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Lake Shore Drive Delays Ahead

A new construction project is getting underway on Chicago’s North Side that will make getting around on Lake Shore Drive a real challenge.

Crews worked Tuesday measuring, marking, and setting up cones on LaSalle Drive near Lake Shore. Eventually, LaSalle will be down to one lane in each direction from North Avenue to the drive.

This advance work is just a part of the big picture: a resurfacing and bridge repair project on Lake Shore Drive from North Avenue to Monroe. On Monday, Aug. 27, crews will have the drive reduced to only two lanes in each direction from North to Monroe until Oct. 6.

The Chicago Department of Transportation is strongly urging drivers to use public transportation during the six-week project.
The repairs and resurfacing will be done in two stages. During the first phase, the two left lanes of Lake Shore will be closed in both directions from North to Monroe. The second phase would shift traffic and close the right lanes.

While CDOT admits this will be a major inconvenience, they also stress that the work is badly needed, both the resurfacing on the drive between Grand Avenue and Monroe and the bridge work at North. In order to get the repair work done as quickly and safely as possible, crews will work double shifts with around the clock closures.

Read more at ABC 7.

IDOT Announces Roadwork Projects in Berwyn, Lyons, Summit, Stickney, Riverside and many more areas

Jen DeSalvo, WLS-AM Traffic and Transportation
(CHICAGO) Illinois Department of Transportation announced more roadwork projects this week that will continue over multiple weeks, and in some cases, even months.
Harlem Avenue from 26th Street to Interstate 55, in Berwyn, Lyons, Riverside, Stickney and Forest View will begin to see closures on Monday, April 24th for resurfacing. Harlem will be reduced to one lane in each direction with flaggers during daytime hours. This project is expected to be completed in Fall 2017.
In Summit, Archer Road (Illinois 171) from 55th Place to 63rd Street will experience closures for resurfacing and pavement. According to IDOT, in order to complete the work, daytime lane closures will take place in both directions on Archer Road between 55th Place and 63rd Street. This project will focus on improving safety and create new sidewalks and ramps which will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The project is expected to be completed in Summer 2017.
In Gurnee, Illinois 132 between Ferndale Street and Estes Street, will experience closures for a pavement reconstruction project. Westbound traffic on Illinois 132 will be reduced to one lane between Ferndale Street and Estes Street during daytime hours Monday through Friday. Per the scope of the project includes pavement reconstruction, patching, storm sewer improvements and new concrete and gutter. Expect these closures to continue through Fall 2017.

Wolf Road closing in Orland Park for Metra crossing repairs

(ORLAND PARK) Wolf Road will be fully closed at the Metra railroad crossing in southwest suburban Orland Park beginning Wednesday.

The closure between Southwest Highway and 179th Street will start Wednesday and last until April 28, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Northbound Wolf traffic will be redirected to the west on 179th and northeast on Illinois 6, IDOT said. Southbound Wolf traffic will take the reverse route.

Drivers should expect delays and allow for extra travel time.

Roadwork in Barrington, South Barrington and Barrington Hills

(CHICAGO) The Illinois Department of Transportation has released information for more road construction projects beginning the week of April 10.

There will be daily, off-peak closures on Illinois 59 between Barrington Road & Higgins Road, in Barrington, Barrington Hills and South Barrington for patching and resurfacing.

IL-59 will be reduced to one lane with flaggers during construction activities that will continue through the end of summer 2017.

In another project, the Foster Avenue bridge over the North Branch of the Chicago River will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Keeler Avenue and Pulaski Road daily.

These closures are for a bridge painting project that will extend the life span of the bridge. The project is expected to be completed in Summer 2017.

Spring Roadwork from the Illinois Department of Transportation

By Jen DeSalvo, WLS-AM Traffic
(CHICAGO) Various roadwork projects began on Monday, April 10 in the metro, and will continue long term in some areas.

Lane closures along U.S. 30 will happen both during the day and night in both directions from Lincoln Station Drive to 143rd Street in Plainfield, Aurora and Oswego for resurfacing. This project has an expected end date of late summer 2017.

Nightly lane closures on the Bishop Ford Freeway (Interstate 94) between I-57 and Martin Luther King Drive will happen during the overnight hours in Chicago for resurfacing. Both the inbound and outbound sides will be affected through the end of the spring season.

Temporary lane closures in Des Plaines along Wolf Road from Rand Road (U.S. 12) to Golf Road (Illinois 58will take place during off-peak travel hours between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with has an anticipation completion date during this spring.

Finally, intersection improvement on Butterfield Road in Aurora at Raddant Road including widening, drainage improvements and new traffic signal installation. The overall project is expected to be completed in Fall 2017.

IDOT announces suburban road closures

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced a series of road closures in the Chicago area that began Monday.

Due to various construction projects, the closures will impact:

  • Talcott Road from Sibley Street to Canfield Avenue in the northwest suburbs;
  • Illinois 59 from North Avenue to I-90 in the west and northwest suburbs; and
  • Interstate 55 from Weber to Willow Spring roads in the south and southwest suburbs.

Talcott Road and Illinois 59 will be reduced to one lane in each direction and Interstate 55 will experience nightly lane closures while construction is taking place, according to a statement from IDOT. The projects are expected to be completed in Fall 2017.

CTA construction to cause lane closure on Dan Ryan

(CHICAGO) Starting this week, one inbound lane will close on the Dan Ryan Expressway for several months to make way for construction on the CTA Red Line’s 95th/Dan Ryan train station and bus terminal.

Construction for the CTA’s 95th Street Terminal Improvement Project requires an extended closure of the left inbound lane where I-57 merges into the Dan Ryan, just north of 95th Street, according to a statement from the CTA. The lane closure will begin Saturday, weather permitting, and last until fall 2017.

The closure, which was also in effect in fall 2016, could cause delays in the area, the transit agency said. Traffic monitoring devices and changeable message signs will be installed along northbound I-57 and Illinois State Police will be adding extra patrols in the area, to enforce work zone speed limits, among other things. Drivers are urged to allow extra time for trips in the area and pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones.

Workers will be completing construction on the new facility’s foundations, and working on what will be two CTA terminal buildings – one north and one south of 95th Street – that will replace the transit agency’s existing 95th Street bus and rail facility, the CTA said.

For more information on the project, visit: http://www.transitchicago.com/95thTerminal/.

Pedestrian ramps to close along Kingery Highway

(CHICAGO) Sidewalks and pedestrian ramps are scheduled to close Wednesday in west suburban Willowbrook and Darien along the Kingery Highway (Route 83).

The closures are part of a larger project to reconstruct the sidewalks and ramps to make them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act in Cook, DuPage and Kane counties, the Illinois Department of Transportation said. Temporary lane closures could also be necessary when work is in progress.

Closures will take place at sidewalk corners and ramps in Willowbrook from Wednesday to Friday along the highway at 67th Street, at Cramer Court and at 63rd Street, IDOT said. In Darien, the closures will happen at 91st Street, Midway Drive, 75th Street and Plainfield Road.

Pedestrians should follow sidewalk closure signs.

Bridge construction to close sidewalks along Union Station

(CHICAGO) Reconstruction work on the Adams Street Bridge over the Chicago River in the Loop will close sidewalks near Union Station.

Pedestrians will not be allowed to use Adams Street along Union Station for 60 days, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation. However, a mid-block crossing will be available. Pedestrians should go north to Monroe Street or south to Jackson Street if they need to walk west from Wacker Drive. The bridge was closed in January for reconstruction work.

The Adams Street entrance to Union Station will remain open during construction, CDOT said. The sidewalks are expected to re-open by Dec. 10. The entire project is expected to be completed by January.

Temporary Lane Closures on the Stevenson Expressway

By Jennifer Keiper, WLS-AM 890 News

(CHICAGO) The Illinois Department of Transporation is warning drivers to expect delays on the Stevenson Expressway, under Pulaski Road.

The Pulaski bridge needs to be inspected.

Temporary lane closures are scheduled between 7 and 11 a.m.

© WLS-AM 890 News

100th Street bridge closes for repairs Tuesday

(CHICAGO) The 100th Street bridge on the South Side will be closed for emergency repairs Tuesday morning, according to a statement from Chicago Department of Transportation.

Beginning 9:30 a.m., both leafs of the bascule bridge across the Calumet River will be raised and locked for at least two weeks while emergency repairs are made to one of the gears, CDOT said.

Traffic will be detoured to the bridge at 106th Street, according to CDOT.

Daily lane closures start Wednesday on Harlem bridge over Cal-Sag

(PALOS HEIGHTS) Construction started Wednesday morning on the Harlem Avenue bridge over the Cal-Sag Channel in southwest suburban Palos Heights and Worth, reducing traffic to a single lane.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane with flaggers on the bridge every day for the duration of the project, according to a statement from the Illinois Department of Transportation. The closure times will exclude peak traffic hours of 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.

The closures are necessary for repairs and painting on the bridge, IDOT said. Motorists can expect delays and are encouraged to seek alternate routes through the area. The bridge work is expected to be completed over the summer.

LaSalle Street Bridge will close Monday for one week

(CHICAGO) The LaSalle Street Bridge will be closed to daytime traffic for about one week starting Monday to replace a center lock that has been out of repair since last year.

All lanes will be closed daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., according to a statement from the Chicago Department of Transportation.

Northbound motorists should turn right on Wacker and use Dearborn to cross the river and before turning on Kinzie back to LaSalle, CDOT said. They can also turn left on Wacker and use Franklin to cross the river and then head west on Hubbard to LaSalle.

Southbound motorists should drive east on Kinzie to Clark to cross the river and then go back LaSalle, CDOT said. They can also drive west on Kinzie to Wells and then cross the river and back to LaSalle.


Another Weekend of Closures for Byrne Flyover

By Jen DeSalvo, WLS-AM 890 News and Traffic

(CHICAGO) Just because it is winter in Chicago, that doesn’t mean that Kennedy, Eisenhower and Dan Ryan commuters are getting a break from construction work on the Jane Byrne (Circle) Interchange.

In a news release from the Illinois Department of Transportation, the organization announced that the ramp from the inbound Kennedy Expressway (EB I-90/94) to the outbound Eisenhower Expressway (WB I-290) will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, to 4 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, weather permitting.

This closure is part of the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange Project, which began in September 2013, and is planned to be completed in Summer 2018.

The closure is necessary for construction of the pier needed for the new flyover ramp linking the inbound Dan Ryan Expressway (WB I-90/94) to the outbound Eisenhower Expressway (WB I-290).

There will be a posted detour directing motorists to the 18th street exit, where they will cross over the bridge to return to the Dan Ryan, only in the inbound direction. From there, they can access the outbound Eisenhower on the ramp which was previously under construction this past fall.

Photo: IDOT
Photo: IDOT
Work will continue throughout the winter months, as long as the weather cooperates with the planned roadwork. Heavy snow, ice and extreme cold temperatures are factors which have halted construction in the past.

Final Weekend Closures for Jane Byrne Reconstruction

Photo Credit: Morguefile.com
Photo Credit: Morguefile.com

By Nick Gale, WLS News

(CHICAGO) This is the final weekend of closures on Chicago expressways as reconstruction of the Jane Byrne Circle Interchange picks up again today.

The outbound Eisenhower at the interchange will close at 10 this evening. Traffic can still access the I-90/94 ramps, but a detour will direct traffic to the outbound Dan Ryan and the 18th Street interchange to access the outbound Eisenhower via the inbound Ryan.

The inbound Kennedy between Ohio and Harrison will be reduced to one lane at 8 p.m. Saturday, but unlike the last three weekends, no full stops will be required. All inbound Kennedy lanes should be reopened by 10 a.m. Sunday. All lanes on all expressways will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday.

Here Nick Gale’s report for WLS News radio here:

The closures are necessary so steel beams can be installed to support the deck of the new flyover bridge linking the inbound Ryan to the outbound Eisenhower.

This is forth and final weekend of closures.


@ WLS News

Aurora railroad crossing repairs to begin Friday

(AURORA) Ogden Avenue, or US Route 34, will be closed at the Canadian National Railroad crossing in west suburban Aurora for repairs starting Friday morning.

The repairs will start 9 a.m. and a detour will be posted to direct traffic through the area, according to a statement from the Illinois Department of Transportation. Eastbound traffic on Ogden will proceed north on Eola Road, to east on New York Street, to south on Illinois Route 59 and back to Ogden.

Westbound traffic will proceed in the opposite directions along the same roads.

The project is expected to be complete by May 18, IDOT said.

Construction could reduce roads to one lane in southwest suburbs

(LEMONT) A drainage and resurfacing project has caused lane reductions in the southwest suburbs slated to last until mid-July.

The work will occur along Cal-Sag Road/Route 83, according to a statement from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Traffic on Route 83 between the Cal-Sag Channel and U.S. Route 45 may be reduced to one lane with flaggers at different locations until July 15, IDOT said.

The work will occur in Lemont, unincorporated Lemont and Palos Township, IDOT said.

Drivers should allow extra time for travel.

Roadwork to reduce North Aurora Road to one lane in Naperville

(NAPERVILLE) Roadwork in west suburban Naperville will require a major traffic pattern shift on North Aurora Road starting Thursday and lasting through September.

A new traffic pattern will be installed on North Aurora Road, reducing it to a single lane in each direction near Illinois Route 59, according to a statement from the Illinois Department of Transportation. Both eastbound and westbound traffic will have a dedicated left turn lane at Route 59.

The traffic shift is part of an ongoing road reconstruction project along Route 59 intended to increase the road’s capacity, reduce the potential for crashes and relieve traffic congestion, according to IDOT.

Drivers are advised to allow extra travel time for the duration of the project, which should be finished by the end of September.

Construction on Route 21 in Niles, Glenview to last until August

(NILES) Traffic on Route 21 in the northern suburbs will be reduced to one lane throughout the summer for a resurfacing project.

Route 21 will be reduced to one lane in each direction during the daytime hours between Touhy Avenue and Glenview Road, impacting drivers in Niles and Glenview, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Crews will be working on a resurfacing project, IDOT said.

Construction began Monday and will be complete by the end of August, IDOT said. Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra travel time.

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Lane reductions scheduled for Route 137 in Libertyville

(LIBERTYVILLE) Lane reductions are scheduled to start on Illinois Route 137 in northwest suburban Libertyville as crews begin roadwork Monday.

In order to complete the work, eastbound and westbound traffic lanes will be reduced for construction activities along Route 137 between O’Plaine Road and Illinois Route 21, or Milwaukee Avenue, the Illinois Department of Transportation said.

The project is expected to be completed by July 6.

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