Sunday, June 10. The ramp closures are necessary for the construction of the Monroe Street bridge, part of the overall Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction project.
 
In order to complete the work, the following ramp closures will take place, weather permitting:

  • Beginning at 10 p.m. Sunday, June 10, the Madison Street entrance ramp to the inbound Kennedy Expressway (southbound I-90/94) will be fully closed until Thursday, August 9. A posted detour will direct westbound Madison Street traffic to go north on Jefferson Street and west on Randolph Street to access the inbound Kennedy Expressway. Eastbound Madison Street traffic should go north on Halsted Street and east on Lake Street to access the inbound Kennedy.
  • Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, June 15, the Adams Street entrance ramp to the outbound Kennedy Expressway (northbound I-90/94) will be closed until Monday, July 16. A posted detour will direct westbound Adams Street traffic to go north on Jefferson Street and west on Madison Street to access the outbound Kennedy.
  • Beginning June 11, the Monroe Street exit ramp from the inbound Kennedy Expressway will be closed until June 15. A posted detour will direct traffic to exit the expressway via Adams Street, go westbound on Adams Street and northbound on Halsted Street to meet back with Monroe Street.
  • Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, June 15, the Adams Street exit ramp from the inbound Kennedy Expressway will be closed until August 2018. A posted detour will direct traffic to exit the expressway via Monroe Street, travel west on Monroe Street and south on Halsted Street to meet back with Adams Street.

The Monroe Street bridge is one of several expressway bridge improvement projects included in the overall Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction. Of those bridges, the following are completed and open to traffic: Halsted Street, Taylor Street, Morgan Street, Harrison Street and Peoria Street.
 
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

6/7/2018 12:38 PM (Updated 6/22/2018 1:31 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Chicago: Extended Closure On Ramp From The Inbound Kennedy To Inbound Congress Parkway

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that an estimated two-year closure will take place on the ramp that carries traffic from the inbound Kennedy Expressway (southbound I-90/94) to eastbound Congress Parkway beginning Tuesday, Jan. 15, weather permitting.

The closure is necessary to complete road and bridge construction, part of the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction project.
 
Beginning Jan. 9, the ramp from the inbound Kennedy to inbound Congress Parkway will be fully closed for approximately two years. A posted detour will direct southbound I-90/94 traffic to continue south and exit at Roosevelt Road. Motorists should go east on Roosevelt Road, north on Jefferson Street, east on Harrison Street and north on Wells Street to access eastbound Congress Parkway.
 
The ramp closure will allow for construction of a new ramp from the inbound Kennedy to inbound Congress, as well construction on the eastbound Congress Parkway bridge over the Kennedy and Dan Ryan expressways and the replacement of the Van Buren Street bridge.
 
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.

For IDOT District 1 updates on Twitter, follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict1.

12/22/2017 2:50 PM (Updated 6/22/2018 1:30 PM)
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