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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2007


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Mike Claffey (IDOT) 312-814-3957
Marisa Kollias (IDOT) 312-814-4693
 

IDOT Halts Road Construction to Give Motorists a Break this Easter Holiday Weekend

Motorists urged to drive safe and conserve fuel

SPRINGFIELD- The Illinois Department of Transportation is working to make the trip a little smoother for those traveling this Easter weekend. IDOT is opening up lanes wherever possible to ease traffic congestion on roads throughout the state. The department is also urging drivers to take steps to conserve fuel.

“Many people across Illinois travel to be with family and friends for the Easter and Passover holidays. IDOT is doing everything we can to make sure travelers get to their destinations safely and are not held up in work zones, ,” IDOT acting Secretary Milt R. Sees said. “The Department will suspend roadwork wherever possible to make for a smoother drive this busy weekend.”

As families prepare to take their holiday trips, the Illinois Department of Transportation also wants to remind motorists of the following tips for fuel efficiency:

  • Make Sure your engine is properly tuned

  • Check and replace air filters on a regular basis

  • Keep tires properly inflated

  • Use the recommended grade of motor oil

  • Do not exceed the posted speed limit

Motorists are advised to check IDOT’s website http://www.gettingaroundillinois.com/ for information regarding road conditions and updates on road construction. Interstate road condition information is also available at 1-800-452-IDOT (4368).

Various Construction zones will be open for Easter Weekend from 3:00 pm Friday, April 6, through Midnight, Sunday, April 8. However, due to the nature of some projects, there will be construction zones throughout the state that will continue to operate. IDOT is urging motorists to slow down and drive with caution through these work zones. Holiday travelers are reminded that work zone speed limits are still in effect.

Areas that continue to have lane closures are as follows:

Champaign County:
US Route 136-bridge replacement one lane traffic controlled by temporary traffic signals.

Christian County:
IL 48 Northeast of Stonington. Stage construction for box culvert installation. One lane of traffic controlled by temporary signals.

Cook County:
Bishop Ford-Reconstruction in South Holland-2 lanes in each direction from 159th to I-80. The Southbound ramp from Eastbound I-94 to Westbound I-80/NB I-294 is open. The ramp from eastbound 159th street to eastbound I-94 is closed with a detour posted.

IL-394-Reconstruction in Thornton/Lansing-Southbound IL-394 has all lanes open south of I-80. NB IL 394 still one lane open between Glenwood and Lansing Road and I-80. Ramp from westbound I-80 to SB IL-394 is closed with a detour posted.

Kingery-Reconstruction in Lansing, Thornton, South Holland, Hammond and Munster-3 lanes in each direction with some narrow lanes and lane shifts from Burnham Ave to US 41 in Indiana. The ramps from northbound and southbound Calumet Ave to westbound I-80/94 are closed with a detour posted. Ramp from EB I-80/SB I-294 to WB I-94 are closed with detour posted. The ramp from WB I-80 to SB IL-394 is closed with a detour posted.

IL-50 (Cicero Ave) over the North Branch of the Chicago River-Bridge replacement in Chicago-one lane of traffic will be open in each direction at all times.

Dan Ryan Expressway-Reconstruction in Chicago-The configuration along the inbound and outbound Dan Ryan Expressway is set, with the local lanes completely closed for reconstruction from 71st to 31st. There are now three lanes open from 95th to 71st, four lanes open from 71st to 31st and back to three lanes on the elevated section from 31st to Roosevelt Rd. The outbound Dan Ryan will be placed into its construction configuration over the next few nights, weather permitting.

Oak Park Ave-Widening and resurfacing in Oak Forest-SB Oak Park closed (159th Street to Justamere road)

LaPorte Road from Wolf Road to Anna-Resurfacing in Mokena in WB LaPorte is closed from Schoolhouse to Kirkstone.

Grand Avenue-Roadway Reconstruction in Franklin Park-One lane open in each direction.

Dewitt County:
US Route 51-bridge repair work in the northbound lanes only, one lane of traffic maintained across the structure.

IL Route 10, road closure for bridge replacement. A marked state route detour is in effect.

DuPage County:
Bloomingdale Road at IL 19-Widening and Reconstruction in Itasca-reduced to one lane.

Grundy County:
Interstate 80-Senenca Interchange closed. Detour is posted.

Ashley road over I-80-road closed. Detour is posted.

US 6 east of IL 47-bridge replacement. One lane is open in each direction.

Hardin County:
IL 34-2.1 miles south of Herod-Temporary traffic signals. One lane bridge controlled by temporary signals.

IL 34-146-1.5 miles east of Illinois Route 146-temporary traffic signals. One lane bridge controlled by temporary signals.

Henry County:
IL 81 in Kewanee-The roadway is closed from IL 78 for five blocks westerly for removal and replacement of the street pavement. IL 81 is detoured around the construction area on local streets.

Iroquois County:
IL 49-four miles north of IL 9-bridge replacement. Road is closed with a posted detour.

Jefferson County:
IL 15-1 miles west of Mt. Vernon-temporary traffic signals. One lane bridge construction with traffic controlled by signals.

IL 15-2 miles east of Mt. Vernon-temporary traffic signals. One lane bridge construction with traffic controlled by signals.

Kane County:
IL 47 over I-88 (east west tollway) Bridge replacement in Blackberry township-Il 47-reduced to 1 lane in each direction. North Avenue at Randall Road-widening and resurfacing in St. Charles- One lane in each direction.

Wilson Street Bridge over the Fox River-Bridge reconstruction in Batavia-One lane in each direction on north half of the bridge. IL Ave over the Fox River between IL 25 & IL 31-Bridge reconstruction in Aurora. One lane in each direction.

Kankakee County:
US 45 –two miles south of Interstate 57-bridge replacement. One lane is open and controlled by signals.

Lake County:
IL 176 over US 41-Bridge replacement in Lake Bluff-One lane in each direction.

IL 22 from IL 83 Mundelein Road to U.S. 45/21-Roadway Reconstruction in Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, and Lincolnshire-One lane in each direction with turn lanes at intersections. Tight right turn radius at Prairie Road and Main Street on IL 22.

IL 22 from Bueushing to Quentin Road: Roadway widening and reconstruction: Lake Zurich-One lane in each direction with turn lanes at intersections. Traffic on new pavement west f Quentin Rd to east project limits.

IL 83 over the Wisconsin Central Limited-New Bridge Deck in Lake Villa, Loon Lake, and Antioch-All lanes currently open. There is ongoing construction beneath and adjacent to bridge. Daytime lane closures only when needed.

Butterfield Road from Hardin Ave to IL 137-Reconstruction and Widening in Libertyville-One lane will remain open in each direction.

LaSalle County:
I-39-milemarker 43-bridge repairs. One lane will remain open in each direction.

I-39-milemarker 55 and 56-bridge deck replacement. One lane will remain open in each direction.

IL 71-3 miles east of Il 178-bridge replacement-road closed-detour posted.

Il 71-5 miles west of IL 23-bridge replacement-one lane will be open and controlled by signals.

Madison County:
Staged Construction utilizing temporary traffic signals will be encountered along IL Rte. 143 just west of Interstate 70. The existing bridge beams will be replaced on the structure carrying IL Rte 143 over Sugar Creek.

Staged construction utilizing temporary traffic signals will be encountered along IL Rte 143 just west of Interstate 55. The bridge beams will be replaced on the structure carrying IL Rte 143 over Mooney Creek.

Marshall County:
IL 17-3.5 miles west of Sparland is reduced to one lane with traffic signals

McDonough County:
US 67-1.3 miles south of Industry in McDonough County is reduced to one lane with traffic signals.

McHenry County:
Streit Road over the North branch of the Kishwaukee River in Harvard-bridge closed. Advance warning is posted.

Montgomery County:
IL 185-bridge construction. One lane of traffic controlled by temporary signals.

Pope County:
IL 146-.25 miles east of Illinois Route 145-Temporary traffic signals. One lane bridge construction with traffic controlled by signals.

Randolph County:
Staged construction utilizing temporary traffic signals will be encountered along IL Rte 154 approximately 3.5 miles west of Sparta. The existing bridge beams will be replaced on the structure carrying IL Rte 154 over Plum Creek.

Saline County:
IL 34-North edge of Harrisburg-temporary traffic signals. One lane bridge controlled by temporary signals.

Stark County:
IL 91- closed for removal and replacement of a bridge and culvert over Jack Creek and the Jack Creek Tributary. Traffic is detoured using IL 17 and IL 78.

St. Clair County:
Westbound I-55 /70/64 ramp to southbound Tudor Avenue is closed for deck repairs. A posted detour is in effect.

IL Rte. 161 just south of Lincoln Trail in Fairview Heights. Southbound traffic will be shifted into the northbound lanes restricting traffic to one lane in each direction. A concrete barrier wall will be used to separate the north and southbound traffic across the existing bridge.

IL Rte. 161-a lane shift and restriction will be encountered along IL Route 161 just west of IL 159 in Fairview Heights.

Il Rte. 158-staged construction utilizing temporary traffic signals will be encountered just east of North Green Mount Road near Belleville. The lane restriction is necessary to replace the existing structure carrying IL Rte 158/177 over Loop Creek.

Scott Drive-closed at the south entrance to Scott Air Force base. This road closure is necessary to replace the existing structure carrying Scott Drive over Ash Creek. Motorists should use Seibert Road or Patriots Drive as alternate routes.

IL Rte. 159-Lane width restrictions will be encountered along IL Route 159 just north of the Belleville square and south of IL Route 161 in Belleville. One lanes of traffic will remain in each direction.

Tazewell County:
IL 29 in North Pekin in Tazewell County is reduced to one lane in both north and south directions.

Vermilion County:
US Route 136-road construction work continues, one lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained.

US Route 136-road closure and bridge replacement, one mile north of Danville.

US Route 150-bridge replacement. A marked detour is in effect.

Washington County:
Staged construction utilizing temporary traffic signals will be encountered along IL Rte 15 approximately 1 mile east of IL Rte 127. The existing bridge beams will be replaced on the structure carrying IL Rte 15 over Nashville Creek.

White County:
IL 141-.75 miles east of Illinois Route 1-temporary traffic signals. One lane bridge construction with traffic controlled by signals.

IL 14-3.3 miles east of Crossville-temporary traffic signals. One lane bridge controlled by temporary signals.

U.S. 45-1.5 miles south of Mill Shoals-temporary traffic signals. One lane bridge controlled by temporary signals.

Whiteside County:
US 30 bridge over the Mississippi River between Fulton, IL and Clinton, Iowa. Traffic is restricted to one lane and controlled by temporary traffic signals while the structure is painted one half at a time. Traffic is encouraged to use the IL 136 bridge one mile to the north to avoid the delays at the US 30 crossing.

Will County:
US 30 from Essington to Larkin-Reconstruction in Crest Hill and Joliet-2 lanes in each direction with a center turn lane.

159th Street under CNRR bridge in Harvey-Road closed between Park Avenue and Center Street through the end of April.

I-55 for I-80 to Weber Road in Troy Township-Lane shifts with occasional nighttime lane closures for sign truss work.

Winnebago County:
IL 2 at Clifton Avenue near the south edge of Rockford. IL 2 is reduced to one lane in each direction as the four-lane roadway is being replaced one half at a time for reconstruction of the intersection to widen the pavement and add turn lanes.
 

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