|For Immediate Release||Contact: Steve Kulm
|January 14, 2002||847/705-4079 Office|
SCHAUMBURG, IL -- Commuters Tuesday morning (January 15) will feel the
initial impact of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s first major
expressway project of 2002: the $17.9 million reconstruction of the Stevenson
Expressway (I-55) / Franklin Connector from Cermak Road to the Dan Ryan
Work on the Connector--a major entry point into Chicago’s Chinatown
neighborhood will begin with the closure of the northbound Stevenson ramp to the
northbound Franklin Connector (Cermak exit) and the southbound Franklin
Connector ramp to the southbound Stevenson.
Closure of the ramps, which will be in effect until the end of the project in
late October, will allow crews to begin extensive bridge demolition work.
Motorists travelling northbound on the Stevenson will be directed to use
Martin Luther King Drive (north) to Cermak Road as a detour into Chinatown.
Motorists leaving the Chinatown area can take Cermak to Martin Luther King Drive
or Canalport Avenue.
The project involves the replacement of seven bridges, complete pavement
reconstruction of the Franklin Connector from Cermak Road to the Dan Ryan,
reconstruction of ramps between I-55 and I-90/94, and improved roadway lighting.
Lorig Construction Company of Des Plaines is the contractor for the project,
which is funded by Governor George H. Ryan’s Illinois FIRST program.