Bishop Ford Freeway (I-94) Lanes Reduced
Drivers should prepare for longer travel
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
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