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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 2007


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Marisa Kollias 312.814.4693
Mike Claffey 312.814.3957

 

IDOT: Edens Rehab Project Will Require Lane Closures from Late Sept. to early Nov., and next spring and summer

Drivers urged to allow extra time; Work Coincides with IDOT Emergency Traffic Patrol Extending service area north to Lake Cook Road

SCHAUMBURG – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that, weather permitting, in late September it will be launching the first phase of a rehabilitation, resurfacing and drainage improvement project that will require major lane reductions in both directions of the Edens Expressway/I-94 this fall and next spring and summer.

Starting Sept. 28, IDOT plans to permanently close the right lane and the shoulder of the Edens Expressway for long stretches in both directions of the 14-mile expressway from Lawrence Ave. to Lake Cook Rd. until Nov. 4, weather permitting.

Drivers can expect the following:

  • The center lane of the Edens will be closed for patching, leaving one lane open from 10 p.m. on Friday night until 9 a.m. on Saturday morning.
     

  • The overnight lane closure will be lifted by 9 a.m. – however, motorists should expect to have the center lane closed on weekend days to allow the concrete patches to cure. At these times the outside and inside lanes will be open until the concrete in the center lane cures.
     

  • There will also be occasional overnight closures of two lanes at the outset of the project starting at 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. from Sunday through Thursday nights to allow for striping and other preparatory work.

These closures this fall are needed for a concrete patching operation that must be carried out in advance of the coming winter.

Next spring and summer, IDOT will carry out the second phase of the project, which will involve patching bridge decks and resurfacing all three lanes of the Edens. From the beginning of April through the end of July, weather permitting, the Edens will be reduced to two lanes in each direction.

From the end of July through the end of September, weather permitting, there will be three lanes open in each direction on the Edens Expressway north of Old Orchard Road except for during overnight hours, when two lanes will be closed for resurfacing and one lane will remain open. The Edens south of Old Orchard Road will have three lanes open in each direction during the daytime starting at the end of August, with the nighttime closures continuing until the end of September.

The project will also involve drainage improvements at the Foster Ave., Pratt St., Willow Road, Winnetka Road underpasses. The bridges that will be rehabilitated are over the Skokie River, over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, over Golf Rd., over Forest Glen Ave.. over the North Branch of the Chicago River and over Cicero Ave.

The goal of the project is to extend the life of the Edens, which was reconstructed in the late 1970’s.

IDOT advises drivers to avoid the Edens if possible. IDOT also recommends car pooling and using mass transit. Drivers who must use the Edens should allow extra time, especially during the rush hours.

The start of the project coincides with the previously announced expansion northward of the service area for IDOT’s Emergency Traffic Patrol service from Lake St. to Lake Cook Rd., at the northern terminus of the Edens. These increased patrols will help to ensure that lane blockages are removed as quickly as possible.

IDOT also advises that Illinois State Police will be strictly enforcing the 45 mile per hour work zone speed limit, both for the safety of construction workers and motorists.

The contractor for the $42.8 million project is Plote Inc.

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