|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||CONTACT: Roy Olson|
|April 3, 2003||800/ 802-5383|
|TTY: 847/ 705-4710|
MAJOR LANE SWITCHES, ADDED POLICE
SET TO CONFRONT I-57 MOTORISTS
SCHAUMBURG, IL – Motorists on I-57 soon will be changing lanes as major
traffic reconfigurations are scheduled to be unveiled the weekend of April 5th-6th
the Illinois Department of Transportation announced today.
Weather permitting, the northbound lanes will shift over to the newly
refurbished southbound lanes of I-57 between 147th and 125th
Streets to make way for bridge deck reconstruction and pavement patching on the
northbound side of the expressway. Southbound motorists on I-57 will see travel
reduced from three lanes to two throughout this three-mile stretch. Although
motorists in either direction will feel the pinch, two mainline lanes of traffic
will remain open in each direction during peak travel hours.
Prior to the crossover of traffic, the 119th Street entrance
and exit ramps will re-open. Following the reopening of these ramps, the
northbound 127th Street exit ramp will close and remain closed
throughout the project.
IDOT cautions drivers to slow down and abide by the reduced, 45 mph speed
limit when driving through the I-57 construction zone. A leading cause of motor
vehicle crashes, speeding can be particularly dangerous in work zones. In
abiding by the law, motorists can greatly reduce the number of rear end
collisions and other crashes that cause thousands of injuries and deaths on
roadways each year.
Additional state police patrols will be in place throughout the I-57
work zone to strictly enforce the reduced speed limit and other traffic safety
laws. Beginning this year, drivers ticketed for violating the speed limit in a
construction zone are subject to a $200 fine.