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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Steve Kulm
FEBRUARY 11, 2003
Office: 847/705-4079
TTY: 847/705-4710


Ramp Work for I-80 at U.S. 45 Begins February 16


SCHAUMBURG, IL -- On February 16, a $29.6 million road improvement project begins its second and final year of activity with ramp work at the interchange of I-80 at U.S. 45.

The overall project will rebuild this interchange and reconstruct U.S. 45 from 179th Street to 191st Street. Advance work was performed in 2002.

On Sunday, several changes involving the ramps at this location will take place. First, the northbound U.S. 45 entrance ramp to eastbound I-80 will be closed until late May, weather permitting. Motorists will be detoured using the three loop ramps at this interchange.

Second, the existing eastbound I-80 exit ramp to northbound U.S. 45 will be closed permanently. This traffic will be directed to use a newly reconstructed and signalized ramp that will allow motorists to travel both north and south on U.S. 45.

And third, westbound I-80 traffic will be able to use a newly reconstructed and signalized ramp that will allow motorists to travel both north and south on U.S. 45.

Motorists are advised to use caution in this area as new traffic patterns are established.

Major pavement reconstruction on U.S. 45 is scheduled to begin March 11. The project will be completed in early November.

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