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Outbound Ryan ramp to outbound Stevenson ***10.8.22 UPDATE***
10/8/22: UPDATE

Dan Ryan Expressway (Interstate 90/94) ramp, to the outbound Stevenson Expressway (Interstate 55)

9/30/22: UPDATE

Temporary repairs of the outbound Dan Ryan Expressway (Interstate 90/94) ramp, to the outbound Stevenson Expressway (Interstate 55) is scheduled to begin, weather permitting, Monday, Oct. 3. The repairs will allow one (left lane) of the ramp’s two lanes to reopen to traffic. This work is anticipated to be completed by Sunday, Oct. 9.
 
The initial assessment of the ramp indicates that the steel beams under the right lane of the ramp has extensive damage, which will require a more in-depth inspection and comprehensive repairs. This process is initially estimated to take approximately six to eight months to complete.
 
A detour will direct motorists to exit I-55 (inbound), exit to Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and reenter I-55 outbound.
 
Motorists can expects delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area, be prepared for slow and stopped traffic, and if feasible consider taking alternate routes.
 
9/29/22: UPDATE
 
Inspection/evaluation of the ramp for necessary repairs continues. This process may take some time. Motorists can expects delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area, be prepared for slow and stopped traffic, and if feasible consider taking alternate routes.
 
9/29/22:
 
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today an emergency closure of the outbound Dan Ryan Expressway (interstate 90/94) ramp to the outbound Stevenson Expressway (Interstate 55) as a result of fire damage earlier this morning. 
 
The department is inspecting the damage and evaluating the necessary repairs. Additional information, including the scope of the repairs and the duration of any long-term closures, will be provided once the inspections are complete.
 
A detour will direct motorists to exit I-55 (inbound), exit to Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and reenter I-55 outbound.
 
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.
10/10/2022 10:10 AM (Updated 10/13/2022 11:14 AM)
Overnight Closures Scheduled on Tri-State Tollway (I-294) and Plainfield Road for Bridge Reconstruction Work

Lane closures and full stops needed to safely accommodate bridge beam placement for new Plainfield Road Bridge over I-294 and Flagg Creek

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – Temporary, overnight lane closures are scheduled to begin next week on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) between I-55 and the Hinsdale Oasis, on the ramp carrying traffic from I-55 to northbound I-294 and on Plainfield Road for bridge beam placement as part of the ongoing reconstruction of the local crossroad bridge over I-294 and Flagg Creek.

Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place to alert drivers to lane closures, full traffic stops and work zone speed limits. This work is scheduled during overnight hours to provide a safe work zone and reduce the disruption to daily drivers. Up-to-date information regarding closures will be available in the Illinois Tollway’s Daily Construction Alert. All work is weather dependent.
 
On Monday, November 7, traffic on Plainfield Road is scheduled to be reduced to one lane between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., as needed, to place beams for the Plainfield Road Bridge over Flagg Creek. Flaggers will be used to maintain bi-directional traffic.
 
In addition, during the week of November 7, on northbound I-294 lane closures are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. with traffic reduced to a single lane by 11 p.m. to place beams for the Plainfield Road Bridge over I-294. The ramp carrying I-55 traffic to northbound I-294 is also scheduled to be reduced to one lane at 8 p.m., followed by intermittent, full closures, each lasting 15 minutes, beginning at midnight.
 
On Plainfield Road beginning at 10 p.m. traffic is scheduled to be reduced to a single lane with flaggers used to maintain bi-directional traffic.
 
All lanes on northbound I-294, the ramp and Plainfield Road are scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. the following morning.
 
Once the northbound work is complete, closures are scheduled to begin on southbound I-294 with the first lane closing at 8 p.m. and traffic reduced to a single lane by 11 p.m. Intermittent, full closures, each lasting 15 minutes, are scheduled to begin at midnight. All lanes are scheduled to reopen by 6 a.m. the following morning.
On Plainfield Road, traffic will once again be scheduled to be reduced to a single lane beginning at 10 p.m. with flaggers used to maintain bi-directional traffic. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. the following morning.
 
The Plainfield Road Bridge will remain open to traffic throughout construction, with one lane in both directions available for up to 14,200 vehicles using the bridge daily. Reconstruction of the Plainfield Road Bridge is scheduled to be complete in 2023.
 
The existing local road bridge carrying Plainfield Road traffic over the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) is being removed and rebuilt with a new, longer and higher bridge structure to accommodate the reconstruction and widening of the Central Tri-State Tollway. In addition, Cook County is currently conducting a study for the improvements of Plainfield Road, and the new bridge will be built to ensure compatibility with future plans.
 
The new Plainfield Road Bridge structure will provide for one lane of traffic and wide shoulders in each direction. To provide for local pedestrian and bicycle access, a protected sidewalk will be included on the north side of the bridge and a new a protected bicycle/multi-use path and sidewalk will be built on the south side.
 
Additional work on this project includes restoration of retaining and noisewalls, sewer construction, utility work, lighting, landscaping and drainage improvements.
 
This project is being coordinated with Cook County, Village of Burr Ridge, Village of Indian Head Park and Village of Western Springs, as well as local fire and police departments.
 
The $4 billion Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project is reconstructing and widening the roadway between Balmoral Avenue and 95th Street to provide congestion relief, update old infrastructure to meet current and future transportation demand and address regional needs. This work is part of the Tollway’s 15-year, $14 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. More than 220,000 vehicles use the Central Tri-State Tollway daily.
 
Information about the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project is available on the Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com in the Projects section.
 
 
Construction zone speed limits are in effect in all construction zones 24/7 and drivers should continue to watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution, especially when workers are present. On Plainfield Road, a 35 mph work zone speed limit will be in effect throughout construction. On I-294, a 45 mph work zone speed limit is in effect throughout the construction season.
 
The Illinois Tollway reminds motorists that the “Move Over Law” requires motorists to change lanes or to slow down and proceed with caution when passing any vehicle on the side of the road with hazard lights activated. If you see flashing lights ahead, please move over or slow down.
 
Illinois State Police have zero tolerance for drivers speeding in work zones or failure to comply with the Move Over Law. The minimum penalty for speeding in a work zone is $250 with up to a $25,000 fine and a 14-year jail sentence for hitting a roadway worker. Penalties for failure to slow down or move over for a vehicle on the shoulder with flashing lights includes up to a $10,000 fine, 2-year suspension of driving privileges and jail time, in extreme cases.
11/2/2022 2:22 PM (Updated 11/2/2022 2:26 PM)
Construction underway on I-39
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that construction is underway on Interstate 39 in through La Salle County. Work includes repairs on the loop ramps of the I-80 interchange near La Salle (exit 59).
 
The project will patch 36 miles of I-39 in La Salle County from the Marshall County line to just south of the Lee County line. Work includes pavement marking and shoulder reconstruction.
Starting Monday, Oct. 10, patching and shoulder reconstruction will begin on all the loop ramps at the I-80 interchange. The following weekly ramp closures are needed to complete the work:

Ramp closures scheduled from Monday, Oct. 10 to Friday, Oct. 14
Ramp closures scheduled from Monday, Oct. 17 to Friday, Oct. 21
During the ramp construction, each ramp will close at 5 a.m. Monday and will reopen by 6 a.m. Friday. There will be intermittent lane closures on I-39 in La Salle throughout the project, which is expected to be completed by November.
 
Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area and be prepared for slow and stopped traffic. To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes should be considered. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.
 
Over the next six years, IDOT is planning to improve more than 2,500 miles of highway and nearly 10 million square feet of bridge deck as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program, which is investing $33.2 billion into all modes of transportation. Accomplishments through Year Three of Rebuild Illinois included approximately $8.6 billion of improvements statewide on 4,422 miles of highway, 412 bridges, and 621 additional safety improvements.
9/30/2022 10:49 AM (Updated 10/7/2022 12:43 PM)
Updated--Overnight Ramp Closures Scheduled to Continue in October as Part of the I-290/I-88 Interchange Project at I-294

Ongoing temporary closures needed to safely accommodate ramp and bridge work and maintain access for traffic

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – Overnight ramp closures with detours and lane closures have been updated for this weekend. Closures will continue throughout October for the Illinois Tollway’s ongoing work to reconstruct the I-290/I-88 Interchange at the Tri-State Tollway (I-294).

Multiple nights of closures will be put in place as needed on the ramps connecting I-294, I-290 and I-88. Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to the overnight closures, detours and traffic shifts. Up-to-date closure information will be available on the Illinois Tollway’s Daily Construction Alert. All work is weather dependent.

Beginning Friday, October 7, at 10 p.m. lane closures are scheduled to begin on the ramp connecting southbound I-294 to westbound I-88. The ramp will remain open to traffic throughout the work with all lanes scheduled to reopen by 7 a.m. on Saturday, October 8. Additional overnight closures have been added beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, and continuing through 7 a.m. on Sunday, October 9.

In addition, at midnight Saturday, October 8, a full closure and detour of the ramp connecting westbound I-290 to southbound I-294 is scheduled to begin and continue through 5 a.m. An additional overnight closure has been added beginning at midnight Sunday, October 9 and continuing through 7 a.m. on Sunday, October 9. The posted detour will route westbound I-290 traffic to Roosevelt Road and York Road where traffic will be directed through the interchange to access southbound I-294.