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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2012

IDOT Suspends Non-Emergency Road Work for Easter Weekend to Improve Traffic Flow
Agency Details Lane Closures to Aid Motorists’ Travel Plans

SPRINGFIELD - With thousands of motorists expected to travel on state roadways over Easter weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that road work will be suspended where possible for the weekend to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow. IDOT also provided advance notice of lane closures that will be in place for the holiday weekend to aid motorists’ travel plans and improve safety.

“With high volumes of traffic expected during the holiday weekend, IDOT is suspending all non-emergency roadwork where possible and providing a list of lane closures in advance to help motorists plan their trips,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider. “With less construction activity and fewer lane closures through the weekend, traffic congestion can be reduced, and safety will be enhanced.”

Starting at 3 p.m. Friday, April 6, IDOT will suspend all non-emergency road work for the Easter holiday weekend and open up all lanes where possible through midnight Sunday, April 8. Some construction zones will have lane closures in effect, depending on the projects. 

IDOT is urging motorists to slow down, obey posted speed limits and drive with caution through work zones. Holiday travelers are reminded that work zone speed limits are still in effect wherever they are posted, even where no construction workers are present.

Following are locations where permanent lane closures remain in place:


 
IDOT Highway District 1:

COOK COUNTY

71st St. at CSX Railroad in Bridgeview; road reconstruction; road is closed with detour posted.

U.S. Route 20 over Addison Creek in Stone Park; bridge reconstruction; one lane is open in each direction.

Congress Parkway bridge reconstruction; eastbound two lanes are open; westbound has one lane open. Anticipate delays.
 
US 12/20/45 over S & S and I & M canals; bridge deck overlay; northbound two lanes are open and southbound has one lane open.

Bridge work carrying 79th St. over the Baltimore & Ohio Chicago Terminal Company , Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Company in Bridgeview; one lane is open in each direction.

71st St., from Roberts Road to Harlem Ave. in Bridgeview; grade separation improvement; road closed and detour signs posted.

Central Ave. and I-55 construction; one lane open in each direction on Central exit ramp; southbound I-55 to Central and entrance ramp to northbound I-55 are closed.

Fullerton Ave. over Silver Creek in Franklin Park; bridge closed with detour route.

IL Rt. 1/Halsted St. at I-80/294 (Tristate Tollway) in Homewood and Harvey. One lane closed in each direction for bridge reconstruction. Anticipate delays.

Joe Orr Rd. over IL Rt. 394 is closed and traffic is detoured for bridge reconstruction work. This is between State St. and Stony Island Ave. in Glenwood and Ford Heights area. Allow extra time for trips and follow the marked detour.

119th St. over Mill Creek, just west of Kean Ave in Palos Park, is closed and traffic is detoured for bridge reconstruction work. Allow extra time for trips and follow marked detour.

Crawford Ave. over I-57 south of 159th St. in Markham. One lane is closed in each direction for bridge reconstruction work. Anticipate delays.

Kedzie Ave. over I-57 north of 159th St. in Markham. One lane is closed in each direction for bridge reconstruction work. Anticipate delays.

IL Rt. 50/Cicero Ave. over Cal-Sag Channel, south of 127th St. in Crestwood/Alsip area. One lane closed in each direction for bridge rehabilitation work. Anticipate delays.

DUPAGE COUNTY

Naperville Road at IL Route 56; two lanes are open in each direction.

Right turn lane from northbound Midwest Road to eastbound 22nd Street; all other lanes on the route will be open.

IL Route 56, from east of Winfield Road to Naperville Road in Wheaton, and from west of IL Route 59 to east of Winfield Road in Warrenville; one lane open in all four directions at the intersections of IL 56 and Naperville Road and also at IL 56, IL 59.

IL 53, from Army Trail Road to Elgin O’Hare Expressway in Addison and Itasca; one lane open in each direction.

KANE COUNTY

Big Timber Road closed between Damisch and McCormick.

Grand Boulevard at Veterans Circle in Brookfield; roadway reconstruction; road closed with detour.

Downers Place over the Fox River in Aurora; road closed with detour posted.

LAKE COUNTY

IL 22, from I-94 to east of IL 43; one lane in each direction open with left turn lanes at signalized intersections.

IL 21, from south of IL 120 to south of IL 137; ongoing utility work.

MCHENRY COUNTY

Bridge over branch of Nippersink Creek; Alden Road is being reconstructed from IL Route 173 to IL Route 173; one lane open with bridge signal.

Bridge over branch of Nippersink Creek in Spring Grove is being reconstructed on Blivin St. located .5 mile north of US 12; bridge is closed.

Rakow Road, from IL Route 31 to Ackerman Road in Crystal Lake; road reconstruction. One lane open in each direction.

Cary Community Trail, from Three Oaks to South Rawson Boulevard. Road closure with detour posted.

WILL COUNTY

US Route 30; Williams Street (New Lenox) to IL Route 43/Harlem Ave. (Frankfort); roadway reconstruction; one lane open in each direction.

U.S. Route 30/Lincoln Highway, between Cedar Road and Harlem Ave. in Frankfort, Mokena and New Lenoxl road reconstruction; one lane open in each direction.

IL Route 53, between Hoff Rd. and North River Road in the Elwood and Wilmington area. One lane closed in each direction for pavement rehabilitation. Anticipate delays.

IDOT Highway District 2

OGLE COUNTY

IL 2 at the south edge of Oregon. Replacement of the bridge over the BNSF Railroad; one lane open and controlled by temporary traffic signals.

ROCK ISLAND COUNTY

IL 92 over I-280. One lane open in each direction at the I-280 interchange as the bridges carrying IL 92 over I-280 are replaced.

I-280 over the Mississippi River. I-280 has one lane open in each direction as the Mississippi River bridge is rehabilitated.

WHITESIDE COUNTY

IL 40 over Rock River, between Sterling and Rock Falls. IL 40 has one lane open in each direction as the Rock River bridge is being removed and replaced.

WINNEBAGO COUNTY

IL 251 (N. Second St.) over Spring Creek Road in Rockford. The six lane roadway has two lanes open in each direction as the bridge for northbound IL 251 over Spring Creek Road is being replaced.


IDOT Highway District 3

BUREAU COUNTY

I-80, from Princeton to I-180 (M.P. 56 to M.P. 61), one lane closed in each direction for bridge replacements.

I-80 eastbound (M.P. 44), located 1 mile west of IL Route 40; one lane closed due to pavement repairs.

FORD COUNTY

IL 116, between IL 115 and I-57, is closed for bridge repairs; posted detour route utilizes  
parallel route US 24, between IL 115 and I-57.


IDOT Highway District 4


HENDERSON COUNTY

IL 94 will have one lane open and controlled by signals at two locations for bridge work.  Location 1 is 0.25 miles north of Stronghurst. Location 2 is 2.8 miles north of Stronghurst.

KNOX COUNTY

US 150 (Main St) between Garfield Ave. and Academy St. in Galesburg is closed for bridge and roadway construction. Traffic is routed along posted detour.

McDONOUGH COUNTY

IL 61 south of Colmar will have one lane controlled by signals due to bridge reconstruction.

PEORIA COUNTY

US 150, between Willow Knolls Road and Allen Road; bridge repairs; one lane will be open in each direction.

I-474 at the Illinois River will have one lane open in each direction for bridge repairs.

WARREN COUNTY
 
US 67, approximately 2 miles north of Monmouth will have one lane controlled by signals due to bridge construction.


IDOT Highway District 5

 
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

Champaign County Highway 50 (Lake of the Woods Road) over I-74.  Traffic signals are being utilized.

EDGAR COUNTY

US 36 bridge rehabilitation at Salt Fork Creek, located 3 miles west of the Indiana State line. Stage construction; traffic signals in place.

MCLEAN COUNTY

US 136 bridge replacement over Kickapoo Creek, located 1.3 miles west of US 51.  Stage construction; utilizing traffic signals.

PIATT COUNTY

US Route 150; bridge replacement at south branch of Salt Creek, located one mile east of Farmer City.  Stage construction; utilizing traffic signals in place.

VERMILION COUNTY

Vermilion County Highway 10; structure replacement at Fountain Creek, located 0.3 miles north of East Lynn. Stage construction; utilizing traffic signals in place.

US 136 bridge deck repairs at S.N. 092-0144 carrying US 136 over Lick Creek at east edge of Danville. Stage construction; utilizing traffic signals in place.


IDOT Highway District 6

CASS COUNTY

IL 78, located south of Chandlerville; bridge reconstruction reduces traffic to one lane controlled by traffic signals.

PIKE COUNTY

Interstate 72 over the Illinois River (MM 42). Bridge rehabilitation; has one westbound lanes open.

IL 104 over Lehr Creek north of Perry; bridge reconstruction; one lane open and controlled by traffic signals.


IDOT Highway District 7

CLAY COUNTY

Old US Route 50, located east and west of Xenia; bridge replacements with road closures.

EFFINGHAM COUNTY

Interstate 57/70, southwest of Effingham; major road and bridge reconstruction; stage construction with barrier wall.

Interstate 57/70 at Fayette Avenue in Effingham; interchange reconstruction; stage construction with barrier wall.

MACON COUNTY

Wyckles Road over Route 51 on the southwide side of Decatur; bridge rehabilitation; road closure.

RICHLAND COUNTY

U.S. Route 50 at Olney; bridge rehabilitations; stage construction with barrier and traffic signals in place.

WABASH COUNTY

Illinois Route 1, located southwest of Mt. Carmel; bridge replacement; road closure with marked detour in place.

WAYNE COUNTY

Illinois Route 15 at Golden Gate; bridge replacements; stage construction with barrier and traffic signals in place.


IDOT Highway District 8

CLINTON COUNTY

IL 160 over Branch Lake Creek, located 2.2 miles south of Trenton; structure replacement; one lane open and controlled by traffic signal.

MADISON COUNTY

IL 162 over I-55/70 at Troy. Two lanes will be open in each direction during work to complete reconstruction of interchange.

IL 140 over the E. Fork of Silver Creek, located 0.5 miles east of IL 160 near Alhambra; structure replacement; one lane will be open and controlled by traffic signals.

IL 159 from S. Morrison to Church St. in Collinsville will have one lane open in each direction for work to widen IL 159 to five lanes.

ST. CLAIR COUNTY

9th St. will be closed to all traffic from St. Clair Ave. to Baugh Ave. in East St. Louis; bridge replacement carrying 9th Street over I-64. St. Clair Ave. will have lane closed, from First St. to 15th St. in East St. Louis. Detour will be in place while the 9th St. bridge is being reconstructed.

10th St. over I-64 will be removed and closed to traffic from St. Clair Ave. to Baugh Ave. in East St. Louis. A detour will be in place while the 9th St. bridge is being reconstructed.

Packers Ave. will be closed from St. Clair Ave./IL 3 to Exchange Ave. in E. St. Louis to allow construction of Relocated I-70, from 1st St. to Industrial Ave. in E. St. Louis and Fairmont City.

IL 3 will be closed at Union Pacific Railroad and Prairie DuPont Canal overpass, between Cahokia and Dupo to completely replace the structure. A marked detour is in place.

IDOT Highway District 9

Alexander/Mississippi Counties

Old IL Route3, located 0.1 mile east of IL Route 3; road is closed due to bridge construction.

Franklin/Williamson/Perry Counties

IL Route 37, located 0.5 mile south of west Frankfort, has one lane closed due to bridge construction. Temporary signals are in place.

IL Route 14, located 3.7 miles east of US Route 51, has one lane closed due to bridge construction; temporary signals in place.

IL Route 14, located 4.5 miles east of US Route 51, has one lane closed due to bridge construction; temporary signals in place.

Hamilton County

IL Route 242, located 5 miles north of McLeansboro, has one lane closed due to bridge
construction; temporary signals in place.

Jackson County

IL Route 4, located .5 mile west of IL Route 13/127 will have road closure due to bridge replacement at Beaucoup Creek. Marked detour is in place.

IL Route 151, located 4 miles north of IL Route 3, has one lane of bridge construction and temporary signals in place.

Jefferson County

Southbound I-57 and eastbound I-64 has traffic reduced to one lane prior to the I-57/I-64 merge north of Mt. Vernon; reconstruction of existing lanes and addition of third lane on I-57/I-64, from M.P. 93 to 96. 

Northbound I-57 and westbound I-64 will have traffic reduced to one lane south of Mt. Vernon; reconstruction of existing lanes and addition of third lane on I-57/I-64, from M.P. 93 to 96. 

Pope County

IL Route 146, located 3 miles north of Golconda, has one lane controlled by signals for bridge work.

White County

US Route 45, located 2.5 miles south of Mill Shoals has one lane of bridge construction
with temporary signals in place.



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