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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)
NB I-43 Medium congestion Downtown WI-60/CR-Q 39 24 20.6 miles 32 mph
NB Bishop Ford Fwy Light congestion I-80 Stony Island Ext 16 12 9.1 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.

Major Incidents
Location Description Mile Marker Closure Details Status Start Time Estimated End Time Source
EB IL-15 at 30th St WATER ON PAVEMENT Right lane and right shoulder closed, one lane open Updated 1/11/20 11:15 PM 1/28/20 3:00 PM IDOT
WB IL-15 at 30th St WATER ON PAVEMENT Right lane and right shoulder closed, one lane open Updated 1/11/20 11:15 PM 1/28/20 3:00 PM IDOT
NEB IL-171 from Main St to Willow Springs Rd Flooding All lanes and shoulders closed Updated 1/19/20 2:37 AM 1/27/20 11:27 AM IDOT
SWB IL-171 from Willow Springs Rd to IL-83 Flooding All lanes and shoulders closed Updated 1/19/20 2:37 AM 1/27/20 11:27 AM IDOT

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 NB I-35W to NB MN-65 16.3 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 5/18/18 10:00 PM to 9/30/21 11:59 PM MnDOT exit ramp closed
Ramp from SB I-35W to EB MN-55 17.8 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 10/22/19 10:00 PM to 8/12/23 9:26 AM MnDOT exit ramp closed
SB I-35 at I-80 Major lane -1, lane, closed 12/7/19 8:53 PM to 9/26/23 7:13 PM IowaDOT right lane blocked
SB I-39 from I-90 to WI-78 (+0.1 miles) 84.6 to 84.2 Major All lanes closed and both shoulders open 1/27/20 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM daily until 1/30/20 WisDOT Maintenance - guard rail
Ramp from NB I-41 to NB WI-241 325.2 Major All lanes closed 10/15/18 12:00 AM to 7/1/20 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Permanent Closure, Use alternate route
Ramp from NB I-41 to EB WI-119 318.5 Major All lanes closed 1/27/20 9:00 PM to 1/28/20 5:00 AM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Exit freeway to College. Turn right to head east on College. Turn left on Howell and head north to meet up with Mitchell airport.
SB I-41/94 from Drexel Ave to County Road G 320.7 to 327.4 Major All lanes closed 1/27/20 10:00 PM to 1/28/20 5:00 AM daily until 1/30/20 WisDOT Construction - Detour: SB I94/41, WB Ryan Rd, SB 27th St, SB W Frontage Rd, EB 7 Mile Rd, SB W Frontage Rd, EB 5.5 Mile Rd, 5.5 Mile Rd to I41/I94 SB
SB I-41/94 from WI-100 to 7 Mile Rd 322.7 to 325.9 Major All lanes closed 1/27/20 11:00 PM to 1/28/20 4:30 AM daily until 1/30/20 WisDOT Construction - Detour: SB 94/41 to WB Ryan Rd to SB 27th St to SB West Frontage Rd to EB 7 Mile Rd to SB 94/41
Ramp from EB WI-100 to SB I-41 323.1 Major All lanes closed 1/27/20 11:00 PM to 1/28/20 4:30 AM daily until 1/30/20 WisDOT Construction - Detour: WB Ryan Rd to SB 27th St to SB West Frontage Rd to EB 7 Mile Rd to SB 94/41
Ramp from EB WI-100 to SB I-41 323.1 Major All lanes closed 1/27/20 9:30 PM to 1/28/20 5:30 AM daily until 1/30/20 WisDOT Construction - Detour: EB Ryan Rd, SB 27th St, SB W Frontage Rd, EB 7 Mile Rd, SB W Frontage Rd, EB 5.5 Mile Rd, 5.5 Mile Rd to I41/I94 SB
NB I-43 (Rock Fwy) from Moorland Rd (-0.3 miles) to 124th St 55.9 to 58.4 Major All lanes closed and both shoulders open 1/27/20 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM daily until 1/31/20 WisDOT Maintenance - Patch potholes
NB I-57 from Campground Rd (-1.5 miles) to Campground Rd (-1.3 miles) 84.8 to 85.0 Major One lane closed, one lane open 7/1/19 12:00 AM to 12/15/20 11:59 PM IDOT Expect lane restrictions for roadway improvement. Vehicle width restricted to 24' 6".
NB I-57 from IL-17 (-0.2 miles) to North St 311.8 to 314.0 Major One lane closed, one lane open 8/1/19 12:00 AM to 7/17/20 11:59 PM IDOT Expect lane restrictions for roadway improvement. Vehicle width restricted to 15' 9".
SB I-57 from North St to IL-17 (+0.2 miles) 313.8 to 311.6 Major One lane closed, one lane open 8/1/19 12:00 AM to 7/17/20 11:59 PM IDOT Expect lane restrictions for roadway improvement. Vehicle width restricted to 15' 9".
SB I-57 from Campground Rd (+1.3 miles) to Campground Rd (+1.5 miles) 85.1 to 84.8 Major One lane closed, one lane open 7/1/19 12:00 AM to 12/15/20 11:59 PM IDOT Expect lane restrictions for roadway improvement. Vehicle width restricted to 24' 6".
SB I-65 (Casimir Pulaski Memorial Hwy) from 53rd Ave (+0.3 miles) to 61st Ave (+0.3 miles) 256.0 to 255.0 Major lane -1, lane, closed 12/23/19 1:58 PM to 10/12/23 12:18 PM InDOT road maintenance operations
EB I-70 from 200th St (-0.4 miles) to I-57 (-0.1 miles) 80.7 to 91.8 Major One lane closed, one lane open 4/18/19 12:00 AM to 5/26/21 11:59 PM IDOT Expect lane restrictions for roadway improvement. Vehicle width restricted to 15'.
WB I-70 from I-57 (+0.6 miles) to IL-128 (-0.5 miles) 91.4 to 82.6 Major One lane closed, one lane open 4/18/19 12:00 AM to 5/26/21 11:59 PM IDOT Expect lane restrictions for roadway improvement. Vehicle width restricted to 15'.
EB I-74 from Lincoln Rd (+0.2 miles) to US-67 4.3 to 4.9 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/26/19 12:00 AM to 7/31/20 8:00 AM IowaDOT closed
Ramp from NB I-75 to EB US-6 179.5 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 6/19/17 7:00 AM to 11/30/20 3:00 PM ODOT The exit ramp from I-75 northbound to U.S. 68/state Route 15 (exit 156) closed June 19 for approximately three years.
EB I-80 at 120th St (+0.4 miles) 150.3 Major lane -1, lane, closed 11/11/19 9:00 PM to 9/1/23 12:40 AM IowaDOT right lane closed
EB I-80 at D Ave (+2.0 miles) 209.6 Major All lanes closed and both shoulders open 10/27/19 8:21 PM to 8/16/23 5:41 PM IowaDOT left lane blocked
EB I-80 at M Ave (+1.5 miles) 167.3 Major lane -1, lane, closed 10/29/19 7:08 PM to 8/18/23 4:28 PM IowaDOT right lane blocked
EB I-80 at US-151 (+1.1 miles) 225.8 Major lane -1, lane, closed 10/31/19 7:00 PM to 8/20/23 6:24 PM IowaDOT right lane closed
EB I-80 from Division St to Wells Ferry Rd (+0.1 miles) 242.8 to 251.7 Major lane -1, lane, closed 10/9/19 10:46 PM to 7/29/23 8:06 PM IowaDOT right lane closed
WB I-80 at US-67 305.5 Major lane -1, lane, closed 1/24/20 8:41 PM to 11/13/23 6:01 PM IowaDOT right lane blocked
WB I-80 at 110th Ave (-0.6 miles) 289.2 Major All lanes closed and both shoulders open 1/6/20 8:27 PM to 10/26/23 6:47 PM IowaDOT left lane blocked
WB I-80 at Vermont Ave (+0.6 miles) 273.5 Major All lanes closed and both shoulders open 1/18/20 7:00 PM to 11/7/23 7:09 PM IowaDOT left lane closed
WB I-80 at Inca Ave (+1.0 miles) 260.1 Major All lanes closed and both shoulders open 10/31/19 9:00 PM to 8/20/23 10:46 PM IowaDOT left lane closed
WB I-80 at Lower West Branch Rd (+1.0 miles) 251.0 Major All lanes closed and both shoulders open 11/11/19 10:00 PM to 9/1/23 4:07 AM IowaDOT left lane closed
WB I-80 at Highway F48 (-0.6 miles) 158.9 Major All lanes closed and both shoulders open 12/26/19 8:29 PM to 10/15/23 6:49 PM IowaDOT left lane blocked
NWB I-90 Express/94 Express (Kennedy Reversibles) from Ogden Ave to Montrose Ave Major All lanes and shoulders closed 1/26/20 9:00 PM to 1/27/20 5:00 AM IDOT closed or inbound
SEB I-90 Express/94 Express (Kennedy Reversibles) from Montrose Ave to Ogden Ave Major All lanes and shoulders closed 1/26/20 9:00 PM to 1/27/20 5:00 AM IDOT closed or inbound
EB I-94 from Willow Glen Rd (+0.8 miles) to Bluemound Rd (+0.1 miles) 277.9 to 296.9 Major All lanes closed and both shoulders open 1/27/20 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM daily until 4/1/20 WisDOT Maintenance - Pothole patching left or right lane
Ramp from EB I-94 to NB M-10 214.2 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 5/19/19 4:00 PM to 1/31/20 2:00 PM MDOT construction; Detour: EB I-94 TO NB I-75
WB I-94 from Bluemound Rd to Willow Glen Rd (-0.8 miles) 297.5 to 278.5 Major All lanes closed and both shoulders open 1/27/20 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM daily until 4/1/20 WisDOT Maintenance - Pothole patching left or right lane
Ramp from EB I-96 to SB M-37 37.4 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 11/6/19 11:00 PM to 7/1/20 11:00 PM MDOT construction; Detour: Continue east on I-96 to M-21 (Fulton St), then west on M-21 (Fulton St) to M-37 (East Beltline Ave)
EB I-235 at 12th St 9.1 Major All lanes closed and both shoulders open 12/15/19 8:35 PM to 10/4/23 6:55 PM IowaDOT left lane blocked
EB I-235 at US-69 9.4 Major lane -1, lane, closed 11/6/19 7:49 PM to 8/26/23 6:09 PM IowaDOT right lane closed
NB I-294 (Tri-State Tollway) from Electric Ave (-0.1 miles) to IL-64 31.9 to 33.6 Major Right two lanes closed, two lanes open 1/27/20 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM Illinois Tollway Retaining Wall Const
SB I-380 (IA-27) from US-6 (-0.1 miles) to I-80 Major All lanes closed and both shoulders open 1/27/20 10:00 PM to 1/28/20 5:00 AM IowaDOT left lane closed
NB I-475 from Pierson Rd to Clio Road 10.2 to 14.7 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 8/1/19 6:00 AM to 6/1/20 6:00 PM MDOT construction
NB I-475 from Carpenter Rd to Clio Rd 11.3 to 15.2 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 7/29/19 8:00 AM to 6/1/20 3:00 PM MDOT construction; Detour: Follow posted detour
SB I-494 at Valley Creek Rd 59.0 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 11/1/19 4:53 PM to 8/21/23 2:13 PM MnDOT closed
EB US-12 from Keith St to Saint Andrews Dr Major All lanes closed and both shoulders open 1/27/20 9:00 PM to 1/28/20 7:00 AM daily until 2/1/20 WisDOT Construction - Project ID: 1000-20-77 Statewide Type 1 Sign Replacement
WB US-12 from 10th St to Otter Rd Major All lanes closed and both shoulders open 1/27/20 9:00 PM to 1/28/20 7:00 AM daily until 2/1/20 WisDOT Construction - Project ID: 1000-20-77 Statewide Type 1 Sign Replacement
EB US-30 from Marsh St to Strongbow Centre Dr Major All lanes closed and both shoulders open 6/10/19 12:00 AM to 3/29/23 9:20 PM InDOT road reconstruction
WB US-30 from Strongbow Centre Dr to Marsh St Major All lanes closed and both shoulders open 6/10/19 12:00 AM to 3/29/23 9:20 PM InDOT road reconstruction
NB US-41 from 93rd Ave to 77th Ave Major lane -1, lane, closed 6/26/18 6:00 AM to 4/19/22 8:24 PM InDOT right lane closed
SB US-41 from 77th Ave to 93rd Ave Major lane -1, lane, closed 6/26/18 6:00 AM to 4/19/22 8:24 PM InDOT right lane closed
NB US-45 at 1st St Major All lanes closed and both shoulders open 10/28/19 6:00 AM to 2/28/20 5:00 PM WisDOT Permit - USH 45 NORTHBOUND LEFT LANE 220' SOUTH OF STH 50
NB US-61 at Timber Ridge Dr (+0.1 miles) Major Various lanes closed 4/8/19 12:00 AM to 12/31/20 12:00 AM MoDOT Expect delays due to BRIDGE RECONSTRUCTION on US-61 in Both Directions.
SB US-61 at Timber Ridge Dr (-0.1 miles) Major Various lanes closed 4/8/19 12:00 AM to 12/31/20 12:00 AM MoDOT Expect delays due to BRIDGE RECONSTRUCTION on US-61 in Both Directions.
Ramp from SB M-10 to EB I-94 2.9 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 1/17/20 8:00 PM to 12/15/20 4:00 AM MDOT construction; Detour: Detour use NB I-75 to EB I-94
Ramp from NB M-10 to EB I-94 2.4 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 1/17/20 8:00 PM to 12/15/20 4:00 AM MDOT construction; Detour: Detour use NB I-75 to EB I-94
Ramp from NB M-10 to WB I-94 2.5 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 1/6/20 8:00 AM to 1/31/20 2:00 PM MDOT construction
NB M-25 (Lakeshore Rd) at Burtch Creek Major All lanes closed 12/2/19 7:00 AM to 1/31/20 2:00 PM MDOT construction
SB M-25 (Lakeshore Rd) at Burtch Creek Major All lanes closed 12/2/19 7:00 AM to 1/31/20 2:00 PM MDOT construction
SB IN-53 from US-20 to 11th Ave Major lane -1, lane, closed 7/15/17 12:28 PM to 5/4/21 9:48 AM InDOT construction work
EB MN-62 from 34th Ave (-0.1 miles) to MN-55 Major All lanes closed and both shoulders open 9/24/19 1:00 AM to 7/13/23 10:20 PM MnDOT left lane closed
NWB IL-62 from IL-83 to IL-58 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 6/10/19 12:00 AM to 6/26/20 11:59 PM IDOT Project scope is roadway patching & resurfacing, and ADA sidewalk ramp construction. Concrete sidewalk and curb repairs will be done, then roadway will be milled, patched, and resurfaced. New pavement striping and raised pavement markers will be installed after surfacing. Detour: None needed.
SEB IL-62 from IL-58 to IL-83 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 6/10/19 12:00 AM to 6/26/20 11:59 PM IDOT Project scope is roadway patching & resurfacing, and ADA sidewalk ramp construction. Concrete sidewalk and curb repairs will be done, then roadway will be milled, patched, and resurfaced. New pavement striping and raised pavement markers will be installed after surfacing. Detour: None needed.
NB MO-79 at Salt River Rd (+0.4 miles) Major Various lanes closed 1/15/20 5:00 AM to 1/31/20 2:00 PM MoDOT Expect delays due to BRIDGE MAINTENANCE on MO-79 Northbound.
NB WI-140 from State Line Rd to State Line Rd Major All lanes closed 3/12/19 6:00 AM to 1/1/22 5:59 AM IDOT The movement of oversize and overweight loads is restricted. Vehicle weight restricted to 80 tons.
NB WI-140 from State Line Rd to State Line Rd Major All lanes closed 3/12/19 12:00 AM to 12/31/21 11:59 PM IDOT The movement of oversize and overweight loads is restricted. Vehicle weight restricted to 80 tons.
SB WI-140 from State Line Rd to State Line Rd Major All lanes closed 3/12/19 6:00 AM to 1/1/22 5:59 AM IDOT The movement of oversize and overweight loads is restricted. Vehicle weight restricted to 80 tons.
SB WI-140 from State Line Rd to State Line Rd Major All lanes closed 3/12/19 12:00 AM to 12/31/21 11:59 PM IDOT The movement of oversize and overweight loads is restricted. Vehicle weight restricted to 80 tons.
EB IL-161 from Shattuc Rd to Noltings Rd Major All lanes closed 12/10/18 12:00 AM to 1/31/20 11:59 PM IDOT Closed to all traffic.
WB IL-161 from Noltings Rd to Shattuc Rd Major All lanes closed 12/10/18 12:00 AM to 1/31/20 11:59 PM IDOT Closed to all traffic.
Ramp from WB WI-190 to WB WI-16 Major All lanes closed 1/27/20 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM daily until 1/31/20 WisDOT Maintenance - Detour: USE ALT ROUTE
EB MO-CC at Gnade Rd (+0.4 miles) Major Various lanes closed 1/27/20 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM MoDOT Expect delays due to CORE DRILLING on Route CC in Both Directions.
EB 14th St from Dugdale Rd to Jackson St Major All lanes closed 8/5/19 9:00 AM to 11/1/20 3:00 PM Lake County Pavement reconstruction with a roundabout at Dugdale,
WB 14th St from Jackson St to Dugdale Rd Major All lanes closed 8/5/19 9:00 AM to 11/1/20 3:00 PM Lake County Pavement reconstruction with a roundabout at Dugdale,
Ramp from EB Chicago St to WB I-80 132.6 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 1/27/20 1:00 AM to 5:00 AM IDOT
EB Edwards Rd at US-45 Major All lanes closed 8/17/17 8:00 AM to 2/13/20 10:00 AM Lake County
WB Edwards Rd at US-45 Major All lanes closed 8/17/17 8:00 AM to 2/13/20 10:00 AM Lake County
Ramp from WB Eisenhower / I-290 to NWB I-90 30.0 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 1/4/20 12:00 AM to 12/30/20 11:59 PM IDOT Detour Posted; Long Term Closure
Ramp from WB Eisenhower / I-290 to SB I-90 30.0 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 3/15/18 12:00 AM to 9/30/20 11:59 PM IDOT Long Term Closure
Ramp from SEB Kennedy Local to EB I-290 51.4 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 1/19/18 12:00 AM to 5/30/20 11:59 PM IDOT Ramp closed. Detour posted; Long Term Closure
Ramp from SEB Kennedy Local to EB I-290 51.4 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 7/1/19 12:00 AM to 6/30/20 11:59 PM IDOT Detour Posted; Long Term Closure
SEB Kennedy Local from Jackson Blvd to Eisenhower Expy (I-290) 51.5 to 51.6 Major Left two lanes and both shoulders closed, three lanes open 9/5/19 12:00 AM to 6/15/20 11:59 PM IDOT 3 lanes open work zone 45 mph; Long Term Closure
SEB Kennedy Local from Van Buren St to Eisenhower Expy (I-290) 51.6 to 51.6 Major Left two lanes and both shoulders closed, three lanes open 9/5/19 12:00 AM to 5/30/20 11:59 PM IDOT 3 lanes open work zone 45 mph; Long Term Closure
NWB Kennedy Local from Eisenhower Expy (I-290) to Van Buren St 51.7 to 51.6 Major Left two lanes and both shoulders closed, three lanes open 12/2/19 12:00 AM to 4/18/20 11:59 PM IDOT 3 lanes open with weave. 45 mph work zone; Long Term Closure
Ramp from NWB Kennedy Local to Higgins Rd 80.6 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 12/16/18 12:00 AM to 6/15/20 11:59 PM IDOT Long Term Closure
EB Old Grand Ave at Oplaine Rd Major All lanes closed 1/20/20 7:00 AM to 2/2/20 3:00 PM Lake County
WB Old Grand Ave at Oplaine Rd Major All lanes closed 1/20/20 7:00 AM to 2/2/20 3:00 PM Lake County

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Mile Long Bridge Beam Delivery Begins This Week on Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project

Beam deliveries escorted by State Police will impact travel on I-90, I-290, I-55 and US-45

Transport and delivery of bridge beams will begin this week for the Illinois Tollway’s new northbound Mile Long Bridge on the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294). This work is part of the Illinois Tollway’s project to reconstruct Mile Long Bridge that carries traffic over two major railroads, the Des Plaines River, the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal and the Illinois & Michigan Canal and local roads, and over several major distribution centers.
 
The first deliveries are scheduled to begin Tuesday, January 14. All deliveries are weather dependent and schedules will be available on Daily Construction Alerts posted on the Tollway’s website. Transport trucks will be escorted by Illinois State Police and will be traveling at a low rate of speed between hours of 4 a.m. and noon on weekdays.
 
Beams will be transported from the Wisconsin border traveling eastbound on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) to I-290, then south to the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), south to I-55, north to US-45, south to exit at the job site at West Lawndale Avenue Island on the east side of the bridge.
 
Delivery of more than 230 concrete beams from an assembly site in Wisconsin to the construction site near Countryside, Hodgkins, Willow Springs and Justice will continue over the coming months. The precast, prestressed concrete beams will be trucked approximately 300 miles to the bridge site with special 10-foot-wide, heavy-load semi-trailers, featuring 14 axles, rear steering and custom engineered swivel bolsters.
 
Initially, 40 beams will be delivered throughout January, each weighing approximately 115 tons and measuring 90 inches tall and 200 to 218 feet long. These beams will be installed on new bridges piers constructed over the Lawndale Avenue Solids Management Area owned by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. Additional deliveries of concrete and also steel beams will continue throughout the year.
 
The Mile Long Bridge is one of the first major construction segments for the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project. Currently, up to 150,000 vehicles travel across the Mile Long Bridge daily. Construction is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2023.
 
The project includes building two, new side-by-side 4,800-foot-long bridge structures to increase capacity from four lanes to five lanes in each direction as part of the reconstruction and widening of the Central Tri-State Tollway between Balmoral Avenue and 95th Street. In addition, the inside shoulders on the bridge will be built to serve as Flex Lanes to provide for transit, assist emergency vehicles and serve as an alternate lane to reduce traffic congestion when warranted.
 
The design of the new bridge structures took into consideration the sensitive aquatic ecosystem, navigable waterways and existing railroad and roadway operations underneath the structure. Each of the new structures will have fewer piers to reduce the environmental impact on the waterways and industrial areas below. Each bridge will have 27 spans supported by 26 piers, compared to the existing structures with 106 piers. The spans will be made up of a total of nearly 600 steel or concrete beams of various lengths.
 
The Illinois Tollway is coordinating work on the Mile Long Bridge Project with the Village of Hodgkins, Village of Countryside, Village of Willow Springs, Village of Justice, Cook County, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), IDNR Office of Water Resources and the Illinois Nature Preserve Commission, as well as numerous businesses located near the Mile Long Bridge.
 
The work is part of the Illinois Tollway’s 15-year program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.
 
Construction information about the Mile Long Bridge Project is available in the “Projects by Roadway” section in the Explore Projects section on the Tollway’s website at illinoistollway.com. 
1/13/2020 1:25 PM (Updated 1/13/2020 3:43 PM)
Metro East: I-255 Lane Restrictions Begin Jan. 2

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that I-255 from IL-15 to I-64 will experience lane restrictions beginning on Thursday, January 2, weather permitting.  

A minimum of two open lanes of traffic in each direction will be maintained weekdays between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., but on weeknights and weekends traffic may be reduced to one lane. These restrictions are needed to make pavement repairs. All work will be completed by the end of January.
 
Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area.  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.
 
Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at http://stl-traffic.org.
 
For IDOT District 8 updates on Twitter, follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict8. 
12/27/2019 10:55 AM (Updated 12/28/2019 8:22 AM)
Jane Byrne: Outbound Wells Drive to Outbound Kennedy Closing Jan. 4
Ramp will be demolished, rebuilt to reopen by the end of 2020
 
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that, weather permitting, the ramp from outbound Ida B. Wells Drive to the outbound Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) will close at 1 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4. The closure is necessary to demolish and rebuild the ramp in time to reopen by the end of 2020.
 
The posted detour will direct Ida B. Wells Drive traffic northbound to Dearborn Street, westbound to Van Buren Street, northbound to Jefferson Street and eastbound to the Adams Street ramp to connect to the Kennedy.
 
Motorists 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.
 
This closure is necessary to demolish and reconstruct the ramp, which also will accommodate a future collector-distributor ramp system on the Kennedy. The new design will improve safety and efficiency by relocating several left-hand entrance ramps and reducing conflict points through a heavily congested area.
 
The closure of this ramp marks the first major closure at the Jane Byrne Interchange for the 2020 construction season, which will include additional closures and construction stage changes. Upcoming work in 2020 includes the closure, demolition, and reconstruction of the inbound Eisenhower ramp to the outbound Kennedy as well as ongoing reconstruction of the outbound Ida B. Wells Drive ramp to the outbound Dan Ryan and the inbound Kennedy ramp to inbound Ida B. Wells Drive.
 
Additionally, the final two surface street overpasses in the project area, Adams Street and Jackson Boulevard over the Kennedy Expressway, will close this spring for bridge reconstruction, with a tentative reopening scheduled for 2022. Work will continue on widening the inbound Eisenhower ramp to the outbound Dan Ryan as well as the inbound Kennedy ramp to the outbound Eisenhower, however, there are no anticipated long-term closures of these two ramps.
 
The Jane Byrne Interchange project will improve safety and traffic flow for the more than 400,000 motorists who use it daily, while enhancing mobility for bicycles, pedestrians and transit.  The overall project will be complete in 2022, following reconstruction of the mainline Kennedy and Dan Ryan expressways and opening of new collector-distributor ramps through the interchange in 2021.
 
For more information, visit www.janebyrneinterchange.org.  
12/18/2019 2:31 PM (Updated 1/6/2020 8:43 AM)
Frozen Road Law takes Effect Thursday In Northern WI

Law affects log haulers, transport of road salt/sand in Zones 1 and 2

Wisconsin's frozen road law takes effect Thursday, December 19 at 12:01 a.m. for the regions designated by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) as Zones 1 and 2. It means that effective Thursday, the frozen road law will apply to roughly the northern half of Wisconsin. The frozen road determination for the southern portion of the state will be made once conditions warrant.
 
The frozen road law allows heavier loads for trucks carrying peeled or unpeeled forest products cut crosswise (not including woodchips), and salt and sand for winter maintenance for a period of time determined by weather conditions. WisDOT and county highway personnel monitor temperature forecasts, along with frost tubes - liquid-filled devices under pavement - to help determine when roads are adequately frozen to accommodate heavier loads.
 
The declaration is issued once the ground under highway pavement is frozen to a depth of at least 18-inches, allowing the maximum gross weight for trucks hauling logs or salt and sand for maintaining roads in winter to go up to 98,000 pounds on vehicles with a minimum of five axles (from the normal 80,000 pounds). Special permits for hauling the increased weights are not required in Zone 1, however, vehicles must be legally licensed at 80,000 pounds to handle the increased weights. The higher weight limits do not apply to county or local roads unless authorized by the local agency having maintenance authority. Also, higher weights may not be transported on any highways or bridges specifically posted for lower weight limits.
 
The “Motor carrier/trucker” section of the WisDOT website contains comprehensive information impacting commercial motor vehicle operators including weight restriction programs and frozen road declaration. Customers can also check a recorded message on the Frozen Road Hotline at 608/266-8417. Haulers with specific questions can contact WisDOT’s Oversize/Overweight Permits Unit at 608/266-7320.  
12/18/2019 11:09 AM (Updated 12/21/2019 8:43 AM)
Taylor Street Exit on Inbound Ike (I-290) Closing Next Week
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the Taylor Street exit on the inbound Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) will be closed, weather permitting, starting at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, July 1, as part of the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction in downtown Chicago.
 
The ramp will be closed until spring 2020 to reconfigure the exit as well as the outbound Eisenhower ramp to the outbound Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94). 
 
A detour will direct motorists to the outbound Dan Ryan and 18th Street interchange to access Taylor Street via the inbound Dan Ryan. Motorists wishing to get to the University of Illinois Chicago campus can also use the recently reopened Racine Avenue exit.
 
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 overall reconstruction project at the Jane Byrne Interchange will improve safety and traffic flow for the more than 400,000 motorists who use it each day, while also enhancing mobility for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users in the surrounding neighborhoods. For more information and to view a live camera feed of the work zone, visit www.circleinterchange.org.   
6/27/2019 10:15 AM (Updated 6/29/2019 8:30 AM)

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