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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.

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Travel Time Watch Zones
Roadway Congestion From To Travel Time (minutes) Average Travel Time (minutes) Distance (miles) Speed (mph)
SB I-294 Light congestion I-190 / O'Hare Cermak Rd (22nd St) Plaza 17 12 10.7 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:

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Major Construction
Location Mile Marker Severity Closure Details Time Periods Source Description
Ramp from SB I-57 to 147th St 350.4 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 12/18/14 9:00 PM to 12/19/14 6:00 AM IDOT
EB I-90 (Jane Addams Memorial Tollway) from Sleepy Hollow Rd (-0.1 miles) to Sleepy Hollow Rd (+0.3 miles) 53.2 to 53.6 Major Left two lanes closed, two to four lanes open 12/19/14 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Illinois Tollway Rdwy Widening and Reconst.
Ramp from EB I-90 to EB I-94 20.4 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 6/5/14 6:00 AM to 12/28/14 11:59 PM Indiana Toll Road Detour in place; *** Long Term Closure ***
WB I-90 (Jane Addams Memorial Tollway) from Town Hall Rd (+0.8 miles) to US-20 Bypass (+0.8 miles) 21.0 to 19.0 Major Right two lanes closed, one lane open 12/18/14 8:00 PM to 12/19/14 5:00 AM Illinois Tollway Pavement Widening and Reconstruction; Eight (8) 15 minute WB FULL CLOSRUES with Trooper Assistance at 12:01 AM, 12:30 AM, 1:00 AM, 1:30 AM, 2:45 AM, 3:15 AM, 3:$5 AM & 4:15 AM
EB I-94 from WI-50 (+0.3 miles) to Wilmot Rd (+0.2 miles) 344.3 to 345.8 Major Right two lanes closed, one lane open 12/16/14 9:30 PM to 12/19/14 10:00 PM WisDOT Construction - N-S FREEWAY, STH 142 INTERCHANGE | MAINLINE & RAMPS | I 94 | KENOSHA
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-165 (+0.4 miles) to Wilmot Rd (+0.2 miles) 346.6 to 345.4 Major Right two lanes closed, one lane open 12/16/14 9:30 PM to 12/19/14 8:00 PM WisDOT Construction - N-S FREEWAY, STH 142 INTERCHANGE | MAINLINE & RAMPS | I 94 | KENOSHA
WB I-94 from 68th St (-0.1 miles) to I-894 306.4 to 304.3 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 12/18/14 10:00 PM to 12/19/14 4:30 AM WisDOT Construction - Detour: I-94 WB to 70th to Greenfield to I-894/US 45 SB or to Moorland to I-94 West. AND I-94 WB to O'Connor to 76th to Bluemound to Glenview to Watertown Plank to US 45.
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)
EB US-18 from 97th St to 95th St Major All lanes and shoulders closed 10/16/14 12:00 AM to 5/22/15 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Take 108th st SB to Greenfield, Greenfield EB to 84th st, 84th NB to Kearney, Kearney EB to 76th st, 76th NB to Bluemound.
WB US-18 from WI-181 (-0.1 miles) to WI-181 Major Left lane closed, two lanes open 12/9/14 12:00 AM to 5/22/15 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - ZOO IC, ZOO INTERCHANGE PHASE 1 | LINCOLN - BLUEMOUND, 121ST - 70TH | USH 45 | MILWAUKEE
WB US-18 from 95th St to 97th St Major All lanes and shoulders closed 10/16/14 12:00 AM to 5/22/15 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Take 84th st NB to WTP, WTP WB to 108th st, 108th st SB to Bluemound.
SB US-31 from Jewell Ave to Yoder St Major All lanes and shoulders closed 7/28/14 9:00 AM to 12/31/14 11:59 PM InDOT Drivers will be able to continue accessing US-31 by way of Main Street, Kern Road, and Ireland Road.
SB US-31 from Yoder St to Dice St Major All lanes and shoulders closed 7/28/14 9:00 AM to 12/31/14 11:59 PM InDOT Drivers will be able to continue accessing US-31 by way of Main Street, Kern Road, and Ireland Road.
SB US-31 from Dice St to Pulling St Major All lanes and shoulders closed 7/28/14 9:00 AM to 12/31/14 11:59 PM InDOT Drivers will be able to continue accessing US-31 by way of Main Street, Kern Road, and Ireland Road.
SB US-31 from Pulling St to Gilmer St Major All lanes and shoulders closed 7/28/14 9:00 AM to 12/31/14 11:59 PM InDOT Drivers will be able to continue accessing US-31 by way of Main Street, Kern Road, and Ireland Road.
SB US-31 from Gilmer St to Pasadena Ave Major All lanes and shoulders closed 7/28/14 9:00 AM to 12/31/14 11:59 PM InDOT Drivers will be able to continue accessing US-31 by way of Main Street, Kern Road, and Ireland Road.
SB US-31 from Pasadena Ave to Detroit Ave Major All lanes and shoulders closed 7/28/14 9:00 AM to 12/31/14 11:59 PM InDOT Drivers will be able to continue accessing US-31 by way of Main Street, Kern Road, and Ireland Road.
SB US-31 from Detroit Ave to Lucinda St Major All lanes and shoulders closed 7/28/14 9:00 AM to 12/31/14 11:59 PM InDOT Drivers will be able to continue accessing US-31 by way of Main Street, Kern Road, and Ireland Road.
NB US-45 from County Hwy Nn (+0.3 miles) to Paradise Dr Major Left lane closed, two lanes open 12/19/14 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM WisDOT Maintenance - Accident Repair
EB IL-64 at Thatcher Ave Major All lanes and shoulders closed 6/23/14 7:00 AM to 12/31/14 11:59 PM IDOT Bridge Reconstruction Project; A detour route will be posted to access southbound Thatcher Avenue at Chicago Avenue and to access northbound Thatcher at Fullerton Avenue.
WB IL-64 at Thatcher Ave Major All lanes and shoulders closed 6/23/14 7:00 AM to 12/31/14 11:59 PM IDOT Bridge Reconstruction Project; A detour route will be posted to access southbound Thatcher Avenue at Chicago Avenue and to access northbound Thatcher at Fullerton Avenue.
WB IL-75 from Pecatonica River to Galena Ave Major All lanes and shoulders closed 9/15/14 8:00 AM to 6/30/15 11:59 PM IDOT The Road will be closed to traffic; Follow marked detour:: Road Closed - No Permits - Effective 09/29/2014 through 12/15/2014
WB IL-75 from Galena Ave to Pecatonica River Major All lanes and shoulders closed 9/15/14 8:00 AM to 6/30/15 11:59 PM IDOT The Road will be closed to traffic; Follow marked detour:: Road Closed - No Permits - Effective 09/29/2014 through 12/15/2014
WB IL-75 from Pecatonica River to Galena Ave Major All lanes and shoulders closed 9/15/14 8:00 AM to 6/30/15 11:59 PM IDOT The Road will be closed to traffic; Follow marked detour:: Road Closed - No Permits - Effective 09/29/2014 through 12/15/2014
NWB WI-100 from WI-38 to WI-241 Major Left two lanes closed, one lane open 7/9/14 8:00 AM to 12/23/14 8:00 PM WisDOT Construction - RYAN RD | 27TH ST - STH 38 | STH 100 | MILWAUKEE
SEB WI-100 from WI-241 to WI-38 Major Left two lanes closed, one lane open 6/30/14 4:00 PM to 12/23/14 8:00 PM WisDOT Construction - RYAN RD | 27TH ST - STH 38 | STH 100 | MILWAUKEE
NB WI-120 from Sheridan Springs Rd to WI-36 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 12/19/14 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM WisDOT Emergency - Detour: US 12 WB to I-43 NB to WIS 11 EB
NB M-139 at Niles Main St Bridge Major All lanes and shoulders closed 10/13/14 6:00 AM to 11/15/15 11:59 PM MDOT During construction, traffic will be detoured on Lincoln Avenue, Grant Street, Broadway Street, North 5th Street, M-51, and Wayne Street.
SB M-139 at Niles Main St Bridge Major All lanes and shoulders closed 10/13/14 6:00 AM to 11/15/15 11:59 PM MDOT During construction, traffic will be detoured on Lincoln Avenue, Grant Street, Broadway Street, North 5th Street, M-51, and Wayne Street.
NB WI-181 from Oconnor St to Honey Creek Pky Major All lanes and shoulders closed 10/13/14 12:00 AM to 3/23/15 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Take Kearney to 76th st, 76th st NB to Bluemound, Bluemound WB to 84th st.
SB WI-181 from Honey Creek Pky to I-94 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 10/13/14 12:00 AM to 3/23/15 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Take Bluemound EB, 76th st SB, Kearney EB, 70th SB, Greenfield West to 84th st.
NWB Busse Hwy at Touhy Ave Major Various lanes closed 11/10/14 7:00 AM to 12/31/14 11:59 PM IDOT Detour: SEB Traffic to proceed EB On Elm St to SE on US-14 (Northwest Hwy) to west on Touhy Ave; NWB traffic to proceed EB on Touhy Ave to NW on US-14 (Northwest Hwy) to SB on Greenwood Ave to SE on Busse Hwy.
SEB Busse Hwy at Touhy Ave Major Various lanes closed 11/10/14 7:00 AM to 12/31/14 11:59 PM IDOT Detour: SEB Traffic to proceed EB On Elm St to SE on US-14 (Northwest Hwy) to west on Touhy Ave; NWB traffic to proceed EB on Touhy Ave to NW on US-14 (Northwest Hwy) to SB on Greenwood Ave to SE on Busse Hwy.
Ramp from WB Eisenhower / I-290 to SB I-90 30.0 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 12/18/14 11:59 PM to 12/19/14 5:00 AM IDOT Detour to Ashland and return
Entrance ramp from IL-47 to WB I-90 (Jane Addams Memorial Tollway) 46.2 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 12/18/14 11:00 PM to 12/19/14 5:00 AM Illinois Tollway Motorists can enter WB I-90 at the US-20 Interchange, about five miles west of IL-47.
EB Pecatonica River from Galena Ave to IL-75 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 9/15/14 8:00 AM to 6/30/15 11:59 PM IDOT The Road will be closed to traffic; Follow marked detour:: Road Closed - No Permits - Effective 09/29/2014 through 12/15/2014

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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   Expressway Lane, Ramp Closures for Harrison Street Bridge Project, Jane Byrne Interchange Reconstruction

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that starting tonight and throughout the remainder of the week, overnight lane and ramp closures will take place, weather permitting, to install beams for the new West Harrison Street Bridge over the Dan Ryan Expressway (Interstate 90/94). The work is part of the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange Improvement Project.

At 11:59 p.m. Tuesday night, the two left lanes of the outbound Dan Ryan will be closed until 5 a.m. Wednesday. The outbound Eisenhower Expressway (Interstate 290) ramp to the outbound Dan Ryan also will be closed during this time.

  • Between 1 and 5 a.m. Wednesday, there will be full closures of the outbound Dan Ryan for no longer than 15 minutes at a time. There also will be full closures of the inbound Eisenhower ramp to the outbound Dan Ryan for no longer than 15 minutes at a time during this same timeframe.

The same closures will be repeated on Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

  • Between 11:59 p.m. Thursday and 5 a.m. Friday, the outbound Eisenhower ramp to the outbound Dan Ryan will be closed. Between 1 and 5 a.m. Friday, the inbound Eisenhower ramp to the outbound Dan Ryan will be closed as well.
  • Between 1 and 5 a.m. Saturday, the outbound Eisenhower ramp to the outbound Dan Ryan and the inbound Eisenhower ramp to the outbound Dan Ryan will be closed.
  • Between 11:59 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday, the outbound Eisenhower ramp to the outbound Dan Ryan will be closed.

Detours for the ramp closures will be posted. Tonight and Wednesday night, traffic will be directed to the outbound Eisenhower to access the outbound Dan Ryan via the Ashland Avenue exit and entrance ramps and the inbound Eisenhower. For the overnight closures Thursday, Friday and Saturday, traffic will be directed to the outbound Kennedy Expressway (Interstate 90/94) to access the outbound Dan Ryan via the Augusta Boulevard exit and entrance ramps. 

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. Additional information on the Jane Byrne Interchange project can be found at www.circleinterchange.org.

12/17/2014 10:04 AM

   Overnight Lane Closures Scheduled This Weekend for Beam Removal at IL-25 on Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90)

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – Temporary, overnight lane closures are scheduled this weekend on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) for bridge beam removal on the Illinois Route 25 Bridge carrying traffic over I-90 in Elgin. The bridge remains open with traffic reduced to one lane in each direction for construction as part of the Illinois Route 25 Interchange Project.

Weather permitting, beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 19, one lane in both directions on I-90 will close between the Fox River Bridge and Illinois Route 25 for beam removal on the southbound side of the bridge, followed by closure of a second lane at 10 p.m. with intermittent full closures of the eastbound lanes scheduled between 11:30 p.m. and 2 a.m. and intermittent full closures of the westbound lanes scheduled between 2 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. on Saturday, December 20.

Similar overnight closures are scheduled on Saturday, December 20, with all lanes reopening by 5 a.m. on Sunday, December 21.

Construction is being coordinated with Kane and Cook counties, the city of Elgin and the Illinois Department of Transportation, along with local municipalities and police and fire departments. Up to 9,000 vehicles use the existing interchange daily.

Illinois Route 25 Interchange Project

The Illinois Route 25 Interchange Project is reconstructing the Illinois Route 25 Bridge over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), as well as the four ramps that make up the interchange, and includes improvements to Illinois Route 25 and construction of a Park & Ride facility by Pace. The project cost is estimated at $72 million with work scheduled to be complete in 2016.

The project will reconstruct the Illinois Route 25 Bridge and the ramp bridge carrying the westbound entrance and exit movements over I-90, rebuild the eastbound and westbound entrance and exit ramps and reconstruct the existing ramp toll plazas to provide one I-PASS Only lane and a lane with an automatic coin machine. The ramps will be reconstructed and realigned to accommodate the wider I-90 roadway and improve traffic flow.

The Illinois Route 25 Interchange Project is funded by the Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. The Illinois Route 25 Bridge and ramps were constructed as part of the original Tollway system in the 1950s.



 

12/17/2014 11:35 AM

   Reconstructed Ramp to Open at IL-25 Interchange on Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90)

Traffic shifts on I-90 and Illinois Route 25 Bridge over I-90 scheduled 

Traffic will be shifted onto a newly reconstructed ramp at the Illinois Route 25 Interchange on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) on November 21 as part of the $72 million interchange project in Elgin. The shift will allow work to rebuild the interchange to continue through the winter.

The Illinois Route 25 Interchange Project is reconstructing the Illinois Route 25 Bridge and the ramp bridge carrying westbound entrance and exit ramp traffic over I-90 to accommodate the new, wider roadway being built as part of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project. In addition, the existing ramps at this full-access interchange will be reconstructed.

Weather permitting, crews will open the reconstructed ramp carrying eastbound I-90 traffic to Illinois Route 25 before the evening rush hour on November 21. Traffic is currently traveling on a temporary ramp that was used during construction of the new ramp. Turn lanes on the ramp carrying traffic from I-90 to Illinois Route 25 will remain reduced to one right and one left turn lane during construction.

Traffic shifts are also scheduled on I-90 to prepare for winter construction at the interchange. Weather permitting, overnight lane closures are scheduled to begin after 7 p.m. on Monday, November 24, to shift eastbound traffic on I-90 to the right to provide a work zone on the left at the Illinois Route 25 Interchange. All lanes are scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. on Tuesday, November 25, ahead of the morning rush hour. A similar shift is scheduled for westbound traffic the week of December 1.

In addition, on Illinois Route 25 all traffic is scheduled to be shifted on the bridge carrying Illinois Route 25 over I-90 during the week of December 1. All traffic will be moved onto the newly reconstructed northbound side of the bridge. The southbound bridge will then be removed over the winter months and reconstruction of a new southbound bridge will begin in spring 2015.

Construction is being coordinated with Kane and Cook counties, the city of Elgin and the Illinois Department of Transportation, along with local municipalities and police and fire departments. Up to 9,000 vehicles use the existing interchange daily.

Illinois Route 25 Interchange Project

The Illinois Route 25 Interchange Project is reconstructing the Illinois Route 25 Bridge over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), as well as the four ramps that make up the interchange, and includes improvements to Illinois Route 25 and construction of a Park & Ride facility by Pace. The project cost is estimated at $72 million with work scheduled to be complete in 2016.

The project will reconstruct the Illinois Route 25 Bridge and the ramp bridge carrying the westbound entrance and exit movements over I-90, rebuild the eastbound and westbound entrance and exit ramps and reconstruct the existing ramp toll plazas to provide one I-PASS Only lane and one automatic coin machine. The ramps will be reconstructed and realigned to accommodate the wider I-90 roadway and will improve traffic flow.

The Illinois Route 25 Interchange Project is funded by the Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. The Illinois Route 25 Bridge and ramps were constructed as part of the original Tollway system in the 1950s.

Work Zone Safety

A 35 mph work zone speed limit is in effect 24/7 in the construction zone on Illinois Route 25 and ramps. The work zone speed limit on I-90 is 55 mph in both directions of I-90 between Illinois Route 25 and Elmhurst Road, whether or not workers are present, while a 45 mph work zone speed limit is in place in both directions west of Illinois Route 25. 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.

11/21/2014 12:42 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

   Busse Highway closed at Touhy Avenue

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that a portion of Busse Highway, where the road meets Touhy Avenue in the City of Park Ridge, will be closed for construction.

In order to complete the work, the following detours will occur:

  • Southeastern-bound traffic on Busse Highway will detour east onto Elm Street, continuing southeast to Northwest Highway and then west onto Touhy Avenue.
  • Northwestern-bound traffic on Busse Highway will detour east on to Touhy Avenue, continuing northwest to Northwest Highway and then south onto Greenwood Avenue and southeast onto Busse Highway.

Eastbound and westbound travel on Touhy Avenue will be reduced to single lanes, and motorists will not have the ability to turn at Busse Highway.

The project will remove and replace the pedestrian walkway at the Metra bridge, and is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 31.

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.

11/6/2014 3:44 PM

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