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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2013

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 the Memorial Day weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that roadwork will be suspended where possible this weekend to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow. IDOT is also providing 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 this weekend,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “We want to ensure the safety of the motoring public and help them get to their destinations by suspending all non-emergency road work where possible to reduce potential roadway congestion, improve safety and traffic flow.”

Starting at 3 p.m. Friday, May 24, IDOT will suspend all non-emergency roadwork for the holiday weekend and open up all lanes where possible through midnight Monday, May 27. 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:

DUPAGE COUNTY

IL Rte. 56 (Butterfield Road) –between Herrick Road and IL Rte 59, 1 lane open in each direction until June.

IL 53 – Roadway reconstruction from Army Trail Rd to Elgin O’Hare Expressway in Addison & Itasca; one lane open in each direction.

IL route 38 is permanent closures leaving one lane in each direction from Kirk Road to west of Kress Road in Geneva and West Chicago.

Joliet Street in West Chicago is closed between IL 59 and IL 38.

KANE COUNTY

IL Route 64 from west IL 59 to west of 7th Ave., one lane open in each direction.

IL 72 at Randall Road – Median areas are closed off from traffic.  Intersection reconstruction in Gilberts; two lane open in each direction.

US 20 over McLean Blvd – traffic change on Interchange reconstruction in Elgin; two lanes open in each direction.

IL 31 @ METRA RR – Bridge rehabilitation in Elgin; one lane open in each direction.

Van Buren in East Dundee is northbound traffic only between IL 72 and Williams Place.

COOK COUNTY

71st. @ CSX RR; Bridgeview; roadway reconstruction; roadway closed – detour posted.

Il 58 at New Wilke Road in Rolling Meadows has one lane open in each direction with a left turn lanes at signalized intersections.

Walnut Lane in Schaumburg is northbound only between IL 58 and Bode. 

US 12/20/45 over S & S and I & M Canals; bridge deck overlay; NB two lanes open and SB one lane open.

Willow Road from IL 43 (Waukegan Road) to I-94, there will be one lane in each direction open to through traffic.  That includes the traffic on IL 43 (Waukegan Road) at Willow Road. 

Longmeadow Lane in Hanover Park is closed between IL 19 and Westchester. 

Maple Avenue, from 47th Street to Burlington Avenue in Brookfield.  Road is closed to through traffic and detour signs are posted to direct traffic. 

IL route 38 has permanent closures leaving one lane in each direction from Kirk Road to west of Kress Road in Geneva and West Chicago.

US 30 (Lincoln Highway) and Central Ave in Matteson, there will be permanent shoulder closures – posted please be aware. 

71st street, from Roberts Road to Harlem avenue in Bridgeview – grade separation improvement: road closed to through traffic; detour signs posted.

76th Avenue, from 131st Street to 127th Street in Palos Heights Road closed to through traffic and detour signs are posted to direct traffic. 

Central Ave and I-55 one lane in each direction on Central.  Exit Ramp from NB I-55 to Central and Entrance Ramp to SB I-55 are closed. Motorists should expect delays.

Touhy Avenue bridge/I-94 (Edens Expressway) will be reduced to one lane in each direction until July 2013. 

Orchard Drive from Sauk Trail to US 30 I Park Forest is closed to traffic in the southbound direction.  Northbound direction is opened to traffic. Detour signs are posed to direct traffic.

Thorn Creek Drive over Thorn Creek in the Village of Park Forest. One lane will be shared for north bound and south bound equally; with traffic signals. Please watch traffic signals for your turn.

Longmeadow Lane in Hanover Park is closed between IL 19 and Westchester.

Walnut Lane in Schaumburg is northbound only between IL 58 and Bode.

IL Route 83, Western Ave./Dixie Highway to Kedzie Ave., one lane open in each direction.  Expect delays.

WILL COUNTY

US 45 (LaGrange Rd.) 159th St. to 179th St., there are no lane closures, however the width of the existing lanes do narrow. 

US 45 (LaGrange Rd.) (131st St. to 159th St.) there are no lane closures, however the width of the lanes do narrow. 

MCHENRY COUNTY

Walkup Road at IL 176 in Crystal Lake; one lane open in each direction on IL 176 and Walkup Road.

Algonquin Bypass project, IL 31 from south Junction to north junction has one lane open in each direction.

Algonquin Road (IL 62) will remain one lane open in each direction from Meyer Drive to IL 31.

LAKE COUNTY

IL 132 (Grand Ave.) box culvert over Millennium Trail Pass detour consisting of lane shift will be in place through May 2013. 

IL 21 from south of IL 120 to south of IL 137; one lane of traffic in each direction on IL 21 and one lane of traffic in each direction on IL 137 at the intersection with IL 21.

Permanent closures on I-94 from IL 173 to the Wisconsin State Line; three lanes will be open throughout the whole project. The IL 173 bridge over I-94 will be reduced to one lane in each direction for the entire project.


IDOT Highway District 2:

JO DAVIESS COUNTY

US 20 east of East Dubuque; one lane open in each direction as two bridges over Sinsinawa River and Menominee Road are replaced.

OGLE COUNTY

I-39 over I-88; one lane open in each direction as the bridges are painted.

ROCK ISLAND COUNTY

IL 84 over a culvert at the south edge of Cordova; one lane open and controlled by temporary traffic signals.


STEPHENSON COUNTY

US Business 20 east of Freeport; one lane open in each direction as the bridge deck is replaced on the structure carrying US Business 20 over Chicago, Central and Pacific Railroad Company and IT's Parents Railroad.

WINNEBAGO COUNTY

I-90 from Rockton Road to the Wisconsin State line at South Beloit. Two lanes are open in each direction on the northbound lanes as the southbound pavement is being removed and replaced.

IL 2 from north of Beltline Rd. to north of Harrison Ave. southwest of Rockford; one lane open in each direction as the roadway is removed and reconstructed.

US Business Route 20 (West State Street) from Sunset Ave. to Kent Creek in Rockford; roadway is closed with detour route in place while roadway reconstruction is completed. Detour route is utilizing City of Rockford Streets, which include Horace Ave, Preston Ave, Avon Street, Cedar Street and Wyman Ave.

IL 2 from Elmwood Road to Latham Road north of Rockford; the east leg of Latham Road is currently closed for roadway reconstruction.


IDOT Highway District 3:

BUREAU COUNTY

I-80, MP 56 to MP 61, one lane closed in each direction for bridge replacements.

US 6 over I-180, east of Princeton, one lane closed for bridge repairs, traffic controlled by signals.

FORD COUNTY

Illinois 9, west of Gibson City, one lane closed for bridge repairs, traffic controlled by signals.

IROQUOIS COUNTY

I-57, MP 300, between Clifton and Chebanse, one lane closed in each direction for bridge replacements.

US 45/52, at Kankakee/Iroquois County Line, closed for culvert replacement, detour posted.


KANKAKEE COUNTY

I-57 Interchange with IL 50 (EXIT #315), northbound entrance ramp closed. Detour posted.


IDOT Highway District 4:

McDONOUGH COUNTY

IL 136 is reduced to one lane in each direction with traffic on a temporary runaround west of Macomb. 
 

TAZEWELL COUNTY

Eastbound Interstate 474 will be reduced to one lane just west of the merger with Interstate 74 near Morton.

Near Morton, westbound Interstate 74 will be reduced from three lanes to two west of the Interstate 155 interchange. The ramp from northbound I-155 to westbound I-74 will be required to yield to oncoming traffic at the merger.

Near Morton, the eastbound I-74 ramp to southbound I-155 will be reduced to one lane.


IDOT Highway District 5:

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

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

Windsor Road over I-57. Traffic signals are being utilized.


IDOT Highway District 6:

LOGAN COUNTY

Interstate 55 over the ICRR and Kickapoo Creek Overflow located north of IL 10 near Lincoln (MM 129 to 131); bridge reconstruction reduces northbound and southbound lanes to one lane.

MACOUPIN COUNTY

IL 16 over COOP Branch, located one mile east of Shipman. Bridge reconstruction reduces traffic to one lane controlled by traffic signals.

IL 111 over Macoupin Creek located 2.3 miles north of Summerville Road near Medora. Bridge rehabilitation reduces traffic to one lane controlled by traffic signals.

SANGAMON COUNTY

IL 4/Veterans Parkway over Spring Creek and IL 97/Jefferson Street over Spring Creek in Springfield. Bridge rehabilitation reduces traffic to one lane in all directions.


IDOT Highway District 7:

COLES COUNTY

Illinois Route 16 east of Charleston; bridge replacement; stage construction with one lane open, concrete barriers and traffic signals in place.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY

Interstate 70 between Greenup and Casey; major road reconstruction; stage construction with one lane open in each direction.

EFFINGHAM COUNTY

Interstate 70 at the Montrose Interchange; bridge rehabilitation; stage construction with one lane open in each direction and concrete barriers in place.

Interstate 57/70 around Effingham; major road reconstruction; stage construction with two lanes open in each direction, concrete barriers in place and ramp detours.

MACON COUNTY

Interstate 72 (westbound only) just west of US Route 51; bridge rehabilitation; stage construction with one lane open and concrete barriers in place.

Bearsdale Road over Interstate 72 just south of Illinois Route 121; bridge rehabilitation; stage construction with one lane open, concrete barriers and traffic signals in place.

IDOT Highway District 8:

MADISON COUNTY

IL 157 structure over Sugar Creek, just north of Edwardsville.  IL 157 will be restricted to one lane to replace the structure in stages.

CH 1 structure over SIUE North Access Road, 1.5 mile west of Edwardsville. CH 1 will be restricted to one lane to allow the installation of the waterproof membrane on the concrete deck.

Lane reductions will be in both the north and southbound lanes of I-255 between Collinsville Road and Horseshoe Lake Road. Two of the three lanes will be closed at all times to complete necessary pavement repairs, resurfacing, and bridge work. 

ST. CLAIR COUNTY

The right lane of southbound IL 203 will be closed to allow construction associated with the New Mississippi River Bridge.

The ramp from westbound I-55/70 to northbound IL 3/eastbound I-64 will be closed to all traffic in E. St. Louis. A detour will be in place while the ramp is being reconstructed.

The ramp from westbound I-64 to eastbound I-70/northbound I-55 will be closed to all traffic in E. St. Louis. A detour will be in place while the ramp is being reconstructed.

9th Street will be closed to all traffic from St. Clair Avenue to Baugh Avenue in East St. Louis to replace the bridge carrying 9th Street over I-64. A detour will be in place while the 9th Street bridge is being reconstructed.

10th Street over I-64 will be removed and closed indefinitely to all traffic from St. Clair Avenue to Baugh Avenue in East St. Louis. 9th street, when completed, will become two-way traffic in order to continue the flow of traffic from St. Clair Avenue to Baugh Avenue in East St. Louis. A detour will be in place while the 9th Street bridge is being reconstructed.

IL 15/IL158, Belleville, both the eastbound and westbound on-ramps from IL 158 on to IL 15 will be closed through September 30, 2013. Closure needed for roundabout construction.

 IL 15/IL158, Belleville, the westbound IL 15 exit ramp on to IL 158 will be closed through September 30, 2013.  Closure needed for roundabout construction.

IL 13 under IL 15, Belleville, closed to all traffic through winter 2014. Closure needed to construct new structures.

IL 15 bridges over IL 13, Belleville, one lane closed in each direction of bridges through winter 2014.  This lane restriction is needed to construct the new Eastbound IL 15 structure.

RANDOLPH COUNTY

150/IL 4, Steeleville, bridge over Cox Creek is reduced to one lane of traffic through Fall 2013. This lane restriction is needed to perform bridge repairs.


IDOT Highway District 9:

HARDIN COUNTY

IL 146. Two miles east of Elizabethtown, one lane traffic, controlled by signals for staged bridge repairs.

JACKSON COUNTY

IL 13, east edge of Murphysboro. Lane closures/shift with median crossover for bridge replacement.

POPE COUNTY

IL 145 at intersection with IL 146. Traffic reduced to one lane controlled by temporary signals.

IL 146 - 3 miles north of Golconda. One lane traffic controlled by signals over Little Grand Pierre Creek for staged bridge repairs.

IL 146 – 7 miles northeast of Golconda - one lane traffic controlled by signals over Big Grand Pierre Creek for staged bridge repairs.

JEFFERSON COUNTY

I-57 southbound lanes / I-64 eastbound lanes. Traffic reduced to one lane prior to the I-57 / I-64 merge north of Mt. Vernon

I-64 westbound lane. Traffic reduced to one lane prior to merge with NB I-57 south of Mt. Vernon.

IL 37 at Bonnie - one lane bridge construction, temporary signals in place.

UNION – PULASKI

I-57 at mile marker 19 to mile marker 25 - northbound driving lane closed for rubblization.


WHITE COUNTY

IL 1. Two miles north of Carmi - one lane bridge construction, temporary signals in place.
 
WILLIAMSON COUNTY

I-57/IL 13 at Mile Marker 54. Northbound I-57 will be reduced to one lane traffic at IL Route 13.



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