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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)
WB I-90 Medium congestion O'Hare Area Schaumburg / IL-53 17 10 9.2 miles 32 mph
SB I-294 Medium congestion Irving Park Rd (IL-19) Plaza Cermak Rd (22nd St) Plaza 19 12 9.0 miles 27 mph
WB I-90 Light congestion O'Hare Area Elgin Plaza 37 26 23.3 miles 37 mph
SB I-294 Medium congestion I-190 / O'Hare Cermak Rd (22nd St) Plaza 22 15 10.7 miles 29 mph
NB I-55 Medium congestion I-355 I-294 25 17 8.9 miles 20 mph
EB Kennedy Expy Medium congestion Montrose Ave I-290/Jane Byrne Interchange 31 21 8.2 miles 16 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.

Major Incidents
Location Description Mile Marker Closure Details Status Start Time Estimated End Time Source
NB I-39/90/94 at WI-19 Incident 130.9 Various lanes closed Updated 5/22/15 4:56 PM 5/22/15 6:56 PM WisDOT

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 at IL-38 99.7 Major Various lanes closed 5/4/15 7:00 AM to 6/1/15 11:59 PM IDOT Ramp Lanes will be narrowed. Occasional lane closures on I-39 and on IL-38. Thre ramp from IL-38 to southbound I-39 will be closed to all traffic. Follow marked detour.
SB I-39 at IL-38 99.5 Major Various lanes closed 5/4/15 7:00 AM to 6/1/15 11:59 PM IDOT Ramp Lanes will be narrowed. Occasional lane closures on I-39 and on IL-38. Thre ramp from IL-38 to southbound I-39 will be closed to all traffic. Follow marked detour.
Ramp from EB IL-38 to SB I-39 99.8 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 5/4/15 7:00 AM to 6/1/15 11:59 PM IDOT Ramp Lanes will be narrowed. Occasional lane closures on I-39 and on IL-38. Thre ramp from IL-38 to southbound I-39 will be closed to all traffic. Follow marked detour.
NB I-43/94 (North-South Fwy) at Holt Ave (+0.1 miles) 314.3 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 5/11/15 12:00 AM to 6/1/15 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Follow posted detour signage to Holt Ave, and use Holt Ave entrance ramp to NB 43
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 7/15/15 11:59 PM Indiana Toll Road Lake Station entrance ramp closed for Bridge Demo/Rebuild for 13 weeks ***Long Term Closure***
EB I-88 (Ronald Reagan Memorial Hwy) at Whitney Rd 63.1 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 4/27/15 7:00 AM to 5/31/15 11:59 PM Illinois Tollway Bridge repairs include pavement patching, replacing bridge joints and repairing beams and girders
WB I-88 (Ronald Reagan Memorial Hwy) at Whitney Rd 63.1 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 4/27/15 7:00 AM to 5/31/15 11:59 PM Illinois Tollway Bridge repairs include pavement patching, replacing bridge joints and repairing beams and girders
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 ***
EB I-94 (Tri-State Tollway) from Stearns School Rd (-0.1 miles) to Washington St (-0.2 miles) 7.5 to 9.5 Major Right two lanes closed, two or three lanes open 5/22/15 7:00 PM to 5/23/15 5:00 AM Illinois Tollway Rdwy Reconst and Plaza Repairs
Ramp from WB I-80 to I-94 21.0 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/18/15 7:00 AM to 11/15/15 11:59 PM Indiana Toll Road Lake Station exit ramp closed for Ramp Demo/Rebuild ***Long Term***
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 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.
EB US-12 from Fish Hatchery Rd to Agriculture Dr (+0.3 miles) Major Right two lanes closed, one lane open 5/22/15 8:00 PM to 5/23/15 5:00 AM daily until 5/31/15 WisDOT Construction - CITY MADISON, S MADISON BELTLINE | TODD DR - I 39/90 | USH 12 | DANE
Ramp from NWB US-12 to WB WI-50 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 4/10/15 12:00 AM to 7/15/15 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - Detour: For WB USH12 traffic intending to exit off onto STH50, traffic will continue WB on USH12 until STH120 offramp, traffic will take STH120 west until on ramp to EB USH12. Traffic will get back on EB USH12 until STH50 off ramps. Detour e
WB US-12 from Monona Dr (+0.7 miles) to Fish Hatchery Rd Major Right two lanes closed, one lane open 5/22/15 8:00 PM to 5/23/15 5:00 AM daily until 5/31/15 WisDOT Construction - CITY MADISON, S MADISON BELTLINE | TODD DR - I 39/90 | USH 12 | DANE
EB US-14 from Market St to CR-P Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/30/15 12:00 AM to 10/16/15 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - Detour: County KP to Bourbon Street to County P to USH 14
WB US-14 from CR-P to County Road Kp Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/30/15 12:00 AM to 10/16/15 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - Detour: CTH P to Bourbon Street to CTH KP to USH 14
NWB US-20 from Brier Hill Rd to Allen Rd Major All lanes and shoulders closed 4/13/15 7:00 AM to 11/30/15 11:59 PM IDOT Allow extra time and watch for flaggers.
SEB US-20 from Allen Rd to Brier Hill Rd Major All lanes and shoulders closed 4/13/15 7:00 AM to 11/30/15 11:59 PM IDOT Allow extra time and watch for flaggers.
EB IN-8 from Norbeh Dr to County Road 575 W Major All lanes and shoulders closed 5/20/15 7:00 AM to 7/3/15 11:59 PM InDOT Replace Bridge Decking
WB IN-8 from County Road 575 W to Norbeh Dr Major All lanes and shoulders closed 5/20/15 7:00 AM to 7/3/15 11:59 PM InDOT Replace Bridge Decking
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 WI-20 from Renaissance Blvd to 90th St Major Left lane closed, two lanes open 4/13/15 12:00 AM to 7/6/15 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - WASHINGTON AVE, VILLAGE STURTEVANT | CTH H - 90TH ST | STH 20 | RACINE
WB WI-20 from 90th St to Renaissance Blvd Major Left lane closed, two lanes open 4/13/15 12:00 AM to 7/6/15 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - WASHINGTON AVE, VILLAGE STURTEVANT | CTH H - 90TH ST | STH 20 | RACINE
WB WI-20 from County Road V to Sylvania Ave Major Left lane closed, two lanes open 4/7/15 12:00 AM to 7/1/15 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - N-S FREEWAY, STH 20 INTERCHANGE | MAINLINE & RAMPS | I 94 | RACINE
NB WI-38 from Layton Ave to Howard Ave Major All lanes and shoulders closed 4/20/15 12:00 AM to 6/20/15 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - Detour: NB traffic will be directed to the Left SB lane for the length of the project. SB STH 38 will be split to have one lane of SB traffic and one lane of NB traffic.
SB WI-38 from Howard Ave to Layton Ave Major Left lane closed, two lanes open 4/20/15 12:00 AM to 6/20/15 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - S Howell Ave | Layton Ave - Howard Ave | Sth 38 | MILWAUKEE
NB IL-40 at Otter Creek Dr Major All lanes and shoulders closed 5/11/15 7:00 AM to 9/30/15 11:59 PM IDOT Bridge Work; Traffic will be detoured from IL 40 at Milledgeville north on Shannon Road to IL 64, and then west on IL 64 to IL 78 at Mt. Carroll.
NB IL-40 at Center Dr (+0.3 miles) Major All lanes and shoulders closed 5/11/15 7:00 AM to 10/31/15 11:59 PM IDOT Construction over Otter Creek; Follow detour
SB IL-40 at Center Dr (-0.3 miles) Major All lanes and shoulders closed 5/11/15 7:00 AM to 10/31/15 11:59 PM IDOT Construction over Otter Creek; Follow detour
SB IL-40 at Otter Creek Dr Major All lanes and shoulders closed 5/11/15 7:00 AM to 9/30/15 11:59 PM IDOT Bridge Work; Traffic will be detoured from IL 40 at Milledgeville north on Shannon Road to IL 64, and then west on IL 64 to IL 78 at Mt. Carroll.
EB WI-59 from Jackson St to Water Major All lanes and shoulders closed 5/23/15 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM WisDOT Permit - Detour: STH 59 to CTH F to Decatur Albany Rd to CTH E to STH 59
EB WI-59 from 2nd St to WI-32 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 5/23/15 7:00 AM to 5/25/15 12:00 PM WisDOT Permit - Detour: S. 2nd st. North to W. Virginia St.
WB WI-59 from WI-32 to 2nd St Major All lanes and shoulders closed 5/23/15 7:00 AM to 5/25/15 12:00 PM WisDOT Permit - Detour: W. Virgina St. East to s 1st. st.
WB WI-59 from Water to Jackson St Major All lanes and shoulders closed 5/23/15 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM WisDOT Permit - Detour: STH 59 to CTH E to Decatur Albany Rd to CTH F to STH 59
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 7/17/15 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - OCONOMOWOC - WAUKESHA | STH 67 - I 94 | STH 16 | WAUKESHA
NB WI-73 from US-151 (-0.1 miles) to US-151 (+0.1 miles) Major All lanes closed and both shoulders open 5/20/15 7:00 AM to 7/1/15 5:00 PM WisDOT Construction - I 94 - COLUMBUS | USH 151 S JCT INTERCHANGE AREA | STH 73 | COLUMBIA
SB WI-73 from US-151 (-0.3 miles) to US-151 (+0.2 miles) Major All lanes closed and both shoulders open 5/20/15 7:00 AM to 7/1/15 5:00 PM WisDOT Construction - I 94 - COLUMBUS | USH 151 S JCT INTERCHANGE AREA | STH 73 | COLUMBIA
SB WI-100 from Hampton Ave to WI-190 Major Left lane closed, two lanes open 5/15/15 7:00 PM to 5/22/15 7:00 PM WisDOT Construction - MAYFAIR RD, CITY WAUWATOSA, MILW | BURLEIGH ST - SILVER SPRING DR | STH 100 | MILWAUKEE
Ramp from SB IL-171 to NB Stevenson / I-55 281.9 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/31/15 12:00 AM to 10/31/15 11:59 PM IDOT ***Long Term Closure***
NB IL-171 at Main St Major All lanes and shoulders closed 4/20/15 7:00 AM to 6/1/15 11:59 PM IDOT Storm sewer and manhole reconstruction; DETOUR: Southbound IL 171 traffic will be directed right (west) onto Lake Street, then left (south) on 5th Avenue, then left (east) on Madison Street, and then back to southbound IL 171. Northbound IL 171 traffic will be directed left (west) onto Madison Street, then right (north) on 5th Avenue, then right (east) on Lake Street, and then back to Northbound IL 171.
SB IL-171 at Main St Major All lanes and shoulders closed 4/20/15 7:00 AM to 6/1/15 11:59 PM IDOT Storm sewer and manhole reconstruction; DETOUR: Southbound IL 171 traffic will be directed right (west) onto Lake Street, then left (south) on 5th Avenue, then left (east) on Madison Street, and then back to southbound IL 171. Northbound IL 171 traffic will be directed left (west) onto Madison Street, then right (north) on 5th Avenue, then right (east) on Lake Street, and then back to Northbound IL 171.
NB WI-241 from Forest Hill Ave to Minnesota Ave Major Left lane closed, two lanes open 4/20/15 12:00 AM to 7/18/15 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - 27th St, City Franklin/Oak Creek | W Drexel Ave - College Ave (Cth Zz) | Sth 241 | MILWAUKEE
NB WI-241 from Minnesota Ave to Ramsey Ave Major Left lane closed, two lanes open 5/4/15 12:00 AM to 7/18/15 11:00 PM WisDOT Construction - 27th St, City Franklin/Oak Creek | W Drexel Ave - College Ave (Cth Zz) | Sth 241 | MILWAUKEE
SB WI-241 from Ramsey Ave to Minnesota Ave Major Left lane closed, two lanes open 5/4/15 12:00 AM to 7/18/15 11:00 PM WisDOT Construction - 27th St, City Franklin/Oak Creek | W Drexel Ave - College Ave (Cth Zz) | Sth 241 | MILWAUKEE
SB WI-241 from Minnesota Ave to Forest Hill Ave Major Left lane closed, two lanes open 4/27/15 12:00 AM to 7/18/15 11:00 PM WisDOT Construction - 27th St, City Franklin/Oak Creek | W Drexel Ave - College Ave (Cth Zz) | Sth 241 | MILWAUKEE
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 Harrison Ave (IL-251) at 11th St Major All lanes and shoulders closed 5/11/15 7:00 AM to 5/22/15 11:59 PM IDOT Follow marked detour; No Permits - Effective May 11 through May 22, 2015
SB Harrison Ave (IL-251) at 11th St Major All lanes and shoulders closed 5/11/15 7:00 AM to 5/22/15 11:59 PM IDOT Follow marked detour; No Permits - Effective May 11 through May 22, 2015
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***
Ramp from SB Stevenson / I-55 to SB IL-171 282.8 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/31/15 12:00 AM to 10/31/15 11:59 PM IDOT Access to cd system from SB I-55 closed ***Long Term Closure***
EB Washington St from West St to County St Major All lanes and shoulders closed 4/28/15 7:00 AM to 3/1/16 3:00 PM Lake County For more information refer to the project website: www.lakecountycourthouseexpansion.com
WB Washington St from County St to West St Major All lanes and shoulders closed 4/28/15 7:00 AM to 3/1/16 3:00 PM Lake County For more information refer to the project website: www.lakecountycourthouseexpansion.com

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-69 Closure at Michigan Rd, Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan

As part of the project to rebuild the I-69/I-94 interchange, Michigan Road has been closed over I-69 since fall 2013. During the next week, eastbound I-69 will be closed between I-94 and Lapeer Road to allow crews to set beams in place to rebuild Michigan Road.

TRAFFIC IMPACT:

  • 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 - 6 a.m. Wednesday, May 27
  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 27 - 6 a.m. Thursday, May 28
    • Eastbound I-69 will be closed at I-94. Traffic will be detoured via westbound I-94, Range Road, eastbound I-94, and eastbound I-69.
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, May 28 - 6 a.m. Friday, May 29
  • 8 p.m. Friday, May 29 - 6 a.m. Saturday, May 30
    • The eastbound I-94 ramps to eastbound and westbound I-69 will be closed and traffic detoured.
    • Eastbound I-94 traffic will be detoured to the Lapeer Connector, then westbound I-69 to westbound I-94.
    • Eastbound I-69 traffic will be detoured via the Lapeer Connector, Lapeer Road, 24th Street, and eastbound I-69 Business Loop.
5/21/2015 2:04 PM

   Drive Safely, Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel

Whether you’re witnessing “the greatest spectacle in racing”, vacationing, visiting family and friends, or just passing through, the state of Indiana urges drivers to plan extra travel time this Memorial Day travel weekend, to stay informed on road conditions and to drive safely.

Know before you go

Before getting on the road, drivers are encouraged to prepare their vehicles and check green-yellow-red traffic speeds on their mobile map app of choice or INDOT’s map at http://indot.carsprogram.org. INDOT’s TrafficWise service also details construction projects and traffic incidents at 800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 on your mobile phone.

Travel time estimates will be provided on 30 travel time signs and dynamic message signs around the state. For social media updates on Facebook and Twitter, find your INDOT regional district at www.in.gov/indot/3074.htm.

Indy 500 traffic

Race fans driving to Indianapolis 500 festivities this weekend should plan their routes to the track and designate a sober driver home. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway provides directions, transportation options and general race information at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/indy500/fan-info/directions-and-zones/

INDOT traffic management staff will be on duty during the race, monitoring traffic cameras and congestion, coordinating with law enforcement, and posting information to dynamic message signs. Traffic updates will also be posted to Twitter at @IndStatePolice, @SpeedwayPD and @TrafficWise.

INDOT’s Hoosier Helpers freeway service patrol sponsored by State Farm will assist all weekend in keeping traffic flowing. On Sunday, May 24, INDOT encourages through travelers to avoid race traffic on I-465 and I-65 on the west side of Indianapolis.

Road work hiatus

To maximize mobility during the Memorial Day weekend, INDOT directs contractors to pull back barrels and barricades in highway work zones to the safest extent possible. Lane or ramp closures will remain in place on the following heavily-traveled highways:

Northwest Indiana

    I-94 between SR 249 (Exit 19) and SR 149 in Porter County is reduced to two lanes in each direction due to bridge rehabilitation.
    U.S. 31 at 7A Road near Plymouth is reduced to one lane in each direction for interchange construction.

Northeast Indiana

    I-469 near Fort Wayne is reduced to one lane in each direction from I-69 (Exit 0) to Tillman Road (Exit 15).
    I-69 near Auburn and Garrett has shifting traffic lanes in both directions between Exit 326 and S.R. 8 (Exit 329).

East Central Indiana

    U.S. 31 is reduced to one lane in each direction for freeway construction north of Indianapolis near S.R. 32. The S.R. 32 ramp entering northbound U.S. 31 is closed. The northbound U.S. 31 exit ramp to S.R. 32 opens by May 22.

West Central Indiana

    I-74 is reduced to one lane in each direction for paving west of Crawfordsville between S.R. 25 (Exit 25) and U.S. 231 (Exit 34).
    I-70 is reduced to one lane in each direction and shifted to share the eastbound lanes for bridge work near Terre Haute between National Road (Exit 1) and U.S. 41 (Exit 7).

Southwest Indiana

    All ramps to and from eastbound S.R. 66/Lloyd Expressway at U.S. 41 in Evansville are closed for construction.

 Southeast Indiana

    I-65 is reduced to narrow lanes between State Road 252 (Exit 80) near Edinburgh and S.R. 44 (Exit 90) near Franklin for resurfacing. To maintain two lanes in each direction, the northbound left lane crosses the median to west/southbound side of the interstate.
    Sections of State Road 37 from Bloomington to just south of Martinsville are reduced to one lane in each direction for Interstate 69 construction.

Driver tips

Indiana State Police will continue to enforce construction zone safety. They will be specifically looking for drivers who speed, follow too closely, make unsafe lane changes, drive aggressively and fail to buckle up or to properly restrain children. Troopers will also be vigilantly looking for impaired drivers.

To help ensure motorists reach their destinations safely, please remember these safe driving tips:

    Make sure you are well rested before traveling.
    Avoid tailgating. Remember the two-second rule.
    Obey posted speed limits and always use turn signals when turning or making lane changes.
    Make sure everyone is properly buckled – especially children.
    Never drink and drive. If you are going to consume alcohol, make sure you have a designated driver.

More I-65 work begins next week

Two projects will begin impacting I-65 traffic after Memorial Day.

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, the two lanes of I-65 in each direction will be reduced to 35 mph routed through the ramps at Exit 193, across U.S. 231 and back onto I-65. All U.S. 231 access will be closed at Exit 193 near Chalmers and Wolcott in White County for 23 days while contractors overlay the I-65 bridges.

Beginning Wednesday, May 27, the I-65 northbound ramp to I-70 westbound will be closed for about two months. Traffic will be detoured west on I-465 while contractors refurbish two ramp bridges at I-65/I-70 south split in downtown Indianapolis. More information is at SouthSplit.in.gov.

The two projects are part of ongoing efforts to widen and refurbish sections of I-65 between Louisville, Ky., and Gary. Motorists should expect reduced speeds, lane closures and travel delays as I-65 work intensifies throughout the year.

5/21/2015 12:12 PM

   Temporary, Overnight Lane Closures Scheduled to Begin Next Week on I-290 for Elgin O'Hare Western Access Project

Beam installation for reconstruction of the ramp connecting eastbound Illinois Route 390 to westbound I-290

Temporary, overnight lane closures on I-290 are scheduled throughout  next week to accommodate reconstruction of the ramp carrying eastbound Illinois Route 390 to westbound I-290. Electronic message signs will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to the overnight closures.

Weather permitting, overnight work is scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 26, including intermittent, full closures of eastbound I-290 lasting no longer than 15 minutes, for beam installation. In addition, intermittent, full closures will also be scheduled on the ramp from westbound Illinois Route 390 to eastbound I-290 and on the ramp from eastbound I-290 to Illinois Route 390.

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, one lane in both directions on I-290 between Irving Park Road and Devon Avenue will close at 7 p.m. for work to prepare for beam installation. A second lane in both directions will close at 9 p.m. A third eastbound lane will close at 11 p.m. Intermittent, full closures of the eastbound I-290 will be scheduled between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27, ahead of the morning rush hour. Similar overnight closures on eastbound I-290 and the ramp from westbound Illinois Route 390 to eastbound I-290 are scheduled to continue on Wednesday, May 27, into Thursday, May 28, for beam installation.

On Thursday, May 28, overnight work will continue with lane closures on westbound I-290 at the Illinois Route 390, including intermittent, full closures lasting no longer than 15 minutes. In addition, intermittent, full closures are scheduled on the ramp from eastbound Illinois Route 390 to westbound I-290.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, one westbound lane on I-290 is scheduled to close for work to prepare for beam installation. A second lane is scheduled to close at 9 p.m. and a third at 11 p.m. Intermittent, full closures of the roadway will be scheduled between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. All lanes are scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. on Friday, May 29, ahead of the morning rush hour.

Similar overnight closures on westbound I-290 are scheduled to continue on Saturday, May 30, into Sunday, May 31, with all lanes scheduled to reopen by 7 a.m. A backup closure is scheduled for Sunday, May 31, into Monday, June 1, if needed to complete the beam installation.

Full closures on I-290 are being scheduled overnight to minimize the impact to daily commuters. Up to 240,000 vehicles a day travel through the Illinois Route 390/I-290 area. Work on the new I-290 Interchange and detours are being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Cook County and the village of Itasca, along with local police and fire departments.

I-290 Interchange Project


As part of the EOWA Project, the Illinois Tollway is completely rebuilding the I-290 Interchange at Illinois Route 390, formerly known as the Elgin O'Hare Expressway. Currently, about 83,000 vehicles per day use ramps at Illinois Route 390/I-290 Interchange; 127,000 vehicles per day are expected to use the new interchange ramps when it opens in 2017 – an increase of more than 53 percent. Today, about 240,000 vehicles a day travel through the Illinois Route 390/I-290 area. By 2030, that number is expected to increase to 340,000.

The Illinois Tollway began construction this spring on the high-speed flyover ramp bridge and ramps connecting westbound I-290 to Illinois Route 390 and eastbound I-290 to westbound Illinois Route 390. These pieces of the interchange project will include eight concrete piers with 6- to 8-foot-diameter columns and 54 steel girders to support the new ramps. The total length of the flyover ramp bridge will be 2,100 feet long with a bridge deck that will be 34 feet above grade at its highest point. The flyover ramp bridge is scheduled to be opened to traffic in 2015.

The I-290 Interchange Project is estimated at approximately $440 million and will include 17 ramps and 15 new bridges in the interchange area between Meacham/Medinah Road and Prospect Avenue and will create direct access with a new fly-over ramp and free-flow traffic movements to and from Illinois Route 390 in all directions. The I-290 Interchange Project also includes construction of a new Rohlwing Road Bridge and access improvements along Illinois Route 390 between Meacham Road/Medinah Road and Prospect Avenue. The new I-290 Interchange Project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.

Maps and construction project information about the EOWA Project are available in the “Projects by Roadway” section in the Construction/Planning section on the Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com.

The $3.4 billion Elgin O'Hare Western Access Project is included in the Tollway's 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Moving the Future.

Work Zone Safety


A 55 mph speed limit is in effect 24/7 on I-290. 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.

5/19/2015 3:25 PM

   Lane closures on Arsenal Road near I-55

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that additional lane closures will be required for work on northbound Arsenal Road at the interchange with I-55. These lane closures will begin, weather permitting. Wednesday, May 27.

In order to complete the work, two separate closures will be necessary along northbound Arsenal Road:

From Wednesday, May 27 until Monday, June 1, just north of Exxon Mobil's main entrance, one lane of northbound Arsenal Road will be closed.
From Friday, May 29, at 9 p.m. until Monday, June 1, at 5 a.m., one lane will be closed on the exit ramp from I-55 to Arsenal Road.   

The work, which includes patching failed PCC pavement joints, will be complete by June 1.

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 www.dot.state.il.us. Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at www.travelmidwest.com.

5/15/2015 12:37 PM

   Weekend Closure and Lane Restrictions on I-35E in St. Paul Begins May 27

Some ramps will reopen to accommodate traffic

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Motorists will encounter a weekend road closure and detour on Interstate 35E between I-94 and Maryland Avenue in St. Paul beginning May 29. Additional lane closures and restrictions are scheduled during the week, prior to the weekend closure.

Beginning at approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 27 southbound I-35E will be two lanes between Little Canada Road and University Avenue. The two lane configuration will remain in place until later this year.

On May 29, northbound I-35E between I-94 and Cayuga Street will close. Southbound I-35E will remain open to traffic. Crews will begin closing ramps to northbound I-35E at 8 p.m. May 29. The freeway will close at 9 p.m. Northbound I-35E will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, June 1.

During the weekend closure, northbound I-35E/eastbound I-94 motorists will be detoured to eastbound I-94 and northbound/westbound I-694 to northbound I-35E. Motorists on westbound I-94 will be detoured to northbound Highway 280, northbound I-35W and eastbound I-694 to access northbound I-35E.

The exit ramp from northbound I-35E to Cayuga Street will remain closed until mid-June. During the ramp closure, motorists will access Cayuga Street via westbound Maryland Avenue and southbound Jackson Street.

Additionally, on June 1, before morning rush hours, the southbound I-35E ramp to Maryland Avenue will close and the southbound ramp to Roselawn Avenue will reopen. During the ramp closure at Maryland Avenue, southbound I-35E motorists will be detoured to westbound Larpenteur Avenue, southbound Rice Street and Maryland Avenue. The Maryland Avenue ramp will reopen by the end of August.

The southbound I-35E exit ramp to Roselawn Avenue will remain open for part of the spring/summer, but will close again later this summer for additional reconstruction. Information will be provided when the scheduled it finalized.

All construction work is weather permitting and the closures may be rescheduled in the case of poor weather conditions.

The work is part of the I-35E Cayuga and MnPASS projects, which aim to reconstruct I-35E and add a MnPASS lane between Little Canada and St. Paul. Read more about the projects at www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/35estpaul.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

5/22/2015 3:49 PM

   Temporary, Overnight Lane Closures Scheduled for Bridge Removal on Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90)

Work Scheduled at Garden Prairie Road and Anthony Road Bridges as part of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project

Temporary, overnight lane closures on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) at Garden Prairie Road and Anthony Road are scheduled to begin tonight, May 21, and continue next week for removal of the bridges carrying traffic over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90). Reconstruction of the local crossroad bridges is part of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project and is scheduled to be complete this year.

Roadway closures for bridge removal is scheduled to be done during overnight hours to minimize the impact on traffic. Electronic message signs will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to the overnight closures. 

Weather permitting, tonight, Wednesday, May 20, overnight lane closures are scheduled in both directions on I-90 at Garden Prairie Road in Boone County.  Similar overnight lane closures are scheduled on Thursday, May 21.

The overnight lane closures on I-90 at Garden Prairie Road will begin after 8 p.m., closing two lanes in each direction on I-90. In addition, temporary, full closures of the roadway, each lasting no longer than 15 minutes, are scheduled to begin after midnight, with all lanes reopening by 5 a.m. the following morning, ahead of rush hour.

In addition, weather permitting, beginning the week of May 26, overnight lane closures will be scheduled in both directions on I-90 at Anthony Road in McHenry County. Electronic message signs will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to the overnight closures.

Overnight lane closures on I-90 at Anthony Road will begin after 8 p.m., closing two lanes in each direction on I-90. Temporary, full closures of the roadway, each lasting no longer than 15 minutes, are scheduled to begin after midnight, with all lanes scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. the following morning, ahead of rush hour.

The Garden Prairie Road Bridge in Boone County and the Anthony Road Bridge in McHenry County are currently closed for reconstruction and are scheduled to reopen this fall.

The bridges, which were both originally built in the 1950s, will be reconstructed to accommodate the new, wider I-90 roadway. The new bridges will be reconstructed to include one lane in both directions and shoulders. Up to 180 vehicles use Garden Prairie Road on a daily basis. Up to 50 vehicles use Anthony Road on a daily basis.  

Reconstruction of the Garden Prairie Road and Anthony Road Bridges is being coordinated with Boone and McHenry counties, Riley Township and the Illinois Department of Transportation, along with local school districts and police and fire departments.

The bridges are among five local crossroad bridges scheduled to be reconstructed along I-90 this year to accommodate the new, wider I-90 roadway. Local crossroad bridges being removed and reconstructed in 2015 also include the Higgins Road Bridge (Illinois Route 72) in Gilberts, with work continuing on the Tyrrell Road Bridge and the Higgins Road Bridge (Illinois Route 72) in Hoffman Estates.

Maps and construction project information about the I-90 local crossroad bridge projects are available in the “Projects by Roadway” section in the Construction/Planning section on the Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com.

Work Zone Safety

The work zone speed limit on I-90 at both Garden Prairie Road and Anthony Road is 55 mph in both directions, whether or not workers are present. Drivers should continue to 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.

I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project

The $2.5 billion Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project will deliver a 21st century, state-of-the-art corridor linking Rockford to O’Hare International Airport. The I-90 corridor from downtown Chicago to Rockford serves nearly one million travelers per day. The project encompasses 62 miles and features six reconstructed and expanded lanes from Randall Road to I-39 near Rockford completed in 2014 and reconstruction and expansion to eight lanes from the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to Randall Road in Elgin to be completed in 2016. The new I-90 will also feature significant improvements to seven interchanges and bus on shoulder service along the eastern segment in partnership with Pace. In addition, the new I-90 includes flexible infrastructure to enable the Tollway to add new “smart” features and future transit expansion for the first time in the agency’s history.

The I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project is funded by the Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, The $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.
 

Getting Tollway Construction Information

The Illinois Tollway has a variety of ways customers can get the latest travel information, including:

·        www.illinoistollway.com – Construction/Planning section, Tollway Trip Calculator, live roadway images and real-time roadway incident information
·        1-800-TOLL-FYI – Daily lane closure information
·        www.travelmidwest.com – Real-time travel times
·        www.twitter.com – Real-time roadway incident information at Tollway Trip 90, Tollway Trip 88, Tollway Trip 355 and Tollway Trip 94/294

About Move Illinois

The Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future, will improve mobility, relieve congestion, reduce pollution, create as many as 120,000 jobs and link economies across the Midwest region. Move Illinois will address the remaining needs of the existing Tollway system; rebuild and widen the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) as a state-of-the-art 21st century corridor; construct a new interchange to connect the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to I-57; build a new, all-electronic Elgin O’Hare Western Access and fund planning studies for the Illinois Route 53/120 Project, Illiana Expressway and other emerging projects.

About the Illinois Tollway

The Illinois Tollway is a user-fee system that receives no state or federal funds for maintenance and operations. The agency maintains and operates 286 miles of interstate tollways in 12 counties in Northern Illinois, including the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) and the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80).

5/20/2015 8:32 PM

   Lane closures along Torrence Avenue over Grand Calumet River Bridge

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that lane closures are necessary along Torrence Avenue over the Grand Calumet River (approximately 1 mile south of 130thStreet) in the City of Chicago starting, weather permitting, Wednesday, May 20.
 
During a routine bridge inspection, deterioration of the main truss members was discovered. In order to ensure the safety of the traveling public, the right lane in both the northbound and southbound directionswill be closed and the bridge posted for 15 Tons while the inspection is completed, and an analysis of the structure is performed.
 
Once the analysis of the truss members is complete, the Department will evaluate repair options, to allow us to reopen the traffic lanes.   Ultimately, the replacement of this structure is included in the Department's FY 2016-2021 Proposed Highway Improvement Program.
 
Since Torrence Avenue is not a designated truck route, a truck detour will not be posted for the 15 Ton restriction.  Trucks should seek alternate routes, such as the Bishop Ford Expressway, or possibly Burnham Ave to the east.
 
The bridge over the Grand Calumet River, which has an Average Daily Traffic (ADT) total of about 12,700, should be fully open to traffic once repairs are complete.
 
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.

5/20/2015 12:57 PM

   Illinois Tollway Urges Safe Driving This Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

The Illinois Tollway urges customers planning their first summer road trip of the season this Memorial Day holiday weekend to make safe driving a top priority. Drivers are reminded to slow down in construction work zones, obey distracted driving laws and stop at one of six conveniently located oases along the Tollway system to avoid tired driving.

 A record 7.4 million vehicles are expected to travel the Tollway system this Memorial Day holiday from Friday, May 22, through Tuesday, May 26, an increase of more than 4 percent from the same period last year. The heaviest travel day is anticipated to be Friday, May 22, when nearly 1.9 million vehicles are projected to be on the road. On an average day, about 1.5 million vehicles use the Tollway.

 “With a record number of vehicles anticipated on the Illinois Tollway during the holiday weekend, drivers need to stay alert, stay off their phones and use caution at all times when traveling through work zones,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur. “We want all our customers to arrive at their destinations safely and enjoy the holiday weekend.”

 Drivers are urged to slow down and expect the unexpected when traveling through construction work zones, even though workers may not be present. During construction season, drivers should be prepared for sudden stops, changing traffic patterns, rough surfaces, uneven pavement and slower speeds when entering a work zone. On average, there are more than 4,300 work zone motor vehicle crashes each year in Illinois, with more than 1,000 resulting in injuries. Last year, 29 people died a result of those crashes.

 Drivers are also encouraged to “Drop It and Drive.” Using a hand-held cellphone while driving is not only deadly and dangerous, it is illegal in Illinois. The use of electronic communications devices or any other electronic device, to text, email, compose, read or send electronic messages or access Internet sites while driving a motor vehicle also is prohibited. In Illinois, more than 6,000 crashes occurred from 2009 to 2013 in which some form of driver distraction involving a cellphone was cited by police. Of those, 33 were fatal.

 Illinois Tollway oases are a perfect place for drivers to rest and refuel on the way to their destinations, helping motorists avoid tired, reckless driving. Nationwide, driver fatigue results in an estimated 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries each year and nearly 40 percent of adult drivers have fallen asleep at the wheel. Tollway oases provide drivers an opportunity to check their vehicles, obtain fuel or simply take a break. The oases offer a variety of services for travelers and provide access to retail shops, restaurants, spacious food courts, panoramic windows, kid-friendly spaces and free Wi-Fi services. A map of Tollway oases can be found online at www.illinoistollway.com.

 To accommodate increased holiday travel on the Illinois Tollway, construction activity will be restricted over the weekend to better serve Tollway customers. Temporary maintenance and construction lane closures will be suspended from Friday night, May 22, through 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26. Some work may continue to keep work on schedule.

 Areas where work zones will continue during the holiday include:

 Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90)

Between the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) and Illinois Route 31, three lanes of traffic are available in both directions, but traffic is shifted at various points to provide construction work zones.

· At the Elmhurst Road Interchange, ramps carrying northbound Elmhurst Road traffic traveling to and from the east on I-90 are currently closed with traffic is routed at signalized intersections to the ramps used to carry southbound Elmhurst Road traffic traveling to and from the east.

· At the Genoa Road Interchange near Belvidere, construction is underway with new ramps open for traffic traveling to and from the east.

 Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80)

Construction is underway on various ramps at the Grand Avenue (Illinois Route 132) Interchange. All ramps are open and traffic shifts are in place on I-94.
The ramp carrying westbound I-94 to eastbound Grand Avenue is scheduled to open to two lanes and shift to the right side prior to Memorial Day weekend.
Between 131st Street and the Midlothian Turnpike, traffic shifts are in place in the southbound lanes.

· The ramp carrying southbound I-294/I-80 traffic onto Illinois Route 394 is reduced to one lane.

 Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88)

· Between Illinois Route 251 near Rochelle and Chicago Avenue (U.S. Route 52) near Dixon, traffic is reduced to one lane in both directions.

 Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project – Illinois Route 390

Between Lake Street (U.S. Route 20) and I-290, traffic shifts are in place at various points on Illinois Route 390.

· On I-290, eastbound traffic exiting to Illinois Route 390 is shifted onto a single ramp. At the end of the ramp, vehicles use the same traffic signal, with westbound traffic directed to turn right and eastbound traffic directed to turn left.

· On I-290 at Illinois Route 390, both directions are shifted and the shoulders are closed.

 Tollway Travel Information

The Tollway offers the following ways for drivers to get the latest travel information before they get on the road:

· www.illinoistollway.com – Construction/Planning section, Tollway Trip Calculator, live roadway images and real-time roadway incident information

· 1-800-TOLL-FYI – Daily lane closure and travel information

· www.travelmidwest.com – Real-time travel times

· www.twitter.com – Real-time roadway incident information at Tollway Trip 90, Tollway Trip 88, Tollway Trip 355 and Tollway Trip 94/294

 Illinois State Police District 15 Out in Force

Throughout the holiday weekend, Illinois State Police District 15 troopers will be conducting Special Traffic Enforcement Patrols on the Tollway, concentrating on enforcement of the fatal four offenses: speeding, driving under the influence, seat belt compliance and distracted driving.

On average, there are more than 4,300 work zone motor vehicle crashes annually in Illinois. Last year, 29 people died as a result of those crashes.

“District 15 will be deploying extra patrols using unmarked cars and motorcycles to watch for speeding and other dangerous driving, particularly in construction work zones,” said Acting District 15 Commander Robert Meeder. “We are asking drivers to help us keep the Tollway safe by slowing down and putting away their cellphones so they can focus only on traveling safely.”

5/20/2015 7:08 AM

   I-39 between Rockford and Rochelle

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces today that weather permitting, construction work on I-39 will begin on Sunday evening, April 26, 2015. Work is starting to resurface the 20 mile section of I-39 from Baxter Road south of Rockford to I-88 near Rochelle. Rock Road Companies and William Charles Construction Company are the two contractors for the $33 million project that is expected to take two construction seasons to complete.

To minimize traffic congestion and reduce travel delays, work will be scheduled to have all lanes open by Friday morning for each weekend. The contractors can start work at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening and must have all lanes open by 8:00 a.m. on Friday morning. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in the areas where work operations are underway.

Work will begin at the north end of the 20 mile project near Baxter Road and proceed toward Rochelle. The contractors will be making concrete pavement repairs, milling off the existing bituminous overlays and resurfacing the roadway. The pavement under many of the overhead bridges will be removed and replaced to improve the vertical clearances under the structures.

Motorists need to be extra alert when traveling through the area at night. Most of the construction work will be done between 7:00 p.m. in the evening and 8:00 a.m. the next morning. Drivers need to reduce speed because of the limited visibility and slowing moving construction vehicles that will be entering and exiting the work areas. Drivers should also be prepared to stop for vehicles moving slowly because of the lane closures.

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

4/24/2015 12:11 AM

   Extensive Bridge Reconstruction Work 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 171 will 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

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

   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

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