Shoulder Repair on Dan Ryan to Begin September 4,
Night Work is First Advance Contract for Reconstruction Project
SCHAUMBURG, IL -- A $1.5 million shoulder repair project starting
on September 4 is the first small step being taken to prepare the Dan Ryan
expressway (I-94/I-90) for a massive reconstruction effort over the next few
From September 2003 to late 2006, the Illinois Department of
Transportation will be rebuilding approximately nine miles of the Dan Ryan from
31st Street to the I-57 / Bishop Ford junction. Advance work will be done in
2003 and 2004. Mainline reconstruction is scheduled for 2005 and 2006. The
overall project has an estimated cost of more than $400 million.
On Thursday night, work will begin on the section of the Dan Ryan
from 47th Street to 67th Street. The inside shoulder of the local lanes and the
outside shoulder of the express lanes will be reconstructed in both directions,
temporary barrier median walls will be placed, and crossovers built. This will
prepare the shoulders and median to accept heavy traffic volumes in the future
when other construction will require their use to move traffic.
To do this work, permanent shoulder closures will be used.
Furthermore, nightly lane closures will be needed. From Sunday to Thursday, lane
closures can begin at 8:00PM and must re-open to traffic by 6:00AM the next
morning. On Fridays, lane closures can occur from 8:00PM to 7:00AM, and on
Saturdays from 8:00PM to 12 noon. This project is to be completed by October 31.