Many construction zones will be
open for Christmas from Thursday, Dec. 23, at 3 p.m. until midnight
on Sunday, Dec. 26, and for New Year's from Thursday, Dec. 30, at 3
p.m. until midnight on Sunday, Jan. 2.
However, there will be some
construction zones across the state that will continue to have lane
closures because of the type of work under way. Motorists are
advised to check IDOT's new traveler-oriented website,
for information on winter road conditions and road construction.
Interstate road condition information is also available at 1 (800)
In the greater Chicago area all
lanes will be open on the Edens, Eisenhower, Stevenson, Kennedy and
Bishop Ford expressways as well as Interstate 80.
Construction will continue in the
One (Cook, DuPage, Will, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties)
Bridge replacement work will
continue on Interstate 57, under Throop Street and at the 107th
Street bridge superstructure replacement. This job will be suspended
for the winter sometime later this month. There will be shoulder and
nighttime closures on I-57. A detour is posted for oversized trucks
using 107th Street. Motorists traveling on 107th Street will use the
new eastbound lanes, and traffic on Throop Street will use the
Workers will continue bridge
construction on the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) from the I-90
Skyway interchange to Wentworth Avenue. To continue south on Dan
Ryan, use the left lane. Motorists in the right lane will be
required to exit at the Skyway interchange. The Chicago Skyway
interchange ramps and bridges over State Street and the 67th Street
bridge will remain closed. The Dan Ryan southbound exit to 71st
Street and the Dan Ryan northbound exit to 67th Street will remain
closed until August. The southbound Dan Ryan entrance from 67th
Street and the southbound Dan Ryan entrance from 71st Street will
also be closed.
75th Street, 59th Street and Wells
Street between 63rd Street and 65th Street will continue to see
construction as well. Detour signs are posted. The ramp from
southbound Dan Ryan to eastbound I-90 Skyway will remain open.
Water main relocation will continue
on the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) from 31st Street to 71st
Street. One lane in each direction on Wells, Wentworth, LaSalle,
32nd and 37th streets will be closed due to water main replacement
The I-94 Dan Ryan ramps, both north
and southbound, from 67th Street to 71st Street will be closed for
bridge relocation, new lane construction and ramp improvements.
Expect partial lane closures until the end of June on ramps
connecting the Dan Ryan southbound to I-90/Skyway eastbound as well
as ramps connecting the Dan Ryan northbound to I-90 Skyway
westbound. One lane will always be open for traffic during
Wells Street between 63rd Street and
65th Street will remain closed until August. Detour routes are
57th Street over I-94/90 and ramps
located along the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) between 57th Street
and 47th Street will have construction of retaining walls and bridge
Dan Ryan (I-90/94) from 31st Street
to I-57 will have a water main and utility adjustment.
Entrance and exit ramps on I-94/90
from 31st Street to 25th Street are closed for reconstruction.
The south shoulder of the reversible
lanes on I-90/94 at Western Avenue will be closed between Logan
Boulevard and Western Avenue.
73rd Street from Oak Park Avenue to
Meade Avenue will have one lane open at all times during street
East Avenue from 39th Street to 31st
Street -- widening, resurfacing, sewer repair, traffic signal
Hillgrove Avenue from Gilbert Avenue
to Kensington Avenue -- pavement reconstruction, sidewalk
construction, drainage and lighting.
I-94/90 Dan Ryan from 31st Street to
I-57 -- water main and utility adjustment. I-94/I-394 under 170th
Street will be closed for bridge replacement.
Traffic will be reduced to one lane
in each direction on 170th Street at I-94/I-394 for bridge
I-394 eastbound from the Lincoln
Oasis -- bridge replacement. The ramp from eastbound I-80/294 to
southbound Route 394 has right and left shoulder closures and narrow
lanes. Westbound I-94 has a left shoulder closure and traffic pushed
onto the right shoulder from south of the I-94/Route 394 merge to
170th Street. The two left lanes on eastbound I-94 are narrow from
170th Street to the I-80/94/294 interchange. Northbound Route 394
will be detoured onto new temporary lanes between I-80 and eastbound
I-94. Expect narrow lanes and shoulder closures on I-394 around
Oak Park Avenue from Route 38 to
Route 64 will be closed for street and landscaping work.
St. Charles Road and Wolf Road --
pavement construction from I-290 to Wolf Road and pavement
reconstruction from St. Charles Road to Proviso Drive. Traffic is
reduced to one lane in each direction using the south half of St.
Charles Road. Wolf Road is also down to one lane in each direction,
with traffic using the west half of the road.
York Road bridge over the East-West
Tollway and the Salt Creek to I-88 tollway ramp have construction of
bike path, pedestrian bridge and widening of bridge.
I-290 eastbound over I-355 in
Addison has bridge joint repair and painting.
Barrington Road south of the
Northwest Tollway to south of Route 72 is closed for widening and
reconstruction. Traffic is switched onto Barrington Road northbound
and onto the new pavement southbound.
Diversey/Sunset from 80th
Avenue to Harlem Avenue is closed for street work.
Construction at Grand Avenue and
Canadian National Railway due to railroad track relocation along
with street and sewer work.
Howard Street from Niles Center Road
to East Prairie Road has pavement reconstruction, intersection
improvements, traffic signal modernization and drainage
Roberta Avenue from Route 64/North
Avenue to MacArthur Drive has milling, resurfacing and patching.
Rohlwing Road from Industrial Avenue
to Northwest Highway has milling, resurfacing, patching, roadway
construction bike path construction and traffic signals.
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Roy Avenue from North Avenue to
MacArthur Drive has milling, resurfacing and patching.
Route 56 over the West Branch of the
DuPage River has bridge repairs.
83rd Street from North Bolingbrook
Drive to North Janes Avenue has resurfacing, striping, sidewalk and
Diehl Road and Eola Road to Country
Club Boulevard are closed for pavement reconstruction from Eola Road
to Country Club Boulevard.
Highland Avenue from Route 56 to
22nd Street closed for roadway reconstruction.
Lombard Road from Fullerton Avenue
to U.S. 20/Lake Street -- earth excavation, pavement removal, storm
sewers, curb and gutter replacement, sidewalk work. Northbound
traffic between Fullerton Avenue and Capitol Drive is using the
southbound lane. There is one lane open in both directions from
Capitol Drive and Diversey Avenue and between Diversey Avenue and
Army Trail Boulevard.
Also, northbound between Army Trail
Road and Lake Street/U.S. 20 -- curb and gutter work. The northbound
lanes are reduced to using one southbound lane.
Route 56 will be closed between
Route 25 and Grant Street for pavement reconstruction. One lane of
traffic will be maintained in each direction on Route 25.
Expect lane closures on Lake Marion
Road from Route 25 to Washington Street due to reconstruction of
Williams Street and the resurfacing of Lake Marion Road.
Route 173 over Piscasaw Creek
overflow -- deck beam replacement.
Route 22 east of Route 43 to Ridge
Road -- bridge replacement. New pavement, storm sewers and the
bridge, on the south half of Route 22, targeted to finish in the
spring of 2005.
Route 59 at Beach Grove Road --
Route 83 over the Wisconsin Central
-- new bridge deck. East half of the bridge is closed, routing
traffic onto the west half.
Route 131 at 21st Street --
Route 173/Rosecrans Road at Hunt
Club Road -- intersection reconstruction.
Sullivan Road at Route 31 and Route
25 over the Fox River -- reconstruction of pavement and
modernization of the traffic signals.
Virgil Gilman Trail over Route 56 --
earth excavation, erosion control and concrete work.
I-57/70 milepost 159 -- bridge
replacement. Two narrow lanes open each direction.
Route 146, west edge of
Elizabethtown -- bridge replacement. One-lane bridge open, with
traffic controlled by signals.
I-57 milepost 92 -- bridge
replacement. Two narrow lanes open in each direction.
Route 37 in Mount Vernon -- widening
and rehab. One lane open with temporary signals.
U.S. 45 four miles south of Vienna
-- bridge replacement. One lane open, with traffic controlled by
Route 102 three miles west of
Bourbonnais -- bridge replacement. One lane open, controlled by
U.S. 34 through Plano. One lane open
in each direction. Work zone speed limit is 35 mph west of Ben
Street and 30 mph east of Ben Street.
Route 23 west of Cornell -- bridge
replacement. One lane open, controlled by signals.
Airline Drive from one-half mile
west of Route 111 to one-half mile east of Route 111 in Bethalto is
closed. Detour signs will direct traffic.
Gerber Road will be closed from
Goshen Road to Little Round Top Drive in Edwardsville. Detour signs
will direct traffic.
Intersection of Old Troy Road and
Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon -- detour route is signed to
direct the traveling public.
Cougar Drive will be closed at
Center Grove Road. Detour signs will direct traffic.
I-55/74 around Bloomington from
Route 9 to I-39 has all lanes open, narrow lanes and changing lane
configurations. The work zone speed limit is 45 mph.
I-74 westbound Exit 93B on-ramp and
exit ramp at Washington Street -- permanently closed for interstate
Route 34 at east edge of Rudement --
bridge replacement. One-lane bridge open, with traffic controlled by
I-74 westbound Exit 94 (on-ramp
spacing) at Riverfront Drive -- closed for pavement reconstruction.
I-74 eastbound Exit 95 (on-ramp
spacing) from northbound Route 116 -- closed for interstate
Southbound entrance ramp to I-57
closed due to bridge replacement.
A construction map and project
information of Illinois highways can be found at
www.dot.il.gov. Winter road
condition information is also available there or by calling 1 (800)
452-4368. Illinois State Toll Highway information can be found at
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