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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.

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.

Weekend A-Jenda: Flower Fest, Color Fest and Opening Weekend…it is Officially Spring!

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Ray Stagich’s Weather Forecast

Friday | Few clouds early, otherwise…Plenty of sunshine. High 56F. (40s lakefront) Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph.
Friday Night | Partly cloudy skies. Low 37F. (colder suburbs) Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday | Sunny, breezy and milder…. High 69F. Winds S at 15 to 25 mph.
Saturday night | A few clouds from time to time. Low around 55F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.
Sunday | Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the low 60s.

Spin to Break the Cycle

Date: Saturday, April 8th
Time: First session at 8:00 a.m.
Location: House of Blues, Chicago

From the website: On Saturday, April 8th, Spin to Break the Cycle takes over the iconic House of Blues Chicago uniting individuals, corporations and the greater Chicago community as together we help break the cycle and invest in the future of Chicago’s youth – creating stronger, safer, and healthier communities.

This high-energy spin (indoor cycling) event raises funds to support World Sport Chicago’s initiatives that leverage the transformative power of play and sport to mobilize communities to collectively make lasting change in their own community. Some of the city’s most recognized personalities, fitness instructors and organizations will enhance the excitement of the day in a spin event like none other.

For more information and reservations, visit the event website here: http://www.spintobreakthecycle.com/

Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins

Date: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Location: Guaranteed Rate Field

Macy’s Flower Show

Date:  Through Sunday, April 9th
Time: Friday & Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sunday – 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Macy’s on State Street

Via the event website: Throughout the two weeks of Macy’s Flower Show, come enjoy a commemorative art installation representing the Chicago World’s Fair by Steven Crissey. The Chicago World’s Fair was meant to do far more than merely amuse the public; it ultimately showcased art, science, commerce and industry while creating a gathering place for people of all social classes. Steven Crissey is an American multimedia artist, focusing on design, painting and illustration, based in Chicago. To see more of Steven’s work, please feel free to follow him on Instagram at @coolsaysnev or check out stevencrissey.com.

Kids can learn the tricks of the trade for circus performers on Saturday at noon. Juggling, plate spinning, and other non-traditional skills to be learned on the ninth floor. Click here to RSVP your eight to 14-year-old.

Holi -The Festival Of Colors

Date: Saturday, April 8th
Time:11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Naperville

Fun with color! Downtown Naperville will be painted in rainbow for this peaceful event of bathing yourself, friends and strangers in color. The organizer’s website states, “People bury their hatchets with a warm embrace and throw their worries to the wind. Festival promotes friendship while offering an occasion to forgive and forget.We will supply bags of organic, safe, dry colors for a small donation of $ 2 each.”

The event is a festival in Hindu tradition that closes out the winter and welcomes the spring with love.

2017 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four Hockey Championship Game

Date: Saturday, April 8th
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: United Center

On Saturday, according to a press release from the Mayor’s office, there will be several events and a free Frozen Fest for fans which is open to the public. “Frozen Fest will be the place to be for all hockey fans young and old. The festival-within-a-festival will be packed with red carpet team arrivals, pep rallies, live music, giveaways, games, local food, special appearances and more. Frozen Fest will be outside the United Center in Lot C, near gates two and three off of Madison Avenue.”

Click here for a full schedule of events.

Traffic Restrictions & Road Projects

Randolph Street between Franklin and Wells will be closed to remove a construction crane at the 151 N. Franklin Development. Randolph will be closed between Franklin and Wells Streets from 5 a.m. on Saturday, April 8th until 6:00 a.m. on Monday, April 10th.

Clinton Street between Fulton and Kinzie for Metra track maintenance. The closure will start at 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 8 and continue until 5 a.m. on Monday, May 10.

CTA Alerts and Route Changes

Apr 7 – 8
11:00 p.m. on Friday to 5:00 a.m. on Saturday
95th-bound Trains Bypass Jarvis Thru Bryn Mawr Stations
How does this affect my trip?
95th-bound trains will not stop at Jarvis, Morse, Loyola, Granville, Thorndale or Bryn Mawr stations.
For service from these stations, take a Howard-bound train to Howard and transfer to a 95th-bound train.
For service to these stations, take a 95th-bound train to Berwyn and transfer to a Howard-bound train.
For the full schedule of changes, visit http://www.transitchicago.com/weekend/

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.

Illinois Route 390 ramp closed in Itasca

The ramp from westbound Illinois Route 390 to Rohlwing Road in Itasca is closed for pavement work. | Illinois Tollway

(ITASCA) An Illinois Route 390 ramp will be closed for pavement work for the rest of the month in northwest suburban Itasca.

The ramp from westbound Route 390 to Rohlwing Road will be closed this week and into November, according to a statement from the Illinois Tollway. Westbound traffic will be rerouted via the Meacham Road loop ramp onto eastbound Route 390 in order to access Rohlwing.

The closure is part of ongoing work on the Rohlwing Road interchange under the Illinois Route 390 Project, which will extend Route 390 east to Illinois Route 83, according to the tollway.

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.

Lane closures begin Tuesday on Kennedy Expressway

(CHICAGO) Temporary lane and ramp closures were scheduled to begin Tuesday on the inbound Kennedy Expressway on the Northwest Side.

Preliminary work on an expressway improvement project will require the closures, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Lanes on Interstate 90/94 will be closed between Cumberland and Harlem avenues for the project. Closures are also expected for the ramp from Cumberland Avenue to the inbound Kennedy Expressway and the right shoulder of the inbound Kennedy.

The project will construct an additional lane on the inbound Kennedy from Cumberland to Harlem, IDOT said. New retaining walls and lighting will also be added.

Motorists should expect delays.

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.

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Work on Adams Street bridge causes sidewalk closures this weekend

(CHICAGO) Viaduct demolitions on Adams Street at the bascule bridge will require sidewalk closures over the next two weekends.

Pedestrians will be barred from using Adams Street over the Union Stations railroad tracks, the mid-block crossing and access across the bascule bridge, according to a statement from CDOT.

Access will close at 9 p.m. Friday and open again at 6 a.m. Monday. Pedestrians entering and leaving Union Station are urged to use entrances other than Adams Street, CDOT said.

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.

Traffic and Transportation Projects for the Week of June 13

By Jen DeSalvo, WLS-AM 890 Traffic and Transportation

(CHICAGO) Closures for pavement repairs begin on northbound Kingery Highway (Illinois 83) between Grove Avenue and Irving Park Road (Illinois 19), in Bensenville, Monday, June 13. Kingery will be reduced down to two lanes.

Bridge repairs and safety improvements start Monday, June 13 on Main Street (Illinois 31) over the Edgewood Ravine, south of Illinois 62, in Algonquin. The project will continue through the summer months.

From the Illinois Department of Transportation, “the bridge that carries Main Street over the Edgewood Ravine will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Lane width reductions and temporary traffic signals also will be in place for the duration of the project.”

Also, IDOT instructs that all northbound left turns from Illinois 31 at Edgewood Drive will be prohibited. A posted detour will direct traffic west on Beach Drive and north on Cardinal

In Lake Villa, Fairfield Road will be closed to traffic north of Grand Avenue (Illinois 132) for ongoing intersection improvement. The project consists of pavement widening, resurfacing and traffic signal installation.

As far as CTA projects, there is an “Overnight Boarding Change” in place, as Blue Line trains will run on only one track between Clark/Lake and Damen from 10:00 p.m. on Monday through 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14.

Also beginning on Monday, June 13, Forest Park-bound Blue line trains will not stop at Irving Park station at all through July 5.

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.

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.

Ramp improvement project coming to Tri-State, Jane Addams interchange near O’Hare

(ROSEMONT) Construction begins Wednesday to repair ramps that are part of the Tri-State Tollway and Jane Addams Memorial Tollway interchange near O’Hare Airport.

The project is part of a $2.5 billion plan to widen and rebuild the Jane Addams (I-90), according to the Illinois Tollway.

The ramps connecting eastbound I-90 to the northbound and southbound Tri-State (I-294) will be reconstructed, as will a ramp connecting eastbound I-90 to O’Hare Airport, the tollway said.

All of the ramps will remain open during construction, but traffic will be shifted starting Wednesday to accommodate work zones, the tollway said.

Work will wrap up by the end of the year. Planned improvements include new concrete pavement, new asphalt shoulders, and new guardrails, lighting and drainage systems, the tollway said.

A 45 mph speed limit will be in place during construction, and drivers would look out for changing traffic patterns, the tollway said.

Lane closures, repairs coming to 4 Tri-State toll plazas

(GREEN OAKS) Long-term lane closures on the Tri-State Tollway start this week as crews begin making repairs to four toll plazas in the northern suburbs.

Crews will be repairing guardrails, barrier walls, curbs, gutters and entrance ramps at Buckley Road, Townline Road, Half Day Road and Lake Cook Road, according to the Illinois Tollway.

I-PASS lanes on the tollway (I-94) will remain available throughout the construction, but drivers paying by cash will be directed to pay online when lanes with coin machines are closed, the tollway said. No more than one toll collection lane will be closed at a time.

The construction project will begin at Buckley Road near Green Oaks and Townline Road near Lake Forest, the tollway said. Those two plazas will see toll lane closures starting this week through Memorial Day weekend.

Work at the Half Day Road plaza near Lincolnshire starts May 4, and continues into early summer, the tollway said. Work begins later in May at the Lake Cook Road plaza near Northbrook and will last into the summer.

Drivers using cash have seven days to pay missed tolls online at www.illinoistollway.com.

Overnight lane closures begin for bridge painting near Tri-State, Jane Addams interchange

(ROSEMONT) Two weeks of overnight lane closures begin Tuesday on the Tri-State Tollway near Rosemont as crews prepare for a bridge painting project.

One southbound lane of the Tri-State (I-294) between at the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) and Touhy Avenue will close at 8 p.m. Tuesday, with a second lane closing at 9 p.m., the tollway said. A third lane will close at midnight.

All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Wednesday for the morning rush, the tollway said.

The lane closures will allow crews to install a platform system connected to the underside of a bridge that workers will be painting, the tollway said.

Similar closures will take place over the next two weeks between Lawrence Avenue and I-90.

The painting project will last about a month, and require another set of roadway closures to remove the platform system when crews have finished, the tollway said.

Roadwork to reduce Route 59 to one lane in Naperville, Aurora

(NAPERVILLE) Roadwork on Illinois Route 59 will require a major traffic pattern shift in the west suburbs starting Wednesday and lasting through September.

The new traffic pattern will be installed on northbound Route 59 in Naperville and Aurora, reducing the road to a single lane between Jefferson Avenue/Liberty Street and North Aurora Road, according to a statement form the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Southbound lanes will remain unchanged, IDOT said.

The work is 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.

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.

Closures begin Wednesday on Washington Street in the Loop

(CHICAGO) Lanes closures will begin Wednesday on Washington Street between Wacker and Clark as part of the Loop Link project, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

Beginning early Wednesday, crews will shift all traffic on eastbound Washington into two lanes along the north side of the street.

During the closures, all curbside loading and parking on Washington will be eliminated within the construction zone between Wacker and Clark, according to CDOT. However, access will be maintained to alleys and parking lots.

Additionally, the right turn from Washington to LaSalle will be eliminated.

Lane closures currently in place on Madison from Michigan to Wacker will remain in effect.

The Loop Link project is designed to modernize the downtown transit infrastructure, make bus travel faster and more reliable, and create a separation of bus, bike and regular traffic on a circuit between Union Station and Millenium Park. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015.

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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