|For Immediate Release||Contact: Steve Kulm|
|May 15, 2002||847/705-4079 Office|
SCHAUMBURG -- On May 20, weather permitting, a major two-year $29.6 million
project to improve US 45 at I-80 near Orland Park, Tinley Park and Mokena will
The project will rebuild and reconfigure the various ramps at the interchange
of US 45 and I-80 and will reconstruct US 45 from north of 179th
Street to south of 191st Street. The overall completion date is
The planned improvements include: reconstructing and realigning several ramps
at the US 45/I-80 interchange, rebuilding the US 45 bridges over I-80 and over
the METRA railroad tracks, and adding a third travel lane in each direction on
US 45 from 179th to the bridge over I-80. Also included is the
construction of a new intersection at 183rd Street, and
reconstructing with additional turn lanes the intersections of US 45 at 179th
and 191st Streets.
There will also be drainage upgrades, improved roadway lighting, and existing
traffic signals will be modernized and new ones installed at 183rd
Street and at the I-80 exit ramps to US 45. No significant roadwork is planned
to occur on I-80.
The first year work from May 20 to October 31 will focus primarily on
activities related to ramp construction for the US 45 at I-80 interchange. Most
of this work will be done off-road; that is, it will have only occasional direct
impact on traffic as all ramps will remain open. However, US 45 will be reduced
to one lane in each direction as crews remove the median and install temporary
pavement in preparation for next year’s work. During 2003, US 45 will be rebuilt
as well as the several entrance and exit ramps at I-80.
The contractor is K-Five Construction of Lemont.