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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-57 Light congestion Dan Ryan I-80 23 15 13.7 miles 36 mph
SB I-57 Medium congestion Dan Ryan IL-83 (Sibley Blvd) 18 10 8.5 miles 29 mph
SB I-57 Medium congestion Dan Ryan 163rd 20 13 11.3 miles 33 mph

Major Incidents

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

There are no major incidents in the Travel Midwest region.

Major Construction

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

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

Major Construction
Location Mile Marker Severity Closure Details Time Periods Source Description
NB I-43/94 (North-South Fwy) from Lincoln Ave to Greenfield Ave 312.9 to 312.0 Major Right two lanes closed, one or two lanes open 3/2/15 9:30 PM to 3/3/15 5:30 AM daily until 3/4/15 WisDOT Construction - I 43 NORTH SOUTH | HOWARD AVE - THE VALLEY BRIDGE | I 43/I 94 | MILWAUKEE
SB I-43/94 (North-South Fwy) from Oklahoma Ave (+0.1 miles) to Howard Ave 314.3 to 315.0 Major Left two lanes closed, one lane open 3/2/15 9:30 PM to 3/3/15 5:30 AM daily until 3/5/15 WisDOT Construction - I 43 NORTH SOUTH | HOWARD AVE - THE VALLEY BRIDGE | I 43/I 94 | MILWAUKEE
Ramp from WB I-80 to I-94 21.0 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 6/30/14 7:00 AM to 3/15/15 11:59 PM Indiana Toll Road Lake Station exit ramp closed for Ramp Demo/Rebuild until Spring 2015; ***Long Term***
Ramp from EB IL-132 to WB I-94 8.6 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 2/27/15 7:00 AM to 5/19/15 11:59 PM Illinois Tollway Entrance Ramp Closed; *** Long Term Closure ***
WB I-94 from 68th St (-0.1 miles) to WI-100 (+0.2 miles) 306.4 to 303.5 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/2/15 10:00 PM to 3/3/15 5:00 AM WisDOT Construction - Detour: I-94 WB to 70th to Greenfield to I-894/US 45 South or to HWY 100 to I-94 West. And I-94 WB to O⿿Connor to 76th to Bluemound to Glenview to Watertown Plank to US45 North.
WB I-94 from 68th St (-0.1 miles) to WI-100 (+0.1 miles) 306.4 to 303.6 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/3/15 10:00 PM to 3/4/15 5:00 AM WisDOT Construction - Detour: I-94 WB to 70th to Greenfield to I-894/US 45 South or to HWY 100 to I-94 West. And I-94 WB to Oâ¿¿Connor to 76th to Bluemound to Glenview to Watertown Plank to US45 North.
Ramp from SB US-45 to WB I-94 0.1 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/2/15 10:00 PM to 3/3/15 5:00 AM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Take US45 South to Watertown Plank to HWY 100 to the I-94 West Ramp. OR US45 South to Greenfield to HWY 100 to the I94 West Ramp.
Ramp from SB US-45 to WB I-94 0.1 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/3/15 10:00 PM to 3/4/15 5:00 AM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Take US45 South to Watertown Plank to HWY 100 to the I-94 West Ramp. OR US45 South to Greenfield to HWY 100 to the I94 West Ramp.
NWB I-794 (Lake Pky) from Carferry Dr to Harbor Dr 11.1 to 13.2 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/2/15 10:00 PM to 3/3/15 5:00 AM daily until 3/7/15 WisDOT Construction - Detour: Detour Becher St. to I-43 NB
Ramp from WB I-894 to WB I-94 0.5 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/2/15 10:00 PM to 3/3/15 5:00 AM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Take I-894/US45 North to Greenfield to HWY 100 to the I-94 West Ramp. OR Take I-894/US45 North to Watertown Plank to HWY 100 to the I-94 West Ramp
Ramp from WB I-894 to WB I-94 0.5 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/3/15 10:00 PM to 3/4/15 5:00 AM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Take I-894/US45 North to Greenfield to HWY 100 to the I-94 West Ramp. OR Take I-894/US45 North to Watertown Plank to HWY 100 to the I-94 West Ramp
WB US-18 from Woelfel Rd to Brookfield Rd Major Left lane closed, two lanes open 3/2/15 8:00 AM to 3/5/15 3:00 PM WisDOT Permit - Manhole adjustments
EB WI-20 from WI-31 to Sycamore Ave Major Left lane closed, two lanes open 3/3/15 4:00 AM to 6:00 AM WisDOT Permit - Clean and televise exist. sewer - work hours 4:00am-6:00am, March 3rd
Ramp from NB Dan Ryan Elevated to EB I-290 52.4 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/3/15 1:00 AM to 5:00 AM IDOT Detour is NW ramp/ WB 290/ Flip at Ashland/ EB 290
NB CR-4 at Roberts Rd Major All lanes and shoulders closed 8/11/14 7:00 AM to 11/27/15 3:00 PM Lake County Replacing the existing signalized intersection with a multi-late roundabout
SB CR-4 at Roberts Rd Major All lanes and shoulders closed 8/11/14 7:00 AM to 11/27/15 3:00 PM Lake County Replacing the existing signalized intersection with a multi-late roundabout

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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   Jane Byrne Flyover Construction

Project to Connect Dan Ryan to Eisenhower, Improve Safety, Efficiency

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that construction of a new flyover bridge as part of the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction is scheduled to begin, weather permitting, on March 7.

The start of the project, which involves building a new bridge connecting the inbound Dan Ryan Expressway (Interstate 90/94) to the outbound Eisenhower Expressway (Interstate 290), will require several lane and ramp closures until Summer 2016.

The closures and the impacts to traffic include:

·The ramp from the inbound Dan Ryan to inbound Congress Parkway will be closed. A detour route will be posted, directing motorists to exit on Roosevelt Road to access Congress Parkway via Jefferson, Harrison and Wells streets. The ramp from the inbound Dan Ryan to the outbound Eisenhower will remain open, but shifted to a temporary roadway.

·The inbound and outbound Stevenson Expressway (Interstate 55) ramps to the Dan Ryan will be reduced from two lanes to one lane.

·The right lane of the inbound Dan Ryan from the Stevenson to Roosevelt Road will be closed.

·The ramp from Roosevelt Road to I-290/Congress Parkway will be closed. Detour routes will be posted. Motorists will be directed to continue east on Roosevelt Road to connect with Congress Parkway via Jefferson, Harrison and Wells streets. To connect with the outbound Eisenhower, they will be directed to continue west Roosevelt Road and utilize Ashland Avenue and Van Buren Street.

·The ramp from Taylor Street to the inbound Dan Ryan will be closed. A detour route will be posted, directing motorists to connect with the inbound Dan Ryan from Taylor Street via Jefferson Street and the Adams Street entrance ramp.

·The ramp from the inbound Dan Ryan to the outbound Eisenhower will remain open, but shifted to a temporary roadway. The new four lanes from Roosevelt Street to Van Buren Street will be narrowed.

Motorists should expect delays and 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.

The flyover will replace the existing single-lane, winding ramp with a two-lane ramp and bridge that begins just south of Roosevelt Road and arches over Harrison Street, the rest of the Jane Byrne Interchange, and Halsted Street, before connecting to the outbound Eisenhower near Morgan Street. From ramp to ramp, the entire structure will be about one mile in length. Additional components of the project include enhanced lighting and signage.

Later this summer and fall, IDOT, in conjunction with the City of Chicago, will be scheduling closures on some parts of the expressway system at the Jane Byrne Interchange to facilitate the placement of the flyover’s beams. During those weekends, access to Congress Parkway will be closed to incoming Eisenhower traffic and multiple lanes will be closed on the Dan Ryan and Kennedy expressways.

Once complete, the flyover will improve efficiency, traffic flow and safety for the approximately 400,000 motorists that drive through the Jane Byrne Interchange each day.

The four-year, $475 million overhaul of the Jane Byrne Interchange will relieve congestion at one of the country’s worst bottlenecks. The interchange where the Dan Ryan, Eisenhower and Kennedy expressways and Congress Parkway meet was built in the 1950s and 1960s, and has long outlived its original design. The project includes upgrading the surrounding bridge, roadway and drainage systems. The improvements are estimated to reduce traffic delays by at least 50 percent, saving motorists an anticipated 5 million hours in travel time and 1.6 million gallons of gas each year.

For more information on the Jane Byrne Interchange, including a live, streaming high-resolution view of the project, visit www.CircleInterchange.org.

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

For regular updates on this and other projects, please follow IDOT on Facebook and Twitter.

2/17/2015 1:31 PM

   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

   Daytime Lane Closures Scheduled Monday on Mount Prospect Road for Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Construction

Temporary, daytime lane closures on Mount Prospect Road in Des Plaines are scheduled on Monday, March 2, as work begins to rebuild the bridge carrying the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) over the local road. This work is part of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project scheduled to be complete in 2016.

Weather permitting, work on Mount Prospect Road under I-90 is scheduled on Monday, March 2, between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for bridge construction. Four intermittent, temporary closures of the road are scheduled between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to remove bridge beams. Electronic message signs will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to the closures.

Once the beams have been removed, daytime lane closures will continue throughout the week to remove guardrail on Mount Prospect Road. Short-term lane closures and traffic shifts will be scheduled later this spring as bridge construction continues.

In 2015, the Illinois Tollway will begin roadway rebuilding and widening on the second phase of the $2.5 billion I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project between the Elgin Toll Plaza and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294). The eastern segment of I-90 will be rebuilt and a new lane added to provide four lanes in each direction between Randall Road and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294).

The I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project includes reconstruction of I-90 bridges over local roads between Illinois Route 53 and I-294. Mainline bridges with local road impacts include: Golf Road, Arlington Heights Road, Busse Road, Oakton Street, Mount Prospect Road, Wolf Road, Touhy Avenue, Mannheim Road and Higgins Road (Illinois Route 72) in Rosemont. Impacts to local roads will include shoulder closures, as well as traffic shifts and short-term lane reductions.

In addition, work in 2015 includes completion of noisewall and retaining wall construction, utility relocations and drainage improvements. The first phase of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project between I-39 in Rockford and the Elgin Toll Plaza was completed in 2014. Construction on the 25-mile segment of I-90 from the Elgin Toll Plaza to I-294 is scheduled for completion in 2016.

Construction information about the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project is available in the “Projects by Roadway” section in the Construction/Planning section on the Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com.

The local roadway closure was coordinated with the city of Des Plaines and Cook County, along with local police and fire departments.

2/27/2015 5:22 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

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