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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2009


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Marisa Kollias (IDOT) 312-814-4693
Paris Ervin (IDOT) 217-558-0517

Illinois Department of Transportation Gives Motorists a Break
from Construction for Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Gary Hannig announced today it is giving motorists a break by suspending lane closures where possible over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. 

“Because we know so many Illinoisans are planning to travel during the holiday weekend, we’re doing everything we can to keep the roads open and delay free.,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig.  “We hope suspending construction and opening lanes this Thanksgiving holiday will increase the chances of motorists getting to their destinations safely.”

Secretary Hannig also urged drivers to closely monitor weather reports before beginning any long distance car trips, and to check IDOT’s website - www.gettingaroundillinois.com – for travel directions and the latest information on winter road conditions across the state.  Information is also available by phone from a toll-free hotline.

Work in as many construction zones as possible around the state will be suspended for the Thanksgiving Holiday from 3:00 pm, Wednesday, November 25 through Midnight, Sunday, November 29.

Due to the nature of some projects, there will be construction zones throughout the state that will continue to have lane closures in effect.  IDOT is reminding motorists to obey the law and slow down while driving through work zones.  Holiday travelers are reminded that work speed zone limits are still in effect.

Areas that will continue to have lane closures are as follows:

COOK COUNTY

·         Barrington Hills-- IL 68 between Healy Road.  Culvert replacement, traffic reduced to one lane with traffic signals.

·         Calumet Park & Chicago--I-57 at 103rd, 112th, 115th (Chicago) & 125th (Calumet Park).  Bridge reconstruction, shoulder closures on I-57 & staged construction on bridges.

·         Chicago--26th Street and I-55 Frontage Road over the Franklin Connector.  Bridge construction, 31st Street road closed with detour posted.

·         Chicago--I-90 at Central.  Bridge construction, traffic reduced to one lane in each direction.

·         Chicago--31st Street from Cicero Avenue to Kostner Avenue.  Resurfacing & Bridge construction, one lane open in each direction.

·         Chicago--I-90/94 from Hubbard's Cave to I-290.  Reconstruction, simultaneous closing and reconstruction of Jackson Boulevard Ramp, Adams Street Ramp, and Monroe Ramp located on the eastbound side of the Kennedy Expressway; The Monroe Exit ramp located on the westbound side will permanently close at this time; Traffic to the Loop will be detoured to Madison Street and other adjacent open ramps within this corridor.

·         Glenview--IL 21 from Willow Road to Sanders.  Reconstruction & Bridge work, traffic reduced to one lane in each direction.

·         Glenwood--Main Street between North Main and State Street.  Reconstruction, traffic reduced to one lane in each direction.

·         Harvey--159th Street from Lexington to Fisk.  Reconstruction, 159th Street closed between Park Avenue & IL Route 1 (Halsted Street); Traffic detour using Dixie Highway, Sibley Boulevard, and IL 1 (Halsted).

·         Harvey/Markham--159th Street from Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to IL Route 1 (Halsted Street).  Reconstruction, traffic reduced to one lane in each direction.

·         Niles--IL Route 21 (Milwaukee Avenue) from Albion Avenue to Neva Avenue and on Milwaukee Avenue from Harts Road to Neva Avenue, in Village of Niles.  Widening and resurfacing with landscaping, permanent lane closures, one lane open in each direction.

DUPAGE COUNTY

·         Downers Grove--Prairie Avenue from Forest Avenue to Fairview Avenue.  Reconstruction, westbound traffic only, eastbound lanes closed with detour posted.

·         Itasca--Thorndale Avenue over Salt Creek.  Bridge work, traffic reduced to one lane open in each direction.

·         Naperville--75th Street & Washington Street.  Reconstruction & Bridge work, traffic reduced to one lane in each direction.

·         Westmont--Blackhawk Drive from US 34 to Chicago.  Reconstruction, traffic open to local traffic only with detour posted.

KANE COUNTY

·         Aurora--Wood Street over the Burlington National Railroad.  Reconstruction & Bridge work, one lane open in each direction.

LAKE COUNTY

·         Lincolnshire--US 45/IL 21 at IL 22.  Reconstruction, one lane open in each direction on US 45 with left turn lanes at intersection.

·         Libertyville/Grayslake--US 45 from IL 137 to IL 120.  Reconstruction and widening, one lane open in each direction on US 45 with left turn lanes at intersections.

·         Gurnee--US 41 from Skokie Highway over IL 132 roadway.  Bridge & Interchange reconstruction, one lane open in each direction on US 41 over IL 132 and on IL 132 under US 41.

MCHENRY COUNTY

·         Marengo--IL 23 over Kishwaukee River.  Bridge construction, IL 23 closed to any through traffic from IL 13 in Harvard to IL 176 with detour posted.

WILL COUNTY

·         Monee--I-57 Manhattan-Monee Road entrance and exit ramps.  Reconstruction, no lane closures on I-57 North and South; Right and left shoulders will be closed and lanes are reduced on Manhattan-Monee Road and northbound I-57 at Manhattan Road & on southbound exit to Manhattan-Monee Road.

JODAVIESS COUNTY

·         Stockton--IL 78.  Replacement of a large culvert just north of the Carroll County line, traffic reduced to one lane controlled by temporary traffic signals.

ROCK ISLAND COUNTY

·         Rapids City--I-80 over the Mississippi River.  Emergency repairs for outside lanes of the bridge, one lane open in each direction.

·         Andalusia--IL 92.  Replacement of a large culvert near 120th Street, traffic reduced to one lane controlled by temporary traffic signals.

KNOX COUNTY

·         Galesburg--US 34 over I-74.  Bridge replacement, traffic reduced to one lane in each direction. 

FULTON COUNTY

·         London Mills--IL 116.  Box culvert replacement, traffic reduced to one lane in each direction controlled by temporary traffic signals.

PEORIA COUNTY

·         Laura--IL 78.  Pavement replacement, traffic reduced to one lane in each direction controlled by temporary traffic signals.

·         Mossville--IL 29.  Bridge replacement, traffic reduced to one lane in each direction controlled by temporary traffic signals.

·         Peoria--Airport Road at IL 116.  Bridge and pavement replacement, traffic reduced to one lane in each direction.

TAZEWELL COUNTY

·         Peoria/Sunnyland--IL Route 8.  Construction, traffic reduced to one lane in each direction.

McLEAN COUNTY

·         Bloomington--I-74, 1 mile east of US 51.  Bridge rehabilitation, traffic reduced to one lane in each direction with barrier wall in place.

·         Bloomington--US 150, 3 miles north of IL 9.  Bridge joint repair, traffic reduced to one lane in each direction with barrier wall in place.

·         Bloomington--I-74, 8 miles east of US 51.  Bridge replacement, restricts I-74 westbound to one lane with barrier wall in place.

·         Bloomington--I-74, north I-55 to east of US 51 at Bloomington.  Bridge repair restricts traffic to one lane in each direction with barrier wall in place.

·         Bloomington--I-55, 1 mile east of US 51.  Bridge rehabilitation, traffic reduced to one lane in each direction with barrier wall in place.

DOUGLAS COUNTY

·         Tuscola--US 36, 2 miles east of I-57.  Bridge replacement, traffic reduced to one lane in each direction with barrier wall in place.

MACOUPIN COUNTY

·         Carlinville--IL 108 over Macoupin Creek.  Bridge reconstruction, traffic reduced to one lane controlled by temporary traffic signals.

SANGAMON COUNTY

·         Springfield--I-55 at Sixth Street Interchange.  Bridge reconstruction, traffic reduced to one lane.

HAMILTON COUNTY

·         Broughton--IL 142.  Bridge construction, traffic reduced to one lane controlled by temporary traffic signals.

·         Wayne City--IL 242.  Bridge construction, traffic reduced to one lane controlled by temporary traffic signals.

HARDIN COUNTY

·         Rosiclare--IL 34/146.  Bridge construction, traffic reduced to one lane controlled by temporary traffic signals.

JACKSON COUNTY

·         Carbondale--IL 13 (Main Street).  Lane restriction, traffic reduced from three lanes to two lanes for culvert construction.

·         Carbondale--IL 13 (Main Street) westbound.  Lane restriction, traffic reduced from two lanes to one lane for bridge rehabilitation.

SALINE COUNTY

·         Harrisburg--IL 34.  Bridge construction, traffic reduced to one lane controlled by temporary traffic signals.
 

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