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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.

There are no travel time watch zones in the Travel Midwest region.

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.

Major Incidents
Location Description Mile Marker Closure Details Status Start Time Estimated End Time Source
EB I-90/94 (Dan Ryan Expy) at 47th St Accident 56.7 Right two lanes closed, one lane open Updated 1/31/15 4:05 AM 1/31/15 5:50 AM IDOT

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
SB I-43/94 (North-South Fwy) from Bruce St to Lapham Blvd 311.4 to 312.2 Major Right two lanes closed, one lane open 1/30/15 11:30 PM to 1/31/15 7:00 AM WisDOT Construction - I 43 NORTH SOUTH | HOWARD AVE - THE VALLEY BRIDGE | I 43/I 94 | MILWAUKEE
Ramp from NB I-55 to SB IL-171 282.1 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 1/31/15 3:30 AM to 3:30 PM IDOT
Ramp from WB I-80 to I-94 21.0 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 6/30/14 7:00 AM to 3/31/15 11:59 PM Indiana Toll Road Lake Station exit ramp closed for Ramp Demo/Rebuild until Spring 2015; ***Long Term***
WB I-94 from WI-181 to US-45 (-0.1 miles) 305.3 to 304.5 Major Left two lanes closed, up to one lanes open 1/30/15 11:00 PM to 1/31/15 7:00 AM WisDOT Construction - ZOO IC, ZOO INTERCHANGE PHASE 1 | LINCOLN - BLUEMOUND, 121ST - 70TH | USH 45 | MILWAUKEE
Ramp from WB I-94 to NB US-45 304.6 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 1/30/15 11:00 PM to 1/31/15 7:00 AM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Take I-94 WB to the 68th Exit to 76th to Bluemound to Glenview to Watertown Plank to the US45 North Ramp.
Ramp from WB I-894 to EB WI-59 1.3 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 10/15/14 12:00 AM to 11/30/17 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Take Greenfield Exit West to 108th st, 108th st North to Bluemound (West Bluemound Detour). Take Greenfield East to 84th st, 84th st North to Bluemound. (East Bluemound Detour)
NB US-45 from I-94 (+0.1 miles) to Watertown Plank Rd (-0.1 miles) Major Right two lanes closed, one lane open 1/30/15 11:00 PM to 1/31/15 7:00 AM WisDOT Construction - ZOO IC, ZOO INTERCHANGE PHASE 1 | LINCOLN - BLUEMOUND, 121ST - 70TH | USH 45 | MILWAUKEE
SB US-45 from Watertown Plank Rd (-0.4 miles) to I-94 (-0.2 miles) Major All lanes and shoulders closed 1/30/15 11:00 PM to 1/31/15 6:00 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 63rd St at State St Major All lanes and shoulders open 1/12/15 7:00 AM to 11/30/15 11:59 PM Chicago DOT Reconstruction of the 63rd Street Bridge over the Dan Ryan:: Detours are as follows: *Westbound 63rd Street traffic will be detoured to NB Wentworth, to WB 59th Street, to SB Yale, and back to WB 63rd Street. Additional wayfinding signage will be posted for the use of Halsted Street. *Eastbound 63rd Street traffic will be detoured to SB Halsted, to EB Marquette (67th Street), to NB State Street, and back to EB 63rd Street. *Vehicles exiting the Dan Ryan at 63rd Street, heading Eastbound, will be detoured to SB Wells/Wentworth, to EB Marquette, to NB State Street, and back to EB 63rd Street. Vehicles exiting the Dan Ryan and traveling Westbound will be unaffected. *Trucks will be redirected to 71st Street via State and Halsted Streets.
WB 63rd St at State St Major All lanes and shoulders open 1/12/15 7:00 AM to 11/30/15 11:59 PM Chicago DOT Reconstruction of the 63rd Street Bridge over the Dan Ryan:: Detours are as follows: *Westbound 63rd Street traffic will be detoured to NB Wentworth, to WB 59th Street, to SB Yale, and back to WB 63rd Street. Additional wayfinding signage will be posted for the use of Halsted Street. *Eastbound 63rd Street traffic will be detoured to SB Halsted, to EB Marquette (67th Street), to NB State Street, and back to EB 63rd Street. *Vehicles exiting the Dan Ryan at 63rd Street, heading Eastbound, will be detoured to SB Wells/Wentworth, to EB Marquette, to NB State Street, and back to EB 63rd Street. Vehicles exiting the Dan Ryan and traveling Westbound will be unaffected. *Trucks will be redirected to 71st Street via State and Halsted Streets.
Ramp from NB Chicago Skwy to NB Dan Ryan Local 59.3 to 58.8 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 1/30/15 8:00 PM to 1/31/15 6:00 AM IDOT
Ramp from NB Chicago Skwy to NB Dan Ryan Express Major All lanes and shoulders closed 1/31/15 9:00 PM to 2/1/15 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 1/31/15 11:59 PM to 2/1/15 7:00 AM IDOT Full Express Closure
NB Dan Ryan from 71st St to 69th St 59.8 to 59.6 Major Right two lanes and right shoulder closed, up to three lanes open 1/31/15 1:00 AM to 6:00 AM IDOT Full Local Lane Closure 1AM to 6AM. Trucks allowed in Express Lanes.
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 1/31/15 11:59 PM to 2/1/15 7:00 AM IDOT Full Express Closure
NB Dan Ryan Local from 69th St to Chicago Skwy (I-90) 59.6 to 59.1 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 1/31/15 1:00 AM to 6:00 AM IDOT Full Local Lane Closure 1AM to 6AM. Trucks allowed in Express Lanes.
WB Eisenhower / I-290 from Irving Park Rd (IL-19) to Thorndale Ave 6.0 to 5.1 Major Left two lanes and left shoulder closed, two or three lanes open 1/30/15 10:00 PM to 1/31/15 9:00 AM IDOT
EB Eisenhower / I-290 from Biesterfield Rd to Irving Park Rd (IL-19) 3.8 to 6.0 Major Right three lanes and right shoulder closed, one or two lanes open 1/31/15 2:00 AM to 6:00 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.

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   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

   Dan Ryan (I-90/94) Lane Closures During Bridge Demolition

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that lanes on the Dan Ryan Expressway will be temporarily closed for Metra railroad bridge demolition work, weather permitting, during overnight periods on January 30th and 31st.

In order to complete the work, the following lane will need to be closed:

Friday, Jan. 30

  • The two right lanes on the NB Dan Ryan will be closed from 1 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • The 71st St entrance ramp to the NB Dan Ryan will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday.
  • The Skyway Entrance ramp to the NB Dan Ryan Locals will be closed from 11:00 p.m. Friday to 8:00 a.m. Saturday. Trucks will be allowed in the express lanes.
  • Skyway traffic will exit to the inbound express lanes.
  • The 59th and Garfield Blvd. exits will not be accessible due to the local lanes closures at 69th St.
  • All NB Dan Ryan Entrance ramps besides 71st St will remain open.

Saturday, Jan. 31

  • The three left lanes on the NB Dan Ryan will be closed from 11:59 p.m. on Saturday until 7:00 a.m. on Sunday.
  • The Inbound express lanes will be closed from 69th St to 47th St.

The Metra bridge over the Dan Ryan has been replaced with the new Englewood Flyover, which was constructed to solve inconsistency between Metra, freight and Amtrak trains.

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.

1/30/2015 9:28 AM

   I-270 Temporary Closure - Bridge Demolition

The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that I-270 will be closed in both the eastbound and westbound directions on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, weather permitting. The lane closures will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will reopen within two hours.  These lane closures are necessary to demolish the oldwestbound I-270 Chain of Rocks Canal Truss bridge.  Westbound traffic will be guided onto IL 3 and eastbound traffic will be guided onto Riverview Blvd., utilizing flaggers, traffic control devices, and traffic control signing.  Motorists should consider alternate routes to avoid delay.  One additional closure will be required, and that closure will be announced in the near future.
 
A limited public viewing area will be established at the east end of the Old Chain of Rocks Road  Canal Bridge (Old Route 66).  Limited parking for the public will be designated off of West Chain of Rocks Road west of IL 3 and will require walking up to one-half mile to the viewing area.
 
The contractor on this project is Walsh Construction of Chicago, IL.  Barry Gibbs is the Supervising Field Engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation in the area.  If you have any questions concerning this project, you may contact him at 618/346-3351.

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

1/29/2015 3:22 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

   Illinois Tollway Reminds Commercial Truck Drivers That Toll Rates Will Change in 2015 to Pay for Roadway Improvements

New rates are first adjustment for trucks and trailers since 2005

The Illinois Tollway reminded commercial truck drivers and customers with cars and trucks with two-axle and three-axle trailers that toll rates for their vehicles will increase beginning January 1, 2015, to help rebuild, improve and expand the agency’s 286-mile system of toll roads to make travel easier and more efficient.

The toll rate increase was previously approved by the Tollway Board of Directors in 2008, nearly seven years ago, to fund the second phase of the agency’s Congestion-Relief Program.  The phased toll rate increase remains in place and will help finance the Tollway’s current 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future, which was approved by the Tollway Board in 2011. Toll rates will remain the same for cars and motorcycles.

The previously approved, phased toll rate increase will be the first for commercial trucks and trailers since 2005 and includes a 40 percent increase in toll rates beginning January 1, 2015, and an additional 10 percent increase in rates in 2016 and 2017 from 2014 rates. Beginning in 2018, annual toll rate increases for trucks and trailers will be linked to the Consumer Price Index.

Overnight discounts averaging 25 percent will still apply to commercial trucks and trucks and cars with trailers traveling between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. to help ease traffic congestion during peak travel times.

Commercial trucks account for about 11 percent of the Tollway’s more than 2.2 million daily toll transactions. Cars and trucks with two-axle and three-axle trailers account for approximately 0.4 percent of the Tollway’s annual transactions.

Toll rates are typically higher for trucks and cars that tow trailers than for cars and motorcycles because their weight causes more damage to roads, ultimately impacting agency maintenance costs.  A fully loaded truck weighs up to 80,000 pounds and causes as much damage as 10,000 cars. The average truck travelling on the Illinois Tollway is not always full, resulting in damage that more typically equates to 4,000 cars.

The Tollway’s truck rates will average 44 cents per mile in 2015 – still in the bottom half of all toll road agencies in the nation.

As part of a more comprehensive commercial vehicle strategic plan, the Tollway is also considering ways to enhance truck parking along the Tollway system and exploring new customer service features that can improve account management for commercial vehicle fleets.

For more information and a list of daytime and overnight toll rates by plaza, please visit www.illinoistollway.com.

11/18/2014 12:34 PM

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