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Travel Time Watch Zones

The following table lists road sections 8 miles or longer on which: the travel times exceed 33% above their historical average or the congestion is heavy. To see a complete list of all travel times, please visit the Travel Time Report.

Congestion: Light congestion Light   Medium congestion Medium   Heavy congestion Heavy   Unknown congestion Unknown   congestion level information

Travel Time Watch Zones
Roadway Congestion From To Travel Time (minutes) Average Travel Time (minutes) Distance (miles) Speed (mph)
EB Kennedy Expy Medium congestion O'Hare Montrose Ave 28 17 8.5 miles 17 mph
EB Kennedy Expy Medium congestion O'Hare Ohio St 46 32 15.2 miles 19 mph
EB Kennedy Expy Medium congestion O'Hare I-290/Jane Byrne Interchange 47 33 16.3 miles 20 mph
SB Stevenson Expy Light congestion Dan Ryan Harlem Ave 16 12 9.1 miles 35 mph
EB I-290 Medium congestion Wolf Rd I-90/94/Jane Byrne Interchange 34 23 14.0 miles 24 mph
I-90 Medium congestion Cumberland Av I-290/Jane Byrne Interchange 45 31 13.4 miles 18 mph
NB Stevenson Expy Medium congestion I-294 Kedzie Ave 22 15 12.6 miles 33 mph
NB Stevenson Expy Medium congestion IL-43 (Harlem Ave) Dan Ryan 19 11 9.2 miles 30 mph
NB Stevenson Expy Light congestion I-294 Dan Ryan 25 19 16.1 miles 37 mph

Major Incidents

The following table shows major incidents in the Travel Midwest region, those with high severity or durations greater than 90 minutes. You may click on the location to see a map of the event. To see a complete list of all incidents, please visit the Incident Report.

There are no major incidents in the Travel Midwest region.

Major Construction

The following table lists major construction events in the Travel Midwest region. The Gateway Traveler Information System defines a construction closure as major if:

You may click on the location to see a map of the event. To see a complete list of all construction, please visit the Construction Report.

Major Construction
Location Mile Marker Severity Closure Details Time Periods Source Description
NB I-39/90/94 from CR-J (+0.1 miles) to Kent Rd 115.5 to 114.3 Major Right two lanes closed, one lane open 3/26/15 12:00 AM to 4/19/15 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - Madison - Portage | Rowan Creek Bridges | I 39 | COLUMBIA
NB I-39/90/94 from CR-J (+0.1 miles) to Kent Rd 115.5 to 114.3 Major Right two lanes closed, one lane open 3/28/15 10:00 PM to 3/29/15 6:00 AM daily until 4/1/15 WisDOT Construction - Madison - Portage | Rowan Creek Bridges | I 39 | COLUMBIA
SB I-39/90/94 from Black Rd (+0.4 miles) to CR-J (-0.2 miles) 113.9 to 115.5 Major Right two lanes closed, one lane open 3/26/15 12:00 AM to 4/19/15 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - Madison - Portage | Rowan Creek Bridges | I 39 | COLUMBIA
SB I-39/90/94 from Black Rd (+0.4 miles) to CR-J (-0.2 miles) 113.9 to 115.5 Major Right two lanes closed, one lane open 3/28/15 10:00 PM to 3/29/15 6:00 AM daily until 4/1/15 WisDOT Construction - Madison - Portage | Rowan Creek Bridges | I 39 | COLUMBIA
Ramp from I-80/I-94 to WB I-90 15.8 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/18/15 8:00 AM to 6/29/15 11:59 PM Indiana Toll Road Lake Station entrance ramp closed for Bridge Demo/Rebuild for 13 weeks ***Long Term Closure***
WB I-90-Express/94-Express (Dan Ryan Exp) at Entrance from NB Chicago Skyway 58.8 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/28/15 9:00 PM to 3/29/15 7:00 AM IDOT
EB I-94 from WI-100 (-0.2 miles) to I-894 303.5 to 304.3 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/28/15 11:00 PM to 3/29/15 7:00 AM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Take I-94 EB to HWY 100 to Greenfield to 84th to I-94 EB. OR Take I-94 EB to HWY 100 to Watertown Plank to US45 NB.
Ramp from EB WI-20 to EB I-94 332.7 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/20/15 12:00 AM to 11/24/15 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Use WIS 20 to West Frontage Road to 58th Road to West Frontage Road to WIS 11 to I-94 EB (SB); *** Long Term Closure ***
Ramp from EB I-94 to WB WI-20 332.7 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/20/15 12:00 AM to 7/2/15 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Use I-94 EB (SB) to County K to West Frontage Road to WIS 20; *** Long Term Closure ***
Ramp from SEB WI-100 to EB I-94 323.1 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/23/15 12:00 AM to 5/22/15 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Take HWY 100 South to Greenfield to I-894/US45 North to 94 East. OR Take HWY 100 North to Watertown Plank to Glenview to I-94 East
Ramp from WB I-80 to I-94 21.0 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/18/15 7:00 AM to 4/5/15 11:59 PM Indiana Toll Road Lake Station exit ramp closed for Ramp Demo/Rebuild ***Long Term***
Ramp from EB IL-132 to WB I-94 8.6 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 2/27/15 7:00 AM to 5/19/15 11:59 PM Illinois Tollway Entrance Ramp Closed; *** Long Term Closure ***
Ramp from WB I-94 to EB I-894 304.6 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/9/15 12:00 AM to 8/26/17 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - Detour: I-94 to 70th St to Greenfield to the I-894/US 45 South Ramp And I-94 to HWY 100 to Greenfield to the I-894/US 45 South Ramp And I-94 to Moorland to Greenfield to the I-894/US 45 South Ramp
Ramp from SB US-45 to WB I-94 0.1 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/25/15 10:00 PM to 4/2/15 4:30 AM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Take US45 South to Watertown Plank to HWY 100 to the I-94 West Ramp. OR US45 South to Greenfield to HWY 100 to the I94 West Ramp.
Ramp from EB I-190 to NB Mannheim Rd 1.4 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/9/15 12:00 AM to 7/17/15 11:59 PM IDOT DETOUR: NB Bessie Coleman to Zemke Blvd ***Long Term Closure***
Ramp from WB I-190 to EB Mannheim Rd 77.4 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/16/15 12:00 AM to 9/4/15 11:59 PM IDOT Detour posted ***Long Term Closure***
Ramp from WB I-894 to WB I-94 0.5 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/9/15 12:00 AM to 11/28/15 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - Detour: I-894/US 45 to Beloit Rd to HWY 100 to the I-94 West Ramp. And I-894/US 45 to Greenfield to HWY 100 to the I-94 West Ramp. And US 45 North to Watertown Plank to HWY 100 to the I-94 West Ramp.
WB US-12 at Seminole Hwy (+0.3 miles) Major Right two lanes closed, one lane open 3/28/15 10:00 PM to 3/29/15 8:00 AM WisDOT Maintenance - Bridge Repair
SB US-45 from Watertown Plank Rd (-0.4 miles) to I-94 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/28/15 11:00 PM to 3/29/15 7:00 AM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Take US45 SB to Watertown Plank to HWY 100 to Greenfield to I-894/US45 SB OR Take US45 SB to North to HWY 100 to Greenfield to I-894/US45 SB
EB WI-16 from Brown St (-0.5 miles) to Sawyer Rd Major Left lane closed, two lanes open 3/16/15 12:00 AM to 6/26/15 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - OCONOMOWOC - WAUKESHA | STH 67 - I 94 | STH 16 | WAUKESHA
WB WI-16 from Sawyer Rd (-0.2 miles) to Brown St (+0.5 miles) Major Left lane closed, two lanes open 3/16/15 12:00 AM to 6/26/15 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - OCONOMOWOC - WAUKESHA | STH 67 - I 94 | STH 16 | WAUKESHA
EB IL-19 at e/o York Rd Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/23/15 1:00 AM to 7/24/15 11:59 PM IDOT Detour info: Eastbound IL 19 traffic will turn north on to York Rd./Elmhurst Rd., east on IL Rte 72 (Touhy Ave), east on to IL72 (Higgins Rd), south on US Rte. 12/45/Mannheim Rd. Westbound IL 19 traffic will turn north on to US Route 12/45/Mannheim Rd., west on IL72/Higgins Rd., west on IL 72/Touhy Ave, south on Elmhurst Rd./York Rd.
WB IL-19 at e/o York Rd Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/23/15 1:00 AM to 7/24/15 11:59 PM IDOT Detour info: Eastbound IL 19 traffic will turn north on to York Rd./Elmhurst Rd., east on IL Rte 72 (Touhy Ave), east on to IL72 (Higgins Rd), south on US Rte. 12/45/Mannheim Rd. Westbound IL 19 traffic will turn north on to US Route 12/45/Mannheim Rd., west on IL72/Higgins Rd., west on IL 72/Touhy Ave, south on Elmhurst Rd./York Rd.
EB WI-59 from 31st St to Layton Blvd Major Various lanes closed 3/29/15 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM daily until 4/2/15 WisDOT Permit - Install duct and fiber optic cable from Level3
SB WI-67 from WI-16 (-0.1 miles) to Armour Rd Major Left lane closed, two lanes open 3/10/15 12:00 AM to 5/1/15 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - OCONOMOWOC - WAUKESHA | STH 67 - I 94 | STH 16 | WAUKESHA
Ramp from NB Chicago Skwy to NB Dan Ryan Express Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/28/15 9:00 PM to 3/29/15 7:00 AM IDOT
NB Dan Ryan from 75th St to 69th St 60.3 to 59.6 Major Left three lanes and left shoulder closed, up to two lanes open 3/28/15 11:59 PM to 3/29/15 7:00 AM IDOT Full express closure
Ramp from NB Dan Ryan Elevated to EB I-290 52.4 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/13/15 12:00 AM to 12/31/16 11:59 PM IDOT ***Long Term Closure***
NB Dan Ryan Express from 69th St to 63rd St 59.5 to 58.7 Major Left three lanes and left shoulder closed, up to one lanes open 3/28/15 11:59 PM to 3/29/15 7:00 AM IDOT Full Express Closure.
SB Dan Ryan Express from Garfield Blvd (55th St) to Chicago Skwy (I-90) 57.7 to 59.1 Major Left three lanes and left shoulder closed, up to one lanes open 3/29/15 1:00 AM to 7:00 AM IDOT Full Express Closure.
EB Eisenhower / I-290 from Morgan St to Halsted St 29.5 to 29.8 Major Left two lanes and left shoulder closed, one or two lanes open 3/29/15 1:00 AM to 7:00 AM IDOT Full Congress closure at I-90/94. Detour to SB I-90/94 to Roosevelt to State
WB Eisenhower / I-290 at Wells St 30.5 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/29/15 1:00 AM to 7:00 AM IDOT Full Closure of Congress at Wells. Detour along Van Burean to Racine entrance
Ramp from EB Kennedy Local to EB I-290 51.4 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/29/15 1:00 AM to 7:00 AM IDOT Detour to SB I-90/94 to Roosevelt to State
Ramp from SB Mannheim Rd to EB I-190 1.3 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/18/15 12:00 AM to 7/17/15 11:59 PM IDOT Detour posted ***Long Term Closure***
NB CR-4 at Roberts Rd Major All lanes and shoulders closed 8/11/14 7:00 AM to 11/27/15 3:00 PM Lake County Replacing the existing signalized intersection with a multi-late roundabout
SB CR-4 at Roberts Rd Major All lanes and shoulders closed 8/11/14 7:00 AM to 11/27/15 3:00 PM Lake County Replacing the existing signalized intersection with a multi-late roundabout
SB Stevenson / I-55 from Joliet Rd to County Line Rd 276.7 to 276.4 Major Left two lanes and left shoulder closed, one lane open 3/28/15 11:59 PM to 3/29/15 8:00 AM IDOT

Road Conditions

Announcements

The following announcements are specific to the trucking community. To see a complete list of all construction announcements, please visit the Construction Announcements Page.

Filter Announcements
   I-80 at the Mississippi River

Rock Island, IL - The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that weather permitting, construction work on the I-80 bridge over the Mississippi River is scheduled to begin on Friday, March 27, 2015.

Illinois Department of Transportation workers will be removing and replacing expansion joints at two locations near the north end of the bridge. Since the expansion joints to be replaced extend across both lanes, it will be necessary to close the bridge to one direction of interstate travel to make the repairs.

To minimize the impact to traffic, work will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Friday evening and continue until completed, which is expected by the following Tuesday morning.

  • I-80 westbound (Illinois to Iowa) will be closed from 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27th until early Tuesday, March 31st.
  • I-80 eastbound (Iowa to Illinois) will be closed from 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10th until early Tuesday, April 14th.
  • I-80 traffic will be detoured to I-280 during each of the two closures.

For IDOT District 2 updates on Twitter, follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict2.

3/17/2015 1:05 PM

   Weight Restrictions on All State roads in Michigan Beginning March 18

March 17, 2015 -- Effective 12:01 a.m. March 18, weight restrictions will be imposed and enforced on all state trunkline highways in the state of Michigan. State routes typically carry M, I, or US designations.

In the restricted areas, the following will apply:

  • On routes designated as "all-season routes" (designated in green and gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map), there will be no reduction in legal axle weights.
  • On routes designated as "seasonal" (designated in solid or dashed red on the MDOT Truck Operators Map), there will be a posted weight reduction of 25 percent for rigid pavements and 35 percent for flexible pavements.

All extended permits will be valid for oversize loads in the weight-restricted area on the restricted routes. Single-trip permits will not be issued for any overweight loads or loads exceeding 14 feet in width, 11 axles and 150 feet in overall length on the restricted routes.

For weight restriction information and updates, call 800-787-8960, or you can access this information on MDOT's website at www.michigan.gov/truckers, under "Restrictions." All-season routes are designated in green and gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map, which is available online. You also may sign up to receive e-mail alerts.

Trucking companies located in New Jersey and Canada can obtain information by calling 517-373-6256.

3/17/2015 10:34 AM

   Blue Water Bridge Resurfacing Spring 2015

Fast Facts:

  • The original span of the Blue Water Bridge will be closed for resurfacing beginning in April.
  • The eastbound span of the Blue Water Bridge will accommodate both directions of traffic throughout the project.
  • This work will preserve the safety and reliability of the Blue Water Bridge.

The Blue Water Bridge international crossing in Port Huron will be partially closed beginning in April for resurfacing and waterproof undercoating on its original span. Work on the bridge is expected to be finished by July 1. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Blue Water Bridge Canada (BWBC), co-owners of the Blue Water Bridge, are coordinating the work on this project.

The original bridge, built in 1937, currently serves westbound traffic entering the United States. The eastbound portion of the bridge, built in 1997, will be used to accommodate both directions of international traffic throughout the project. Only one lane of traffic will be open in each direction across the bridge, with two lanes available in each direction as vehicles approach the toll plazas at each end of the bridge.

"This important project continues the long-term commitment of MDOT and BWBC to maintain and preserve the safety and reliability of the Blue Water Bridge," said MDOT Blue Water Bridge Manager Mike Szuch. "We will do our best to minimize and manage any short-term traffic delays for cross-border travelers."

Limited lane availability during this project will prevent the use of a dedicated lane for NEXUS and F.A.S.T. motorists, as well as buses. Wide loads will be restricted to less than 11 feet, and bicyclists cannot be accommodated during the construction. Due to the longer wait times expected at the border, motorists are encouraged to travel at off-peak hours if possible, or travel south to use the international bridge or tunnel crossings in the Detroit/Windsor area.

MDOT and BWBC have been seeking input and assistance from local border security and public safety agencies to ensure that the most efficient traffic plans are incorporated into this project. Traffic flow and sign placement are being developed to help reduce delays and keep vehicles moving safely. Staffs from both agencies also are refining their daily traffic management procedures to promote the efficient flow of vehicles during work, while also maintaining emergency vehicle access.

For Blue Water Bridge traffic updates and other bridge information on Twitter, follow www.twitter.com/MDOT_BWB and www.twitter.com/bluewaterbridge.

1/20/2015 11:04 AM

   Weekend construction 3/27-3/30/15

The following weekend construction activities are scheduled, in addition to work already in place. As always, some work may be postponed due to weather or other circumstances. For the latest information, follow on Twitter @ MDOT_MetroDet and always check MDOT’s website before traveling, Michigan.gov/drive, searching by route, county, and date. NOTE: M-53 CONSTRUCTION BELOW.

I-75:

In Wayne County, north and south I-75 between Schaefer Hwy and Rouge River Bridge will be closed intermittently for 15 minute periods between 6 am – 10 am Saturday for utility work. Expect delays.

In Wayne County, north and south ramps to west M-8 (Davison), Oakland Ave and M-1 (Woodward Ave) will be closed from 10 pm Friday to 5 am Monday for bridge work on M-8 (Davison).

Detour for southbound - is south I-75 to west I-94 to north M-10 to west M-8 or south I-75 to west McNichols to access Oakland and M-1. I-75 traffic to M-10 can use I-94 or stay on I-75. 

Detour for northbound – is north I-75 to west I-94 to north M-10 to west M-8 or north I-75 to west McNichols to access Oakland or M-1. I-75 traffic to M-10 should use I-94 or stay on I-75.  

M-53: (Van Dyke Ave)

In Macomb County, north M-53 at Masonic will have the right lane closed from 8 am to 4 pm Saturday for utility work. 

REMINDER – CONTINUING M-53 CONSTRUCTION LISTED AT BOTTOM OF REPORT.

M-59:

In Macomb County, east and west M-59 at Van Dyke Avenue will have one lane closed from 9am-3pm Saturday for utility work. 

M-10:

In Wayne County, north and south M-10 under Warren Avenue will have lane closures from 9 am to 12 pm for bridge work. The Forest Avenue ramp to north M-10 will be closed.

In Wayne County, south M-10 ramp to east M-8 (Davison Fwy) will be closed from 10 pm Friday to 5 am Monday for bridge work. Detour is south M-10 to east I-94 to north I-75 to east M-8  

M-8 (Davison Fwy)/Oakland Ave:

In Wayne County, south Oakland Avenue over M-8 (Davison Fwy) closed on 3/23 and remains closed until 10/2/2015 for bridge work. Detour is south Oakland to west M-8 (Davison) service drive to the crossover west of M-1 (Woodward) to the east M-8 service drive to south Oakland.

In Wayne County, east and west M-8 (Davison Fwy) will be closed between Oakland Avenue and I-75 from 10 pm Friday to 5 am Monday for bridge work. East M-8 will be open to the Woodward and Oakland exits. Westbound M-8 will be open to I-75. Detour for east M-8; is south M-10 to east I-94 to north I-75 to east M-8. For west M-8; is south I-75 to west I-94 to north M-10 to west M-8.

In Wayne County, east M-8 (Davison Fwy) ramp to north and south I-75 will be closed from 10 pm Friday to 5 am Monday for bridge work. Detour is east M-8 to south M-10 to east I-94 to south I-75. M-10 traffic should stay on M-10 or I-94 to connect with I-75.

In Wayne County, west M-8 (Davison Fwy) ramp to Oakland Avenue and M-1 (Woodward Ave) closed 3/25 and remains closed until 10/2/2015. Detou is west M-8 to north I-75 to west McNichols to Oakland Avenue or M-1 (Woodward Ave).

I-375:

In Wayne County, south I-375 ramp to Madison Avenue has one lane blocked intermittently until 7/6/2015. There will NOT be lane closures during downtown events.

LOCAL LANES:

In Macomb County, east and west 16 Mile Road (Metropolitan Parkway) at M-53 have one lane blocked in each direction, leaving only two lanes open until 5/25/2015.

In Macomb County, east and west 18 Mile Road at M-53 have one lane blocked in each direction leaving only one lane for east and two for west until 5/25/2015. 

MONDAY:

I-69:

In St. Clair County, west I-69 from M-19 to Taylor Road will have one lane closed from 7 am Monday to 4/3/15 for road work. 

In St. Clair County, east I-69 east of Taylor Road will have one lane closed from 7 am Monday to 5/5/15 for road work. 

In St. Clair County, east I-69 near M-19 will have one lane closed from 7 am Monday to 5/5/15 for road work. 

CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES:


M-53: (Van Dyke Ave)

In Macomb County, north and south M-53 (Van Dyke) between 14 1/2 Mile and 18 Mile Roads has the left lane closed through Friday, 5/15/15. ALSO, 16 Mile Road has one lane blocked, leaving only two lanes open in each direction at M-53. And eastbound 18 Mile Road has one lane blocked, leaving only one lane open.  

I-75:

In Wayne County, north and south I-75 under Woodward Ave (M-1) has a single lane closed for M-1 construction over freeway through June 2015.

M-85: (Fort St)

In Wayne county, M-85 (Fort St) bridge over the Rouge River is closed between Oakwood and Miller Road through Spring 2015.  

I-94/I-69: (Military/Huron St)

In St. Clair County, north and south I-94 Business Loop/I-69 Business Loop over the Black River is closed for bridge maintenance through the end of March. 

M-29:


In St. Clair County, M-29 remains closed over the Pine River for bridge maintenance work through the end of March. Follow the posted using PUttygut (cars) or Chartier (trucks), King, Fred Moore Hwy, and Clinton Ave.   .

M-59:


In Macomb County, east and west M-59 between Elizabeth Street and I-94 will have a moving two-lane closure through 3 pm Monday for survey work. 

In Macomb County, west M-59 (Huron Road) at Mohawk Road will have the right lane closed intermittently through 4/4/15 for utility work.

3/26/2015 9:40 AM

   IL-19 / Irving Park Road Closed between York Rd & South Access Rd

                                                                                                
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that Illinois 19 (Irving Park Road) between York Road and South Access Road will be closed immediately. A large number of trucks have ignored a posted truck detour. The new railroad bridge over the roadway has been struck by over-height trucks multiple times since the road reopened recently. In order to address this serious safety issue, the road must be closed to all traffic.

Traffic will be affected in the following manner:

· Eastbound and westbound IL 19 will be closed to all traffic between York Rd and South Access Road, just east of York Rd., immediately.

· The roadway will reopened in approximately 4 months after the new railroad bridge is put in service.

· A detour will be posted during this closure.

·  South Access Road will remain open to O'Hare Airport cargo deliveries during the closure and accessible via the detour route.

The following posted detour routes will be in effect for the full roadway closure:

· Eastbound IL 19 traffic will turn north on to York Rd./Elmhurst Rd.,  east on IL Rte 72 (Touhy Ave), east on to IL72 (Higgins Rd), south on US Rte. 12/45/Mannheim Rd.

· Westbound IL 19 traffic will turn north on to US Route 12/45/Mannheim Rd., west on IL72/Higgins Rd., west on IL 72/Touhy Ave, south on Elmhurst Rd./York Rd.

The entire railroad flyover project, which kicked off  in February 2013, also includes the reconstruction of the intersection of Irving Park Road and York Road, which respectively carry 37,000 vehicles and 28,000 vehicles each day. An average of 25 freight trains pass through the crossing each day, delaying 6,400 vehicles and costing motorists 1,500 daily hours of delays that will be eliminated as a result of this project. The project is in conjunction with the Village of Bensenville, DuPage County, the City of Chicago’s O’Hare Modernization Program, the Canadian Pacific Railroad and Metra.

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.

Find details on other construction projects in IDOT’s District 1 at http://goo.gl/upgvZu. Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at www.travelmidwest.com.

3/23/2015 7:21 PM

   Illinois Tollway Continues Roadway Work on Illinois Route 390 Project

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway will begin the process next week to shift traffic on the western segment of Illinois Route 390 between Lake Street (U.S. Route 20) and I-290 to create a work zone for 2015 construction on the Illinois Route 390 Project. Work will also begin to shift traffic on I-290 as construction resumes on the new interchange on Illinois Route 390. 

In 2015, work includes completion of roadway improvements on the western end of the new Illinois Route 390, formerly known as the Elgin O’Hare Expressway, between Lake Street and Rohlwing Road (Illinois Route 53). Construction on Illinois Route 390 also includes completion of the new Rohlwing Road Bridge and work to begin construction of the eastern segment of Illinois Route 390 from Rohlwing Road to Illinois Route 83. Construction is part of the $3.4 billion Elgin O’Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project.

“The Illinois Tollway is committed to maintaining access to local roads and interchanges and providing the same number of lanes for drivers during construction as we work to complete improvements on the first segment of Illinois Route 390,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur. “By the end of this year, drivers will have a newly reconstructed roadway with improved access to and from I-290.” 

The Illinois Route 390 Project is providing needed repairs and upgrades between Lake Street and Irving Park Road and rehabilitating and widening the existing roadway to three lanes in each direction from Irving Park Road to Meacham Road/Medinah Road. The roadway will be reconstructed and widened to three lanes in each direction between Meacham Road/Medinah Road and Rohlwing Road. 

In addition, work in 2015 includes continued construction of noisewalls and retaining walls, water main and utility relocations and drainage improvements. 

In 2014, the Tollway began work to widen Illinois Route 390 between Irving Park Road and Rohlwing Road and completed construction on the southbound side of the Rohlwing Road Bridge over Illinois Route 390. Improvements on the first segment of Illinois Route 390 from Lake Street to Rohlwing Road are scheduled to be complete by the end of 2015. 

Traffic Shifts Begin Week of March 23

Beginning the week of March 23, traffic shifts on Illinois Route 390 between Lake Street and I-290 are scheduled to be completed in segments over several weeks.

Between Lake Street and Irving Park Road, eastbound traffic will be routed through multiple shifts in traffic to the left and to the right to accommodate electrical work. Westbound traffic will be shifted to the right for pavement construction.
Between Irving Park Road and Wright Boulevard, traffic in both directions will be shifted to the right.
Between Wright Boulevard and Plum Grove Road, traffic in both directions will be shifted to the left.
Between Plum Grove Road and Meacham Road/Medinah Road, there are no traffic shifts planned.
Between Meacham Road/Medinah Road and Rohlwing Road, westbound traffic will be shifted to the left. 

Also beginning the week of March 23, traffic shifts are planned on I-290 to allow for the construction of bridge piers. Eastbound I-290 traffic between Biesterfield Road and Devon Avenue will be shifted to the left. Eastbound traffic between Devon Avenue and Irving Park Road will be shifted to the right. Westbound I-290 traffic between Irving Park Road to Devon Avenue will be shifted to the right. 

Work to shift traffic will take place during overnight and off-peak daytime hours to minimize the impact on drivers and is dependent on the weather. Overnight lane closures on Illinois Route 390 will be necessary to install glare screens, complete pavement striping and shift traffic, with up to one lane closed nightly. Lane reductions will be removed by 5 a.m. on weekdays in advance of the morning rush hour. 

Whenever possible, the Tollway uses traffic shifts and shoulders to keep as many lanes open during peak hours as were available before construction. Lane closures will be scheduled during overnight and off-peak hours for bridge construction. In addition, there will be no shoulders available during construction. 

The Tollway is coordinating work with the Illinois Department of Transportation and DuPage County, as well as local townships, villages and police and fire departments. 

Construction information about the Illinois Route 390 Project is available in the “Projects by Roadway” section in the Construction/Planning section on the Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com. 

The public can follow the progress of the work on the EOWA Project via camera images offering bird’s-eye-views on the Illinois Tollway’s website www.illinoistollway.com. Views of ongoing work at the I-290 Interchange and Illinois Route 390 are updated every 15 minutes and available online. 

Work Zone Safety

A 45 mph speed limit is in effect 24/7 on Illinois Route 390. Construction zone speed limits are in effect in all construction zones 24/7 and drivers should slow down in construction zones, whether or not workers are present, watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution at all times. 

Illinois State Police have zero tolerance for drivers speeding in work zones. The minimum penalty for speeding in a work zone is $375. Posted signs advise drivers of a $10,000 fine and 14-year jail sentence for hitting a roadway worker. 

Illinois Route 390 Project

The first phase of the Elgin O'Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project includes building the new Illinois Route 390. The Illinois Route 390 Project scheduled to be complete by 2017 is improving the existing portion of Illinois Route 390, formerly known as the Elgin O’Hare Expressway, from Lake Street (U.S. Route 20) to I-290 and extending Illinois Route 390 east to Illinois Route 83 along the current Thorndale Avenue with bridges and frontage roads to accommodate local traffic. 

The new Illinois Route 390 from Lake Street (U.S. Route 20) to Illinois Route 83, including a new interchange at I-290, is estimated at $780 million. 

In 2015, the Illinois Tollway will complete improvements to the western segment of Illinois Route 390 between Lake Street (U.S. Route 20) and Rohlwing Road. In addition, construction will begin to build the eastern segment of the new roadway from I-290 to Illinois Route 83 and work will continue to build new bridges to carry Illinois Route 390 traffic over Salt Creek, Mittel Boulevard and Lively Boulevard. 

The project also includes constructing Illinois Route 390 east to Illinois Route 83, including construction of bridges and frontage roads to accommodate local traffic. In addition, local interchange improvements, construction of new frontage roads, local roadway improvements and noisewalls will be built to accommodate the new Illinois Route 390. The new roadway between Rohlwing Road and Illinois Route 83 is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2017.

3/20/2015 8:14 PM

   Lane Reductions and Shoulder Closures at US-30 over I-57

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that bridge improvement work will resume, on eastbound and westbound US 30 (Lincoln Highway), and northbound and southbound Interstate 57, in the Village of Matteson, weather permitting, on Monday, March 23.

In order to complete the work, the following traffic patterns will be affected:

  • Permanent shoulder closures along northbound and southbound I-57 at US 30.
  • Traffic will be reduced from two lanes to one lane along the westbound direction on US 30 with a width restriction of 13 feet.
  • Traffic will be reduced from three lanes to one lane along the eastbound direction of US 30 with a width restriction of 9 feet.

The anticipated completion of the project is, weather permitting, May 2015.

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.

3/20/2015 8:05 PM

   Extensive Bridge Reconstruction Work Begins on Illinois Route 171

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that the $35 Million dollar bridge reconstruction work on Illinois Route 171 (First Ave) to repair all bridges on the southbound Illinois Route 171will occur, weather permitting, starting March 30, with preliminary work beginning March 23.

In order to complete the work, lanes will be reduced, weather permitting, with the following details:

  • On March 23, preliminary work will start on the northbound lanes to prepare for and accommodate northbound and southbound traffic.
  • By March 30, all traffic will be on the northbound lanes of Illinois 171.
  • All ramps on the southbound Illinois 171 will be closed to traffic during the entire duration of the project and detour routes will be posted.

The project is expected to be completed by October 31, 2015.

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. 

Find details on other construction projects in IDOT's District 1 at http://goo.gl/upgvZu.

3/20/2015 7:40 PM

   Lake Station WB Entry Ramp to Indiana Toll Rd to be Closed for Reconstruction

LAKE STATION, Ind. – Beginning Monday, March 30, 2015, the westbound entry ramp at the Lake Station (Exit 21) interchange on the Indiana Toll Road will be closed for 13 weeks. The impacted ramp connects both directions of traffic from I-80/94 traveling to westbound Indiana Toll Road.

The closure is part of the ongoing Lake Station rehabilitation project that began in October 2013, and will rebuild three structures in the interchange: BHX-A, BHX-B and 5262B. This next phase of the project includes the replacement of Structure BHX-A (see attached map for clarification). The construction will fully close the westbound entry ramp from I-80/94 onto the ITR until approximately June 29, 2015, while the existing bridge is demolished and reconstructed. The detour route will be I-80/94 to I-65 North, and enter the ITR at Gary East (Exit 17).
 
The entire process is expected to be completed around fall 2015. Upon completion, the interchange will function as it did prior to the project. No permanent removal of any structure is planned.

Along with this new closure, the previous traffic restriction at Lake Station remains in effect as well (ramp closed to westbound Indiana Toll Road traffic exiting at MP 21 (to go either direction on I-94). This traffic is still diverted to Exit 17, Gary East. At Gary East, patrons are to take I-65 South and re-connect with I-94. Exit 17 remains a free exit, just as Exit 21).

Lake Station reconstruction summary:

(see attached map for locations)
 

  • Structure BHX-B: Removed in October 2013. BHX-B remains closed, with rebuilding set to begin in spring 2015 alongside the construction of BHX-A. Anticipated completion in fall 2015.
  • Structure 5262B: Reconstruction began in June 2014 and completed in November 2014.
  • Structure BHX-A: To be removed and rebuilt beginning March 2015. Anticipated completion in June 2015.
  • Indiana Toll Road entering/exiting eastbound traffic is not impacted.

How to get Indiana Toll Road E-ZPass

Indiana’s electronic toll-collection system was successfully implemented along the entire length of the Toll Road on April 1, 2008. E-ZPass transponders may be ordered through the ITRCC Web site, www.ezpassin.com. They are also available by calling our Customer Service Center at 1-888-496-6690 or by visiting the Center at our Granger office, 52551 Ash Road. In addition, you can purchase an E-ZPass for two-axle passenger vehicles and motorcycles at any ITR travel plaza or participating CVS/pharmacy store.

About the ITR

In operation since 1956, the Indiana Toll Road stretches 157 miles across the northernmost part of Indiana from Ohio to the Illinois state line. It links Chicago with the largest cities on the eastern seaboard, and it also serves as the primary connecting route to the Chicago Skyway, a main route to downtown Chicago. The Indiana Toll Road – managed by ITR Concession Co. LLC (ITRCC) – and its nearly 300 employees are proud to serve thousands of patrons every day. ITRCC operates a safe and efficient road while providing high-quality customer service. ITRCC is indirectly owned by Macquarie Infrastructure Partners (MIP), Macquarie Atlas Roads (MQA) and Cintra Concessiones (Cintra), which are among the world’s largest developers and managers of infrastructure projects.

 

3/17/2015 1:40 PM

   Weight Restrictions Imposed on All State Highways in the Lower Peninsula

Effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, March 13,weight restrictions will be imposed and enforced on all state trunkline highways from the southern Michigan border north to and including the Mackinac Bridge. State routes typically carry M, I, or US designations.

In the restricted areas, the following will apply:

  • On routes designated as "all-season routes" (designated in green and gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map), there will be no reduction in legal axle weights.
  • On routes designated as "seasonal" (designated in solid or dashed red on the MDOT Truck Operators Map), there will be a posted weight reduction of 25 percent for rigid pavements and 35 percent for flexible pavements.

All extended permits will be valid for oversize loads in the weight-restricted area on the restricted routes. Single-trip permits will not be issued for any overweight loads or loads exceeding 14 feet in width, 11 axles and 150 feet in overall length on the restricted routes.

For weight restriction information and updates, call 800-787-8960, or you can access this information on MDOT's website at www.michigan.gov/truckers, under "Restrictions." All-season routes are designated in green and gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map, which is available online. You also may sign up to receive e-mail alerts.

 Trucking companies located in New Jersey and Canada can obtain information by calling 517-373-6256.

3/12/2015 2:57 PM

   Spring Weight Restrictions More Important than Ever for Protecting Michigan's Roads

Fast facts:

  • MDOT and local transportation agencies put weight restrictions in place each spring to protect roads.
  • Spring weight restrictions will be announced by MDOT over the next few weeks.
  • This past winter's extreme cold and lack of insulating snow is expected to make this spring's warmup tougher than usual on Michigan roads.

March 12, 2015 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and local agencies are enacting spring weight restrictions on Michigan roads, an annual move to protect roads that's more important than ever.

When roads that have been frozen all winter begin to thaw from the surface downward, melting snow and ice saturate the softened ground. During the spring thaw, the roadbed softened by trapped moisture beneath the pavement makes it more susceptible to damage, similar to a sheet of glass supported by a waterbed. It's also the time of year when potholes begin forming due to the freeze-thaw cycle.

"Because frost has penetrated the ground so deeply this winter due to extreme cold and lack of insulating snow cover, we're expecting this year's spring 'breakup' to be worse than usual," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "A quick warmup like we're expecting will just make it worse. Aging pavements that are cracked already will be even more vulnerable."

MDOT determines when weight restrictions begin each spring by measuring frost depths along state highways, observing road conditions, and monitoring weather forecasts. In many parts of the state, frost depths currently exceed the limits of MDOT's frost tubes, which generally measure to 6 feet. Weight restrictions remain in effect until the frost line is deep enough to allow moisture to escape and the roadbeds regain stability.

"This time of year, our roads are under attack from above and below, with potholes forming in the surface and the gravel weakening beneath the pavement," Steudle said. "As the repair and maintenance needs continue to grow beyond the resources available to address them, we need to be more vigilant than ever in protecting our aging roads."

In 2013, MDOT spent $8.8 million filling roughly 415,000 potholes on state routes, and $10 million filling 650,000 potholes in 2014. MDOT is expecting this year's pothole season to be worse still, due to overall aging and deteriorating road conditions.

On state highways that are designated "all season," no overweight loads are permitted while seasonal weight restrictions are in place. On seasonal state highways, truck weights are reduced by 25 percent for rigid (concrete) pavements, and 35 percent for flexible (asphalt) pavements.

In order to protect roadway shoulders, which are not designed to carry regular traffic, permits for vehicles or loads exceeding 14 feet in width are not issued during seasonal restrictions.

County road commissions and city public works departments put in place their own seasonal weight restrictions, which usually, but not always, coincide with state highway weight restrictions. Signs are generally posted to indicate which routes have weight restrictions in effect.

Detailed weight restriction information is available at www.michigan.gov/truckers, or by calling 1-800-787-8960. See a video about pothole repair at www.michigan.gov/realitycheck.

3/12/2015 1:23 PM

   Detour on Blodgett Road at I-55 for Bridge Work

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that work on the Blodgett Road over I-55 Bridge and Blodgett Road over Grant Creek Bridge near Channahon, will begin, weather permitting, Wednesday, March 18.

In order to complete the work of permanently removing the bridge over I-55 and reconstructing the bridge over Grant Creek, Blodgett Road will be closed between I-55 and Grant Creek until the project is completed at the end of September. A detour will be posted, directing Blodgett Road traffic south on I-55 to Lorenzo Road, west to Will Road, north to Blodgett Road, and to the reverse route.

In addition to the work on Blodgett Road over I-55, the bridge over Grant Creek will be reconstructed and new pavement realigning the west frontage road connection to Blodgett Road will be built. Later in the spring, nighttime lane closures will be required on I-55 for completion of the project. Full stops of traffic for up to 15 minutes between the hours of 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. will also be necessary to complete removal of the structure.

Motorists should allow extra time while the detour is in effect.  Drivers are urged to pay close attention to the signs for the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, and be on the alert for workers and equipment in the area.

3/11/2015 1:47 PM

   Jane Byrne Interchange Flyover Ramp and Lane Closures

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that ramp closures for construction of the new flyover bridge connecting the Dan Ryan Expressway (Interstate 90/94) to the Eisenhower Expressway (Interstate 290) as part of the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction will begin, weather permitting, Tuesday, March 10.

The staging of lanes will begin at 10 p.m. Tuesday night, with additional staging work continuing Wednesday and Thursday night, culminating in all lanes completely in stage by Friday morning. The entire project will require several lane and ramp closures until it is finished in Summer 2016.

Starting Tuesday night, the following closures and detours will go into effect:

  • The ramp from Roosevelt Road to I-290/Congress Parkway will be closed. Detour routes will be posted. Motorists will be directed to continue east on Roosevelt Road to connect with Congress Parkway via Jefferson, Harrison and Wells streets. To connect with the outbound Eisenhower, motorists will be directed to continue west on Roosevelt Road and utilize Ashland Avenue and Van Buren Street.
  • The ramp from Taylor Street to the inbound Dan Ryan (outbound Kennedy) will be closed. A detour route will be posted, directing motorists to use Taylor Street to Jefferson Street and re-enter the expressway at the Adams Street entrance ramp.

Staging work on I 90/94 will continue Wednesday and Thursday night.

Friday morning by 5 a.m., the following closures will be in place:

  • The ramp from the inbound Dan Ryan to inbound Congress Parkway will be closed. A detour route will be posted, directing motorists to exit on Roosevelt Road to access Congress Parkway via Jefferson, Harrison and Wells streets.
  • The inbound and outbound Stevenson Expressway (Interstate 55) ramps to the Dan Ryan will be reduced from two lanes to one lane.
  • The right lane of the inbound Dan Ryan from the Stevenson to Roosevelt Road will be closed.
  • The ramp from the inbound Dan Ryan to the outbound Eisenhower will remain open, but shifted to a temporary roadway. The four lanes from Roosevelt Street to Van Buren Street will be narrowed.

The flyover will replace the existing single-lane ramp with a two-lane bridge that begins just south of Roosevelt Road, arching over Harrison Street, the entire Jane Byrne Interchange and Halsted Street, before connecting to the outbound Eisenhower near Morgan Street.  The new ramp will be about one mile in length. Once complete, the flyover will improve efficiency, traffic flow and safety for the approximately 400,000 motorists that drive through the interchange each day.

Later this year, IDOT will schedule the installation of the flyover’s beams over four weekends in coordination with the City of Chicago. During those weekends, access to inbound and/or outbound Congress Parkway will be closed from late Friday night into early Monday morning depending on where the beam erection sequence is occurring. In addition, multiple lanes on the Dan Ryan and Kennedy expressways will be closed for a duration of time overnight and into the morning hours on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Jane Byrne Interchange, the confluence of Congress Parkway and the Dan Ryan, Eisenhower and Kennedy expressways in downtown Chicago, has not been reconstructed since it was first built in the 1950s and 1960s. The improvements are estimated to reduce traffic delays by about 50 percent, saving motorists an anticipated 5 million hours in travel time and 1.6 million gallons of gas each year.

For more information on the $475 million interchange project, including detours, updates and a live, streaming high-resolution view of the work zone, visit www.CircleInterchange.org.

You also can stay informed by following IDOT on Facebook and Twitter.

Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at www.travelmidwest.com.

3/5/2015 2:51 PM

   Vehicle Weight Postings

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that postings to restrict the allowable gross vehicular weights will go into effect on the following roads in Whiteside County effective March 10, 2015:

Garden Plain Road: 5 tons per axle (westbound lane only)

Freeport Road: 11 tons

Depending upon the weather, the postings will be lifted on or before May 1, 2015.

For IDOT District 2 updates on Twitter, follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict2.
 

3/5/2015 2:14 PM

   M-222 bridge over US-131 near Martin closed for reconstruction

COUNTY: Allegan

HIGHWAY: M-222

CLOSEST CITY: Martin

START DATE: Monday, Feb. 9, 2015

ESTIMATED END DATE: Thursday, July 9, 2015

PROJECT: Replace the M-222 bridge over US-131 in Martin, Allegan County.

TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS:

M-222 will be closed during bridge reconstruction and traffic will follow the posted detours on US-131 and M-89. Nighttime lane closures on US-131.

The new M-222 bridge is expected to open to traffic in time for the B-93 Birthday Bash event in June.

1/28/2015 12:52 PM

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