SCHAUMBURG, IL -- Orange traffic cones, lane closures, reduced
speed zones and construction crews all will be familiar sights
as construction gets underway on I-57 March 29th, the Illinois
Department of Transportation warned today.
Although the major construction will be in the northbound
lanes for this, the second and final year of the expressway
rehabilitation project, both northbound and southbound
motorists will experience lane reductions and lengthier
commuting times between Halsted Street in Chicago and I-80
in Country Club Hills.
Beginning Saturday, traffic will gradually be reduced to
two lanes for northbound motorists throughout the entire
12-mile project. Southbound travelers will experience
similar reductions between 125th and 147th Streets. Two
mainline lanes of traffic will remain open in each direction
throughout peak travel hours.
"Safety is IDOT’s top priority. Motorists should slow down
and drive carefully as they travel on I-57 and through other
work zones during this construction season," said Dirk
Fuqua, IDOT’s Engineer of Project Implementation who
oversees state road construction projects throughout the
In addition to lane closures, as traffic staging continues
through the first week of April, the northbound 119th Street
entrance and exit ramps will remain closed. The ramps are
scheduled to re-open prior to April 7th, with other ramp
closures to follow.
The $43.8 million project, which includes bridge deck
reconstruction, pavement patching and road resurfacing, is
scheduled to be completed by October 31st.
The contractor is K-Five Construction Corporation of