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Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IDOT District 8 Flooding Closures Update

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces current road closures due to flooding within District 8: IL-96 in Calhoun County near Mozier and Brussels Ferry.

Road closures happening today as the flood waters continue to rise: IL-100 west of IL-3 to Ski Lift Road in Grafton and IL-3 truck bypass (Water Street) in Chester.

IDOT will continue monitoring state roads in the affected areas. Flooding has or will require closure of state highways and ferries along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers as well as several creeks and streams. Over the next several days, we will provide updates, as warranted, when developments occur.

Traffic control devices and directional signage, including dynamic message boards, have been deployed to guide motorists safely around major closures.  Travelers are advised to consider alternate routes or allow additional time to travel known flood prone areas.  Regardless, all motorists are urged to be patient, reduce speed and exercise added caution throughout the Metro East region - as traffic patterns and travel times will likely be affected.

Since this is a very dynamic situation, please see the IDOT's emergency road closures page for the latest information on roadway closures throughout Illinois.

Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at http://stl-traffic.org.

For IDOT District 8 updates on Twitter, follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict8

10/15/2018 6:09 PM (Updated 10/16/2018 10:29 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Henderson County: Carman Road Closed because of Flooding

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that Carman Road in Henderson County is closed effective immediately because of flooding from the Mississippi River.
 
The closure is from about 3 miles south of US-34 at Ellison Creek to CR-7. The river is expected to keep rising until Sunday, which means the closure may last into late next week.
 
Message boards are in place to alert motorists, and a marked detour will be posted as soon as possible. Never drive through flooded roads.
 
Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. 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.

Follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict4 for IDOT District 4 updates on Twitter.

10/11/2018 11:38 AM (Updated 10/15/2018 9:16 AM)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   WisDOT Soliciting Bids For First Phase Of CR-KR Construction

Bid opening scheduled for November 13, 2018

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is advertising a bid opportunity for the first phase of road construction on CR-KR, including the Wisconn Valley Way and CR-KR intersection in Racine County.

CR-KR phase one/Wisconn Valley Way/CR-KR intersection package: 

  •  Bid advertisement: October 9, 2018
  •  Non-mandatory contractor pre-bid meeting
    • October 18, 2018 at 9 a.m.
    • Mt. Pleasant Village Hall Auditorium
    • 8811 Campus Drive
    • Mount Pleasant, WI 53406
  •  Bid let: November 13, 2018

This project will expand CR-KR from the east frontage road to just east of CR-H from a two-lane, rural roadway to a six-lane, divided urban roadway. Work also includes storm sewer and new traffic signals.

Construction is scheduled to begin in March 2019 starting with the westbound lanes. WisDOT will coordinate construction staging and traffic with surrounding infrastructure projects, including the Foxconn manufacturing campus construction. 

This project is scheduled for substantial completion by Thanksgiving 2019. Final median and finishing work will be done by late spring 2020. 

10/9/2018 4:04 PM (Updated 10/16/2018 10:31 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Local Lane Closures in Schiller Park

Extended lane closures on Lawrence Avenue planned for bridge replacement work

Lane closures are scheduled to begin this week on Lawrence Avenue in Schiller Park for bridge work as part of reconstruction of the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294).Construction signage will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to the closures.

Weather permitting, beginning on Friday, September 28, Lawrence Avenue will be reduced to a single lane in both directions under I-294. Lane closures are expected to continue on an as-needed basis through November. Delays are expected.

The closures are needed to create a safe work zone for workers and drivers removal and replacement of the I-294 bridge over Lawrence Avenue is underway. Because the work is happening on I-294, drivers on Lawrence Avenue may not always see that workers are present. When there is no active work on I-294, all lanes on Lawrence Avenue will be reopened until the closures are needed again. 

In 2018, the Illinois Tollway is beginning work to repair, resurface and widen I-294 to five lanes between Balmoral Avenue and Wolf Road in Franklin Park, as well as reconstructing barrier walls, medians and shoulders in this area as part of the Central Tri-State Tollway Project.

Construction in this area is being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, Village of Schiller Park, Village of Rosemont and Village of Franklin Park, as well as local fire and police departments.

The Central Tri-State Tollway is being reconstructed 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.

A detailed planning and refinement process is underway to complete design and construction plans for reconstruction of the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294), including reconfiguring the I-290/I-88 Interchange at I-294, rebuilding the Mile Long Bridge and the BNSF Railway Bridge as well as integrating Flex Lanes and SmartRoad technology. The Central Tri-State Concept includes findings and draft recommendations being considered and evaluated by the Tollway as it moves forward in the reconstruction of the Central Tri-State.

Maps, construction and detour information about the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project is available on the Tollway’s website at illinoistollway.com via the Interactive Tollway Map and under “Projects Overview” in the Explore Projects section.

9/27/2018 5:53 PM (Updated 10/4/2018 7:21 AM)

City of Chicago logo   Chicago River Bridge Lifts 2018 Fall Schedule

“As fall begins, CDOT is ready to help sailors move their boats from the Lake to their winter storage yards,” said CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld, who also serves as Chicago’s Harbor Master and has jurisdiction over the city’s waterways.  “CDOT works with local boat storage yards to create a schedule that accommodates boats while minimizing the impact on downtown street traffic.” 

During these “boat runs,” the bridges are raised sequentially, typically one at a time.  Each bridge lift takes an average of 8-12 minutes.  While the bridge is in the upright position, traffic is halted. Drivers may use alternate streets or wait until the bridge is lowered.  A list of streets, from Lake Shore Drive to the end of the South Branch is below.

A total of 27 bridges will be lifted in succession from Lake Shore Drive to Ashland Avenue Bridge on the South Branch of the Chicago River. If no boat owners make arrangements to move their boats on a scheduled day, the bridges will not be lifted.

The streets affected by the bridge lifts are: Lake Shore Dr., Columbus Dr., Michigan Ave., Wabash Ave., State St., Dearborn St., Clark St., La Salle St., Wells St., Franklin St., Lake St., Randolph St., Washington St., Madison St., Monroe St., Adams St., Jackson Blvd., Van Buren St., Congress Pkwy., Harrison St., Roosevelt Rd., 18th St., Canal St., Cermak Ave., Halsted St., Loomis Ave., and Ashland Ave.

The Fall 2018 bridge lift schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 20 at 9 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 9:30 a.m.
  •  Saturday, Oct. 27 at 9 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 3 at 9 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m.

You can follow CDOT on digital media:

Twitter:  @ChicagoDOT

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CDOTNews

The web: chicagodot.org   

9/22/2018 10:36 AM (Updated 10/15/2018 9:16 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   O'Hare Oasis Over-The-Road Pavilion Closing To Make Way For Improvements To Central Tri-State I-294 Tollway

Removal will allow construction of new lanes to reduce congestion and improve travel


The Illinois Tollway today announced the O’Hare Oasis pavilion will close at midnight on Wednesday, September 5, so work can begin to remove the over-the-road structure as part of the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project.

The two adjoining fuel stations and convenience stores operated by 7-Eleven will remain open and continue to provide services for both northbound and southbound travelers along I-294.  In addition, the Tollway will be relocating the I-PASS Customer Service Center to the Hinsdale Oasis in September.

Removing the oasis will allow a fifth lane to be added in each direction as part of the Tollway project to reconstruct the Central Tri-State Tollway from Balmoral Avenue to 95th Street. The Central Tri-State Tollway is being reconstructed to provide congestion relief, update old infrastructure to meet current and future transportation demand and address regional needs.

“While it is sad to close the chapter on a part of the agency’s history, we’re excited about what the future will bring,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Liz Gorman. “Removing the oasis will allow us to make tremendous roadway improvements that will benefit our customers by reducing travel times and improving service.”

The closing date will give oasis tenants time to remove their equipment from inside the building before the Tollway begins utility work in September and preparation to remove the over-the-road structure. The removal contract, which also includes restoring the site and making parking lot improvements, is expected to be completed in 2019.

The Central Tri-State Tollway Project 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.

A detailed planning and refinement process is underway to complete design and construction plans for reconstruction of the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294), including reconfiguring the I-290/I-88 Interchange at I-294, rebuilding the Mile Long Bridge and the BNSF Railway Bridge as well as integrating Flex Lanes and SmartRoad technology. The Central Tri-State Concept includes findings and draft recommendations being considered and evaluated by the Tollway as it moves forward in the reconstruction of the Central Tri-State.

Information about the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project is available on the Tollway’s website at illinoistollway.com via the Interactive Tollway Map and under “Projects Overview” in the Explore Projects section.

8/24/2018 4:22 PM (Updated 9/12/2018 11:40 AM)

Keep Us Alive Drive 45 logo   Keep Us Alive Drive 45

Keep Us Alive Drive 45 is our commitment to keep workers and motorists safe in work zones. Each year, many people are killed in construction zone accidents, both commuters and workers. Please abide the posted speed limit in work zones. When workers are present, it's 45 M.P.H. - It's The Law.

Join us in our pledge to increase awareness and promote safe driving in our work zones by displaying an orange ribbon. Together we can make our roadways a safer place to commute and work. With your help, we can see to it that a construction zone is not an end zone.

8/21/2006 12:00 AM (Updated 1/21/2015 10:29 AM)
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