Des Plaines River Road Upgrade Ready for Construction of New Permanent Lanes
Project Will Create Jobs, Build Safer
Roadway and Improve Flow of Vehicles, Goods and Services in
North Cook County
DES PLAINES - Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig,
joined by local officials, announced the upcoming completion of
the first stage of a major upgrade to a flood-prone stretch of
Des Plaines River Road. The project, when it is finished next
summer, will have created 180 jobs while easing congestion and
improving safety in the northwest suburbs.
The first stage of the project involved construction of
temporary lanes to carry traffic while permanent lanes are being
rebuilt over the next 10 months.
“Local motorists have been driving on an outdated Des Plaines
River Road for too long,” Hannig said. “By working with the
impacted communities, IDOT is building a new-and-improved Des
Plaines River Road that will put people to work and address
important transportation and economic development needs of the
Construction started in June on the $14 million project to
improve the road from north of Touhy Avenue to south of Devon
Avenue. The work, being done over two years, calls for widening
the 1.5-mile stretch, while raising and reconstructing the road
bed to protect against flooding from the Des Plaines River. A
new system of curbs and gutters will be added to remove rain
water more efficiently. Retaining walls and new traffic signals
at Touhy and Devon avenues also will be built.
The project is unfolding in three stages. The first stage, which
ends in November, involves the placement of temporary pavement
to handle traffic for the remainder of the project. Starting in
December, traffic will be shifted to allow for the construction
of the new permanent lanes for the final two stages before the
project wraps up in July 2011.
Before IDOT started work on the corridor, Des Plaines River Road
was notorious for its narrow traffic lanes, lack of turning
lanes and poor drainage – all factors contributing to a
deteriorated road surface and a large number of accidents. Once
the project is complete, jurisdiction over the upgraded section
of Des Plaines River Road will be shifted from IDOT to the City
of Des Plaines for future maintenance.