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For Immediate Release Contact: Steve Kulm
October 13, 2002 847/705-4079 Office
847/705-4710 TTY

I-55 at I-294 Interchange Reconstruction Project

To Finish Ahead of Schedule

SCHAUMBURG-- On October 14, more than two weeks ahead of schedule, motorists will be able to use all ramps at the new and improved interchange between the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294).

By 5:00 AM Monday, all detours will be removed and the ramps from northbound I-55 to northbound I-294, southbound I-294 to northbound I-55, and southbound I-294 to Joliet Road will re-open to traffic.

The $12.7 million project was designed to reduce congestion and improve safety where the two heavily traveled interstate highways meet. The major improvements included the reconstruction of two bridges with additional lanes

No longer will traffic using different ramps be forced to merge into the same lane as it approaches or leaves the I-294 toll plaza. Each ramp now has its own dedicated lane.

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