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Overnight ramp, lane closures on Kennedy Expressway at Lawrence Avenue

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that repairs to the retaining wall at the Lawrence Avenue exit and entrance ramps to the eastbound Kennedy Expressway (I-90), in Chicago, will require overnight lane and ramp closures starting, weather permitting, June 17.

In order to complete the project, lane and ramp closures will take place on the eastbound Kennedy Expressway at Lawrence Avenue from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Fridays and 9 p.m. to 10 a.m. Saturdays.

The work is expected to be complete by mid-August.

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.

6/6/2019 10:44 AM (Updated 6/10/2019 11:13 AM)
Work zone, Ike (I-290) Lane Reconfiguration at Jane Byrne Interchange

6/15 UPDATE: Due to the forecast, tonight’s stage change has been rescheduled for tomorrow night, weather permitting. Lane and ramp closures will begin at 10 p.m. Sunday, with intermittent full stops starting at 1 a.m. All lanes and ramps will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday.

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that a new lane configuration will go into effect, weather permitting, Sunday, June 16, for the inbound Eisenhower Expressway (Interstate 290) as part of the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction.

In the new configuration, one lane will be closed on the inbound Eisenhower from Ogden Avenue to Halsted Street, reducing lanes from four to three, with traffic shifted to the south. The left and center lanes will access inbound Ida B. Wells Drive, with the ramp to the outbound Kennedy Expressway (Interstate 90/94) accessible from the center lane. The right lane will access the outbound Dan Ryan Expressway (Interstate 90/94).

The new configuration will last for the remainder of this year to complete construction of the new inbound pavement between Racine Avenue and Halsted Street.

Overnight lane and ramp closures will take place this weekend, weather permitting, in order to reconfigure the work zone.

Starting at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, June 15, the inbound Eisenhower will be reduced to two lanes between Damen Avenue and Halsted Street. The Ashland Avenue entrance ramp and Racine Avenue exit ramp will be closed. The lanes to Ida B. Wells Drive between Halsted Street and Wells Street also will be closed. 

At 1 a.m. Sunday, the inbound Eisenhower will be reduced to a single lane, with the ramp to the outbound Kennedy closing. The inbound Eisenhower ramp to the outbound Kennedy and Ida B. Wells Drive will reopen at one point during the overnight hours, with the inbound Eisenhower ramp to the outbound Dan Ryan (Interstate 90/94) closing. Detours will be posted while the ramps are closed.

All lanes and ramps will reopen by 8 a.m. Sunday.

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.

For more information on the Byrne project and to view a live camera feed of the work zone, visit www.circleinterchange.org.

6/12/2019 5:47 PM (Updated 6/16/2019 12:47 AM)
Overnight Kennedy Lane Closures

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the cleaning and painting of three railroad bridges over the Kennedy Expressway (I-90) between Milwaukee Avenue and Cicero Avenue, in Chicago, will require intermittent, overnight lane closures beginning, weather permitting, April 1. 

The closures will be in place between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. while the work is being done.
 
The project is expected to be complete by the end of October.
 
 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.  
3/22/2019 3:35 PM (Updated 6/10/2019 11:12 AM)
New Lane Configuration on I-55 at Weber Road
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that as part of the ongoing reconstruction of the Weber Road interchange, I-55 traffic will be shifted to the right, weather permitting, starting in the southbound lanes the evening of Tuesday, June 11, and in the northbound lanes the evening of Wednesday, June 12.
 
The change will occur overnight both nights between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Motorists on I-55 can expect delays, changing lane configurations and intermittent full stops.
 
The lane shifts are necessary to construct a center pier for a new Weber Road bridge that will allow the interchange to be converted into a diverging diamond design. Exit and entrance ramps will remain open during this stage of the work, which will be in place until early December.
 
The overall project involves adding a third lane to each direction of Weber Road between 135th Street/Romeo Road and 119th Street/Rodeo Road, with modernized traffic signals and a barrier median. The entire project wraps up in 2021.
 
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.
6/7/2019 11:22 AM (Updated 6/12/2019 11:46 AM)
Ohio - Flash Flood Watch

Counties: Allen; Defiance; Henry; Paulding; Putnam; Van Wert

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH MONDAY MORNING...
The Flash Flood Watch continues for
* portions of northern Indiana and northwest Ohio, including the
following areas, in northern Indiana, Adams, Allen IN,
Blackford, Cass IN, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Miami, Wabash,
Wells, White, and Whitley. In northwest Ohio, Allen OH,
Defiance, Henry, Paulding, Putnam, and Van Wert.
* Through Monday morning
* Additional showers and thunderstorms are expected into early
Sunday morning. Recent wet ground will cause a large amount of
any additional rainfall to runoff and potentially flood streets,
fields, lowland areas, streams and creeks. There is the
potential for flash flooding, especially in urban areas and in
flood prone spots.
6/16/2019 2:39 AM (Updated 6/16/2019 4:09 AM)
Illinois - Flash Flood Watch

Counties: Clay; Lawrence; Richland

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM CDT THIS MORNING...
The National Weather Service in Lincoln has expanded the
* Flash Flood Watch to include a portion of southeast Illinois,
including the following areas, Clay, Lawrence, and Richland.
* Until 7 AM CDT this morning
* Additional showers and thunderstorms will move across the same
area through 7 am this morning. This region will see 1.5 to 3
inches of rain with locally higher amounts possible along and
south of highway 50 through 7 am.
* Heavy rainfall may result in flooding of low lying or poor
drainage areas, and ultimately dangerous flash flooding on
smaller creeks and streams. Additional rises on larger streams
and rivers will also be possible.
6/16/2019 3:39 AM (Updated 6/16/2019 4:09 AM)
Illinois - Flash Flood Watch

Counties: Champaign; Christian; Clark; Coles; Crawford; Cumberland; Douglas; Edgar; Effingham; Jasper; Macon; Moultrie; Piatt; Shelby; Vermilion

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM CDT THIS
MORNING...
The Flash Flood Watch continues for
* Portions of central Illinois, east central Illinois, and
southeast Illinois, including the following areas, in central
Illinois, Christian, Macon, Piatt, and Shelby. In east central
Illinois, Champaign, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar,
Moultrie, and Vermilion. In southeast Illinois, Crawford,
Effingham, and Jasper.
* Until 7 AM CDT this morning
* Showers and thunderstorms will move across the area mainly
southeast of a Danville to Taylorville line through 7 am this
morning. This region experienced 2.5 to 5 inches of rain in the
past 24 hours and an additional 1 to 2 inches is possible
mainly from Paris to Shelbyville southeast.
* Heavy rainfall may result in flooding of low lying or poor
drainage areas, and ultimately dangerous flash flooding on
smaller creeks and streams. Additional rises on larger streams
and rivers will also be possible.
6/16/2019 3:39 AM (Updated 6/16/2019 4:09 AM)
Illinois - Flash Flood Warning

Counties: Clay; Lawrence; Richland

The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a
* Flash Flood Warning for...
Lawrence County in southeastern Illinois...
Richland County in southeastern Illinois...
Clay County in south central Illinois...
* Until 630 AM CDT.
* At 323 AM CDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing
heavy rain across the warned area. Up to one and a half inches of
rain have already fallen in the past hour. Flash flooding is
expected to begin shortly.
* Some locations that will experience flooding include...
Vincennes, Olney, Flora, Lawrenceville, Sumner, Louisville, Clay
City, St. Francisville, Noble, Xenia, Parkersburg, Claremont,
Calhoun, Iola, Sailor Springs, Russellville, Chauncey, Ingraham,
Birds and Schnell.
Additional rainfall amounts of one to two inches are possible in the
warned area.
6/16/2019 3:39 AM (Updated 6/16/2019 4:09 AM)
Lane Closures and Shifts on I-55 South of Arsenal Road

6/13 UPDATE: Due to delays in the delivery of equipment, the closure of a northbound lane on I-55 will not take place Monday. It is now scheduled to occur in early July, with I-55 still being reduced to one lane in each direction in early August. Work on the project site still will begin on Monday, however. Motorists are advised that the area will be an active work zone and should proceed accordingly.  

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that replacement of the bridge decks and other improvements to I-55 over the BNSF Railroad and Grant Creek south of Arsenal Road in Will County will begin June 17.
 
In order to complete the project, northbound I-55 initially will be reduced to a single lane to accommodate the widening of the shoulders.
 
After the shoulders are widened, the southbound bridge will be closed and I-55 reduced to one lane in each direction on the northbound lanes. The revised configuration is expected to be in place from August until late November, when I-55 returns to two lanes in each direction.
 
Work will resume next spring with the closure of the northbound bridge and traffic crossing over to the southbound lanes to again accommodate one lane in each direction.
 
There will not be a detour, but I-80 and IL-47 is the recommended alternative route. Digital message boards will be in place to display real-time traffic information.
 
The entire project is expected to be complete by fall 2020.
 
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.  Illinois State Police will be patrolling this work zone to enforce posted speed limits.

6/11/2019 4:53 PM (Updated 6/14/2019 9:30 AM)
Ohio - Flash Flood Watch

Counties: Ashland; Ashtabula Inland; Ashtabula Lakeshore; Crawford; Cuyahoga; Erie; Geauga; Hancock; Holmes; Huron; Knox; Lake; Lorain; Lucas; Mahoning; Marion; Medina; Morrow; Ottawa; Portage; Richland; Sandusky; Seneca; Stark; Summit; Trumbull; Wayne; Wood; Wyandot

.The first wave of rain has exited the area. We continue to
monitor showers moving into western Ohio. These have been showing
trends of decreasing in intensity but any rainfall near and south
of a line from Marion to Mansfield to Warren could lead to
additional flooding. After each round of rain the wet ground
conditions will support rapid runoff and increase the threat for
flash flooding.
...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE MONDAY
NIGHT...
The Flash Flood Watch continues for
* Portions of Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania, including the
following areas, in Ohio, Ashland, Ashtabula Inland, Ashtabula
Lakeshore, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Hancock, Holmes,
Huron, Knox, Lake, Lorain, Lucas, Mahoning, Marion, Medina,
Morrow, Ottawa, Portage, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Stark,
Summit, Trumbull, Wayne, Wood, and Wyandot. In northwest
Pennsylvania, Crawford, Northern Erie, and Southern Erie.
* Through late Monday night
* Multiple rounds of rain remain possible through late Monday
night. Rainfall amounts of 1.5 to 3 inches have occured near and
south of a line from Marion to Mansfield to Warren. Additional
rainfall will be lighter today with half an inch to 1.5 inches
possible. However these lighter amounts will quickly run off
where the heavier rains occured overnight, leading to flooding.
* The risk for flash flooding will increase after each round of
rainfall, particularly in poor drainage areas near creeks,
streams and ditches. Street flooding is likely. Rapid runoff
will cause area rivers and streams to rise and possibly result
in flooding.
6/16/2019 4:09 AM (Updated 6/16/2019 4:09 AM)
Illinois - Flash Flood Watch

Counties: Bond; Fayette; Greene; Jersey; Macoupin; Montgomery

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM CDT THIS
MORNING...
The Flash Flood Watch continues for
* portions of south central Illinois and southwest Illinois...
including the following counties...in south central Illinois...
Bond IL...Fayette IL and Montgomery IL. In southwest
Illinois...Greene IL...Jersey IL and Macoupin IL.
* until 7 AM CDT this morning
* Thunderstorms capable of producing very heavy rainfall in a
short period of time may continue to move through parts of
southwest Illinois early this morning. An additional inch of
rainfall is possible over already wet ground which may produce
flash flooding.
* Heavy rainfall will result in flooding of low lying or poor
drainage areas...and ultimately dangerous flash flooding on
smaller creeks and streams. Additional rises on larger streams
and rivers will also be possible.
6/16/2019 3:54 AM (Updated 6/16/2019 4:09 AM)
Overnight lane closures on Eisenhower Expressway
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that cleaning and painting of the Metra bridge over the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) near Irving Park Road (IL-19), in Itasca, will require overnight lane closures starting this evening.
 
In order to complete the project, lane closures will be in place between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. while the work is being done.
 
The work is expected to be complete by the end of October.
 
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.
6/11/2019 2:23 PM (Updated 6/12/2019 12:00 PM)
Rescheduled I-80 bridge inspection next week

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the rescheduled routine inspection of the westbound I-80 bridge over the Des Plaines River, in Joliet, will require daily lane closures beginning, weather permitting, Tuesday, May 28. The inspection was originally scheduled the week of May 6, but postponed due to weather.

Daily lane closures will take place between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. A minimum of two lanes will remain open while inspections are taking place.

The bridge inspection is expected to be completed Thursday, May 30, weather permitting.

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.

Click here to find details on other construction projects in IDOT’s District 1. Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at www.travelmidwest.com.

The inspections are being done in conjunction with an upcoming yearlong maintenance project on both bridges. Any additional issues discovered during the inspections will be addressed once construction begins in the field later this summer.

The larger project, currently under contract, involves steel repairs and bearing replacements. The process for fabricating new parts as already begun, with work on the bridges expected to start in June or July. The repairs will be taking place under both structures, with any necessary lane closures scheduled at night to avoid disrupting traffic during the daytime hours.

The project will be finished next summer.

Click here to find details on other construction projects in IDOT’s District 1. Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at www.travelmidwest.com

5/1/2019 1:49 PM (Updated 5/22/2019 2:41 PM)

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