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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2012

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

SPRINGFIELD - With thousands of motorists expected to travel on state roadways over Memorial Day weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that road work will be suspended where possible this 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 boost safety.

“Memorial Day weekend historically marks the unofficial start of summer, with thousands of motorists expected to hit the road, joining family and friends in commemorative festivities,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “To reduce potential roadway congestion, improve safety and traffic flow, IDOT is suspending all non-emergency roadwork where possible and also providing a list of lane closures in advance to help motorists plan their trips.”

Starting at 3 p.m. Friday, May 25, IDOT will suspend all non-emergency road work for the holiday weekend and open up all lanes where possible through midnight Monday, May 28. 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.
 
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 to thru traffic and detour signs posted.

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

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.

IL Rt. 62, from Eastings Way to Penny Road in South Barrington; roadway reconstruction; one lane open in each direction.

Oriole Ave. over I-90; bridge in Chicago closed for reconstruction; anticipate delays and follow marked detour.

Shermer Road over north branch of the Chicago River; bridge reconstruction in Northbrook; bridge closed; anticipated delays and follow marked detour.

5th Ave. over Silver Creek in Melrose Park; bridge replacement for structure; detour posted.

111th St. over Stony Creek, between Roberts Road and US 45 in Palos Hills; bridge work; one lane open in each direction; anticipate delays.

Orchard Drive from Sauk Trail to US 30; Park Forest is closed to traffic in southbound direction; northbound direction is open to traffic; detour signs posted.

Western Ave. over Butterfield Creek north of Vollmer Road in Flossmoor; bridge reconstruction, road closed; detour posted.

Central Ave. over I-80 north of 183rd St. near Tinley Park; bridge reconstruction; road closed; detour posted.

DUPAGE COUNTY

IL Route 56, from east of Naperville Road to west of IL Route 59; one lane open in each direction. Warrenville Road at IL 56, one lane open in each direction.

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

KANE COUNTY

Big Timber Road closed between Damisch and McCormick.

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

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

IL 72 at Randall Road; intersection reconstruction in Gilberts; one lane open in each direction.

US 20 at McLean Blvd.; interchange reconstruction in Elgin; two lanes open in each direction.

Galena Blvd. over IL 56; bridge and traffic signal installation work; one lane open in each direction.

IL 64 at IL 47; intersection reconstruction in Lily Lake including culvert extension and retaining wall construction; east and westbound IL 64 closed just east of IL 74; 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.

Bridge replacement carrying IL 176 (Rockland Road) over East Skokie ditch in Lake
Bluff; one lane open in each direction.


MCHENRY COUNTY

Pingree Road, from Congress Parkway to railroad tracks in Crystal Lake; pavement reconstruction; road closed.

Dunham Road over Rush Creek, one mile west of IL 23; road closed for bridge replacement.

Bridge of branch of Nippersink Creek at Alden Road; road reconstruction; one lane open with bridge signal.

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

Cary Community Trail, from Three Oaks to South Rawson Blvd.; road closure; detour posted.


WILL COUNTY

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

US 30/Lincoln Highway, between Cedar Road and Harlem Ave. in Frankfort, Mokena and New Lenox; road reconstruction; one lane open in each direction; anticipate delays.

IL 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.

IL 50 at Court St. in Monee; roadway construction; one lane open in each direction; anticipate delays.

Westbound I-55 Frontage Road at Arsenal Road; interchange construction; one way traffic, southbound only; northbound traffic should follow detour; anticipate delays.

IL 53, from Peotone Road to Hoff Road near Wilmington; roadway resurfacing; one lane open in each direction with traffic on southbound lanes.

IDOT Highway District 2

JODAVIESS COUNTY

US 20 east of East Dubuque; one lane open in each direction as four bridges over Menominee River and the Little Menominee River are replaced.

LEE COUNTY

IL 26 at Green River south of US 30; bridge replacement over Green River; one lane open and controlled by temporary traffic signals; two additional sets of temporary signals at culverts for two smaller drainage ditches north of Green River.

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.

US 52/IL 26 at north edge of Polo; bridge replacement over 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.

I-280, from IL 92 to Airport Road at Milan; one lane open in each direction with traffic using eastbound lanes as bridges on westbound lanes are being removed and replaced.

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.

IL 251 at the intersection of IL 173 in Machesney Park; intersection reconstruction has adjusted length and alignment of several lanes and turn lanes.


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.

US 34, just east of LaMoille; one lane closed for bridge replacement; traffic controlled by signals.

DEKALB COUNTY

IL 64, just east of Sycamore; one lane closed for bridge replacement; traffic controlled by signals.

FORD COUNTY

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

IROQUOIS COUNTY
I-57, south of Buckley (MP 270); one lane closed in each direction for bridge replacements.

LASALLE COUNTY
IL 23, three miles north of Ottawa; one lane closed for bridge replacement; traffic controlled by signals.

LIVINGSTON COUNTY

IL 47, six miles south of Dwight; one lane closed for culvert replacements; traffic controlled by signals.


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.

Carmen Road will be reduced to one lane controlled by traffic signals for bridge replacement. Location is 2.3 miles north of IL 96 intersection.

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.

US 150, 6.3 miles north of US 34 in Galesburg; bridge reconstruction; one lane will be open and controlled by signals.

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.
I-74, just west of Peoria, will have one lane open in each direction; bridge reconstruction.

PUTNAM COUNTY
 
IL 89 north of IL 71 near Granville; culvert repairs; one lane will be open and controlled by signals.

WOODFORD COUNTY

US 150 in Goodfield; one lane open and controlled by traffic signals for box culvert repairs.


IDOT Highway District 5
 
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

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

IL 130 at east branch of Embarras River, 3.5 miles south of Philo; bridge replacement; traffic signals in place.

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.

IL 133 over drainage ditch number 7, 5 miles west of Paris; bridge replacement; temporary runaround utilizing 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.

FAI-74, improvements from Downs to LeRoy. Stage construction utilizing traffic signals is in place for bridge over I-74 (Chestnut St.) Westbound driving lane of FAI-74 will be closed utilizing normal traffic controls. Eastbound passing lane will be closed for bridge rehabilitation utilizing normal traffic controls.

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.

LOGAN COUNTY

I-55 over ICRR and Kickapoo Creek Overflow, located north of IL 10 near Lincoln (MM 128 to 131); bridge reconstruction; one lane open north and southbound.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

IL 127 over Miller Creek, located south of Hillsboro; bridge reconstruction reduces traffic to one lane controlled by signals.

PIKE COUNTY

Interstate 72 over the Illinois River (MM 42); bridge rehabilitation; one westbound lane open.

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

US 54 over the SNY Levee and Spatterdock Lake, located south of Atlas; 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.

COLES COUNTY

IL 16, east of Charleston; bridge replacement; stage construction with barrier wall and traffic signals in place.

EFFINGHAM COUNTY

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

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

I-57/70 around Effingham; major road reconstruction; stage construction with barrier wall.

JASPER COUNTY

IL 33, east of Dieterich; bridge replacement; stage construction with barrier wall and traffic signals in place.

MACON COUNTY

IL 48, southwest part of Decatur; bridge rehabilitation, stage construction with traffic signals in place.

MOULTRIE COUNTY

IL 121, east of Dalton City; bridge replacement; stage construction with barrier wall and traffic signals in place.

RICHLAND COUNTY

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

WABASH COUNTY

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

WAYNE COUNTY

IL 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 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; 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 E. St. Louis; bridge replacement carrying 9th Street over I-64. 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 E. St. Louis. 9th St., when completed, will become two-way traffic in order to continue flow 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; marked detour in place.

IL 15 over IL 13, located 1.4 miles east of IL 159 near Belleville; bridge replacement; one lane open in each direction.


IDOT Highway District 9

ALEXANDER COUNTY

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

FRANKLIN/ PERRY COUNTIES

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

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

JACKSON COUNTY

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

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

JEFFERSON COUNTY

Southbound I-57 lane and eastbound I-64 lane 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. 

Northbound I-57 and westbound I-64 will have traffic reduced to one lane south of Mt. Vernon.

IL 37 to westbound I-64 entrance ramp will be closed.

POPE COUNTY

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

WHITE COUNTY

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

US 45, one mile south of Springerton Road, has one lane of bridge construction with
with temporary signals in place.


 



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