gives motorists a break for Christmas holiday
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[December 22, 2008]
SPRINGFIELD -- As millions of
Illinois residents prepare to hit the roadways to visit family and
friends this holiday season, Illinois Department of Transportation
Secretary Milton R. Sees announced that the agency will be giving
motorists a break by suspending lane closures where possible over
the Christmas weekend. He also urged drivers to closely monitor
weather reports before beginning any long-distance car trips and to
www.gettingaroundillinois.com for travel directions and the
latest information on winter road conditions across the state.
Information is also available by phone from a toll-free line.
"We want to do everything possible to ensure safe travel for the
millions of motorists traveling to visit their loved ones," said
Sees. "We hope the suspension of construction and opening lanes this
holiday season will help prevent any mishaps on our roadways."
Work in construction zones around the state will be suspended for
Christmas from 3 p.m. Wednesday through midnight Sunday.
Due to the nature of some projects, there will be construction
zones throughout the state that will continue to have lane closures
in effect. The Department of Transportation is urging motorists to
slow down and drive with caution through these work zones. Travelers
are reminded that work zone speed limits are still in effect.
According to AAA Chicago, more than 52.4 million Americans intend
to travel by automobile (82 percent of all holiday travelers), a 1.2
percent decrease from the 53 million people who drove last year. In
Illinois, nearly 2.5 million people will be traveling for the
holidays. The majority, 1.9 million, will be traveling by motor
vehicle, with 303,000 people flying.
Motorists are advised to check
www.gettingaroundillinois.com for road condition reports and
updates on road construction. Interstate road condition information
is also available by calling 1-800-452-IDOT (4368).
Areas that will continue to have lane closures are as follows:
Ridge Avenue from Clark Street to Howard Street -- Resurfacing.
One lane is open in each direction.
Illinois 21 from Willow Road to Sanders -- Reconstruction and
bridge work. One lane open in each direction (will continue
throughout the winter).
159th Street from Lexington to Fisk -- Reconstruction. No
effects on 159th. Park Avenue northbound will be one lane
(second lane closed). Work will proceed on the railroad tracks.
Cumberland Avenue from Oakton Street to Church Street in Niles
-- Reconstruction. Lane restrictions.
Willow Springs Road over the Des Plaines River -- Bridge work.
Job is suspended for winter. All lanes open to traffic.
Green Bay Road at Wilmette Avenue, Central and Lake Avenue --
Reconstruction. Lane restrictions.
Sheridan Road from 10th Street to Isabella Street --
Reconstruction. Southbound lanes are closed. Traffic was moved
to the northbound lanes. One lane is open in each direction.
Illinois 31 over Mill Creek -- Bridge work. One lane in each
U.S. 20 (Lake Street) over the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway
Co. -- Bridge work and resurfacing. One lane open in each
U.S. Route 41, Skokie highway over Illinois Route 132 --
Roadway, bridge and interchange reconstruction. Two lanes in
each direction on U.S. Route 41 and Illinois 132, along with
ramps, will remain open. No lane closures are expected.
Illinois 60 over the Tri-State Tollway and from Riverwoods Road
Boulevard to Saunders Road and Field Drive -- Bridge work,
reconstruction and resurfacing. Two lanes eastbound and two
lanes westbound with left turn lanes provided at signalized
Old Elm Road over the Skokie River -- Bridge reconstruction. All
lanes open. Punch-list work in spring.
Sheridan Road from Belvidere Road to Grand Avenue --
Reconstruction. All lanes open. Intermittent closures over the
winter for electrical work.
Sunset Avenue from Delany Road to Illinois 131 --
Reconstruction. Job completed. All lanes open.
Illinois 176 between Millstream Road and North Union Road --
Bridge reconstruction. Traffic signals have been removed and the
roadway is open between Franklinville Road and McCue Road.
Illinois 176 over the south branch of the Kishwaukee River --
Bridge reconstruction. Detour traffic is still in effect for
bridge between Millstream and Union roads. Roadway may possibly
be open by Christmas if weather permits work to be completed.
Arsenal Road -- Reconstruction. Closed from Indian Trail Road to
Local 150 entrance. Detour posted.
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- Illinois 251 (Kishwaukee Street) in Rockford from Harrison
Avenue to 15th Street -- Removal and replacement of the roadway
pavement has restricted traffic to one lane in each direction
until November of 2009.
All lanes open on all state roadways in District 3 during the
- U.S. Route 34 bypass bridge over U.S. 150 and Henderson
Street in Galesburg -- Bridge reconstruction. One lane open in
- Old Illinois 122 near Hopedale -- Road closed. Bridge
- Illinois Route 17 east of Joy -- Bridge repair. One lane
open, controlled by signals.
All lanes open to traffic on all state roadways in District 5
during the holiday period.
- Illinois 127 one mile north of Donnelson -- Reconstruction
of bridge restricts traffic to one lane controlled by temporary
- U.S. 50 west of Illinois 1 near Lawrenceville -- Bridge
rehabilitation restricts traffic to one lane controlled by
temporary traffic signals.
- U.S. 45 north and south of Cisne -- Bridge rehabilitations
at three separate locations restricting traffic to one lane
controlled by temporary traffic signals.
- Riggin Road from Illinois 162 to Parkside Drive in Troy --
Riggin Road will be closed for reconstruction. Motorists should
follow the marked detour using Illinois 162 to Laundry Street to
Wickliffe Street to Riggin Road and vice versa. Riggin Road is
expected to be opened by Dec. 31.
St. Clair County
- Illinois 13 and 15 from Freeburg to Greenmount Road --
Motorists will encounter a lane shift and restriction along
Illinois Route 13 and 15 just east of Green Mount Road. The
project is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2009.
- Illinois 160 near Addieville -- Road will be reduced to one
lane to replace the structures carrying Illinois 160 over Plum
Creek and a tributary to Plum Creek near Addieville. Two-way
traffic will be maintained utilizing temporary traffic signals.
The project will be completed by the end of August 2009.
- Illinois 34 3.2 miles east of Benton -- One-lane temporary
bridge with traffic controlled by temporary signals.
- Illinois 142 just north of Broughton -- Work on two bridges.
One-lane bridge construction with traffic controlled by
Illinois 1 two
miles south of Gallatin County -- One-lane bridge construction
with controlled by temporary signals.
Illinois 1 four miles south of Gallatin
County -- One-lane bridge construction with traffic controlled
by temporary signals.
- 42nd Street east of the new Veterans Drive interchange --
Roadway closed due to construction.
- Illinois 34 at north city limit of Harrisburg -- One-lane
bridge construction with traffic controlled by temporary
Illinois 37 just
north of Johnson County line -- One-lane bridge construction
with traffic controlled by temporary signals.
Interstate 57 and Old 13, milepost 53
on I-57 -- One lane closed in each direction for median access.
Department of Transportation
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