|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Roy Olson (1-800-802-5838)
|March 4, 2003
Mary Kendrigan (847-705-4706)
SCHAUMBURG, IL -- The estimated 121,300 motorists who utilize
I-57 daily can expect lengthier commuting times as the Illinois
Department of Transportation begins the second and final year of
major rehabilitation work on this south side and south suburban
expressway Monday morning, March 17.
This year, roadwork shifts to a 12-mile stretch of the northbound
lanes of I-57 between I-80 in Country Club Hills and Halsted Street
in Chicago. Preliminary work on the $43.8 million project is
scheduled to begin on St. Patrick’s Day with the closure of the
northbound entrance and exit ramps at 119th Street.
Major mainline work is scheduled to begin March 29th, starting
with bridge deck reconstruction and pavement patching. At that time,
lane closures and reductions will begin in both the northbound and
southbound lanes of I-57 between Halsted Street and I-80. In early
April, all northbound lanes of traffic between 147th and 127th
Streets will shift over to the newly reconstructed southbound lanes
"Two mainline lanes of traffic will remain open in each direction
throughout construction," said Dirk Fuqua, IDOT’s Engineer of
Project Implementation who oversees all state road construction in
the Chicago region. "However, the east and westbound I-80 ramps to
northbound I-57 will be reduced from two lanes to one throughout the
project, so drivers should prepare for delays, or where possible,
consider alternate routes."
When the cross-over of northbound traffic occurs, the 119th
Street entrance and exit ramps will re-open. At that same time, the
northbound entrance and exit ramps at 111th Street are scheduled to
close until mid-summer, and the northbound 127th Street exit ramp
will close and remain closed throughout construction. Subsequent
ramp changes are anticipated throughout the project.
Other communities impacted by the project, which is expected to
be completed by Oct. 31, include Calumet Park, Blue Island,
Riverdale, Markham, Oak Forest, Posen, Harvey and Dixmoor.