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Weekend Closures on Lake Shore Drive and the Stevenson

By Jen DeSalvo, WLS-AM 890 Traffic

(CHICAGO) Weekend travelers on the south side of Lake Shore Drive will have to find an alternate route this entire weekend as roadwork and the Chicago Half Marathon will shut down the drive completely.

Beginning Friday, Sept. 23, overnight lane closures begin that will last into the following week. The Illinois Department of Transportation announced this week that a full closure of northbound and southbound Lake Shore Drive for the installation of new bridge beams.

The following is a list of closures due to the planned road construction:
Northbound Lake Shore Drive: Full Closure starting at 8 p.m. Friday lasting until 12 p.m. Saturday.

Northbound Lake Shore Drive to outbound Stevenson ramp: The ramp will be closed from 8 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Saturday.

Inbound Stevenson to southbound Lake Shore Drive ramp: Closed Saturday from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Detours will be posted for all of this roadwork. For that information click here.

On Sunday, Sept. 25, the 20th Chicago Half Marathon will shut down Lake Shore Drive completely on the south side. This closure will impact traffic from 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  The race will actually run on the south side of Lake Shore Drive. The entire drive will be closed to traffic between Jackson Park (67th Street) north to 31st Street. Other streets around Jackson Park will be closed. The ramps to and from 31st Street will also be closed to traffic.

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Stevenson ramp closures start Wednesday night

(CHICAGO) Several nightly lane and ramp closures are planned on the Stevenson Expressway starting Wednesday night for ongoing Lake Shore Drive interchange construction.

The northbound I-55 entrance ramp from State Street and the northbound I-55 exit ramp to King Drive will be closed from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday, according to a statement from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The right lane of the northbound Stevenson will then close at midnight, and intermittent stops in the northbound lanes will occur starting at 1 a.m., IDOT said. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m.

Additional closures are planned early Friday. The ramp from the northbound Stevenson to southbound Lake Shore Drive will be closed from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., IDOT said. A detour will direct northbound traffic to exit the Stevenson at 18th Street to access southbound Lake Shore Drive.

The closures are part of a stage change during the ongoing I-55/Lake Shore Drive Interchange Reconstruction Project, according to IDOT. In the new traffic pattern, ramps from the northbound Stevenson to northbound and southbound Lake Shore Drive will split further west from the split’s current location, requiring drivers to choose a designated ramp sooner.

Drivers should expect delays in the area and allow for extra travel time, IDT said. The interchange project is expected to be finished in the fall of 2017.

Ramp work scheduled for I-55, U.S. 30 interchange in Joliet

(JOLIET) Lane closures on an exit ramp from Interstate 55 to U.S. 30 in southwest suburban Joliet start Tuesday to allow crews to do repair work.

One left turn lane on the ramp from northbound I-55 to U.S. 30 will be closed until Friday, according to a statement form the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The ramp will remain open to traffic throughout the project, IDOT said. Crews will be patching the concrete pavement.

Other ramps at the interchange are also undergoing repairs, and all of the construction will wrap up in the next few weeks, IDOT said. Motorists should allow extra travel time.

UPDATE: Police: Man killed, 2 injured in Stevenson Expressway crash

(CHICAGO) A man was killed and two others were injured Wednesday morning in a three-vehicle crash on the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) in the South Side Bridgeport neighborhood, authorities said.

Two SUVs and a car collided about 5:45 a.m. in the inbound lanes of I-55 near Throop Street, according to Illinois State Police.

A man, whose exact age was not known, was taken to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to police and Fire Media Affairs spokesman Joe Roccasalva. The Cook County medical examiners’ office could not immediately confirm the fatality.

Another person injured in the crash was taken in serious-to-critical condition to Stroger Hospital, Roccasalva said. A third person was taken in fair-to-serious condition to Mercy Hospital.

Three northbound lanes of the expressway were closed to traffic, but were reopened by 8:20 a.m., according to police.

Roadwork closes I-55 ramp in SW suburbs for two weekends

(CHANNAHON) Lanes on an Interstate 55 ramp in the southwest suburbs will be closed the next two weekends for road repairs.

Construction workers will be patching roadways, among other repairs, from Friday to Monday, April 27, then again from Friday, May 1 to Monday, May 4, the Illinois Department of Transportation said in a statement.

The work will shut down lanes on the southbound I-55 ramp leading to Arsenal Road, IDOT said. On both weekends, the closures will start at 9 p.m. Friday and last until 5 a.m. Monday.

Drivers should expect delays and allow extra time for travel, IDOT warned.

Bridge work to close LSD ramp to Stevenson on Tuesday

(Chicago)  A ramp from Lake Shore Drive to the Stevenson Expressway will be closed during the morning rush Tuesday for bridge repairs.

The closure of the ramp from northbound Lake Shore to southbound (I-55) will last from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

A detour will take drivers to 18th Street, where they can turn around and take Lake Shore Drive back south to the expressway, IDOT said.

The closure will allow crews to make bridge repairs, according to IDOT. Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra travel time.

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