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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 2009
 


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Marisa Kollias 312.814.4693 (IDOT)


Bishop Ford Freeway (I-94) Lanes Reduced August 7

Drivers should prepare for longer travel times


CHICAGO – With most patching and resurfacing complete, the schedule is now set for longer-term lane closures along both directions of the Bishop Ford Freeway (I-94) between the Stony Island Feeder Ramps and 159th Street, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today.

Beginning August 7, drivers can expect lane closures lasting from 40 to 120 days for bridge work and center median construction. The $27.5 million rehabilitation effort is one of nearly 250 “shovel-ready” construction projects in Illinois funded by the Obama Administration’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), also known as the Stimulus Plan.

Weather permitting, here’s what drivers can expect:

  • Inbound Bishop Ford (westbound I-94)
    • By Friday morning rush hour (August 7), traffic from 159th Street to Dolton Avenue will be reduced to two lanes through November.
    • By the following Thursday (August 13th), the lane closure will extend from Dolton Avenue to a half-mile north of 130th Street. This two-lane configuration will remain in place through September.
  • Outbound Bishop Ford (eastbound I-94)
    • By Thursday (August 13th), traffic from a half-mile north of 130th Street to 159th Street will be down to two lanes. The section from 130th Street to Dolton Avenue will reopen to three lanes by the end of September. The two-lane configuration from Dolton Avenue to 159th Street will remain in place through November.

Additional nighttime and weekend lane closures—with some single-lane configurations—are anticipated to complete the project. Work on the 103rd Street/Stony Island ramps will continue.

Heavy congestion should be expected at all times. Drivers are urged to consider alternate routes and public transportation. All work and related closures are weather dependent.

For project information and work zone updates, please visit the Bishop Ford Freeway web site at http://www.dot.il.gov/BishopFord/default.html
 

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