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Sarah Jindra's outlook on summer construction in Chicago

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Here’s your heads up for some of the big construction projects to watch out for this Spring/Summer construction season! As always, feel free to reach out with any questions:


-Lanes shifted to the left both directions for work from Blodgett to Arsenal until October 1st for creation of new interchange at Arsenal Rd. about a mile south of current location. MORE INFO

-Ramps from Central Ave to NB 55 and SB 55 to Central continue to be blocked until August 31.

-Lanes shifted both ways and narrowed between 147th and 159th for work continuing on the building of a new interchange at I-294. This also involves bridge replacements at IL-83 and Kedzie so you can expect delays on those roadways passing under I-57.

-Bridge Repairs—Routine concrete repairs to three bridges and ramp structures along I-290 in Hillside, Elmhurst and Addision. It won’t impact traffic on I-290 but will require lane closures on side streets: Hillside Rd under I-290 closes April 3; North Ave under I-290 ramp lane closures start April 4; Mill Rd over I-290 lane closures begin April 9. End date: June 27.

-Crews will remove and replace the bridge at Central Avenue over I-80. Central Ave will shut down starting April 12 and traffic will detour to Cicero. The right shoulders of I-80 under Central will also be closed until completion on August 3.


I-88 is being resurfaced for 38 miles between IL-56 in North Aurora and IL-251 in Rochelle, also 16 bridge structures will be improved. Work is scheduled to finish by late fall. Specifically, Annie Glidden Rd bridge will close for a month in late spring.

I-88 between Deerpath Rd and IL-56 adding a third lane starting in early summer and done by the end of 2012.

I-94 from Lake Cook to Half Day and Atkinson to Rockland pavement rehabilitation. Expect traffic shifts and splits, but all closures will happen in the overnight hours. Work expected to begin in the spring in finish in the fall.

Project completes an existing partial interchange. Work scheduled to begin in the spring with ramps opening by summer 2013.

I-294/I-90 Tri-Level Bridge Project
Ramp from NB I-294 to WB I-90 and ramp from EB I-190 out of Ohare to WB I-90 are both blocked until early July for reconstruction.

Construction of a new interchange to connect I-294 and I-57 has begun. To widen the bridges carrying the tristate over 147th, one lane of traffic is reduced each direction. Traffic in both directions at I-57 is shifted, but no reduction in lanes. The first phase of the project will be complete by the end of 2014.

I-294 is being resurfaced for 22 miles between 95th in Oak Lawn to Balmoral in Rosemont. The work also includes rehabilitation of 54 bridges. Done by late fall.


The Fullerton bridge just west of LSD is down to one lane each way as crews work to replace the bridge. The pedestrian underpass is closed. Work is expected to continue through December,with the landscaping and final improvements to be completed by spring of next year.

The bridge over the north branch canal at Division has been fixed. Now, crews are working on the bridge just north of Chicago Avenue. Halsted expected to open to 1 lane each way by April 30th and then reopen completely 2 weeks later.

Project continues to rebuild Wacker Drive. Work is now at the Monroe and Adams intersections through the summer and then move south to Jackson through December 2012. Lower Wacker remains open for local access only between Randolph and Congress.

Work on the interchange at Congress/Wacker continues. Scheduled to reopen December 31, 2012.

Work continues on the Congress bridge over the Chicago River. Lane reductions in place both directions on the bridge and both ramps from 90/94 to EB Congress are blocked. Expected completion is Fall 2012.

Project continues to improve the streetscape from Michigan Ave to Wells, reducing Congress to3 lanes EB and two lanes WB. Expected completion is Fall 2012.

**NW IND**

Overnight lane restrictions on 80-94 between I-65 and Broadway until July for demolition work of the Martin Luther King Drive bridge over the highway. One lane in each direction will be closed between 9 pm and 5 am daily. Other lanes will occasionally be closed between midnight
and 5 am. Once demolition of the existing bridge is completed, work will begin to construct the replacement bridge.


ADDISON: IL-53(Rohlwing Road) reconstruction and widening from Army Trail Rd to Elgin O’hare Expwy.

ALSIP, OAK LAWN, CHICAGO: Cicero Ave resurfacing from 95th to 127th from May through August 2012

ELBURN: IL-47 Resurfacing from Seavey Rd to Welter Rd set to begin April 9 and last through Aug 1. Lanes will be reduced to one lane during daytime hours.Interchange reconstruction at McLean Blvd and EB US-20 (Lake Street) until July 1st

GLENVIEW: Milwaukee (IL-21) resurfacing from Euclid/West Lake Ave to Glenview/Dearlove Rd . Traffic reduced to one lane each direction. April 2 to July 20

LIBERTYVILLE: Milwaukee (IL-21) from IL-137 to IL-120 being widened from one lane each direction to two lanes each direction. Expect lane blockages for the next two years

LYNWOOD: Remove and replace the Joe Orr Rd bridge over IL-394 April 2-Sept 30. Joe Orr Road will be blocked between Stoney Island and Cottage Grove Avenues.

MONEE: IL-50 resurfacing downtown between Wilson Street and Egyptian trail reduces traffic to one lane each way through Fall of 2012

NEW LONOX, MOKENA, FRANFORT: US-30 reconstruction and widening from Williams St to Harlem until Fall 2012.

ORLAND PARK: US-45 reconstruction and widening from 179th to 131st.

PALOS PARK: 119TH St Bridge over Mill Creek is being removed and replaced. 119th blocked just east of Kean
Avenue. Traffic rerouted to IL-83 via 86th and Kean Avenues from April 1-July 31.

ST CHARLES: IL-64 reconstruction and widening from IL-59 to 7th Ave.

WARRENVILLE: IL-56 (Butterfield Rd) reconstruction and widening from IL-59 to Naperville Road until Fall 2012.

WEST DUNDEE: Randall Road/Higgins intersection improvement with intermittent daytime lane closures through Oct 31.

WILMINGTON: IL-53 being resurfaced between Hoff and South Arsenal Roads . Traffic reduced to one lane each
direction. April 2 to late August.


Work set to start the weekend of April 13 and last through late 2012-- Track renewal work and replacement in Loop. Primarily affects weekend service. Customers should expect reroutes in the Loop on Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays.

Jarvis, Morse, Granville, Thorndale, Berwyn, Argyle and Lawrence stations are getting a face
lift and should all be completed by early 2013. Each of the seven stations will see temporary
closures for a maximum of six weeks. No two adjacent stations will be closed at one time, in
order to minimize impact on customers.

New Green and Pink line station at Morgan/Lake is set to open in May, tentatively prior to Memorial Day.

New Yellow Line station at Oakton near Skokie Blvd. tentatively set to open late April/early May.

In late 2012, CTA will launch the city’s first bus rapid transit service along Jeffery Boulevard. The route will run from 103rd to Ogilvie/Union Stations, but the BRT improvements mostly will be south of 67th Street: Dedicated rush-hour bus lanes from 67th to 83rd, Traffic signal priority for buses (longer green for approaching buses) from 73rd to 84th, Upgraded bus stops with shelters/info kiosks/bike racks every ½ mile.

The PACE plan to let buses ride on the shoulder of the Stevenson has been popular. So PACE is planning to add service on their express busses that use the Stevenson Expressway starting April 9th. The 755 currently runs between Plainfield and the Illinois Medical District/UIC. PACE will be extending the route all the way to Union Station and running 3 inbound and 3 outbound routes on weekdays. The 855 runs between Plainfield and North Michigan Ave will add an additional trip during both rush hours for a total of 7 inbound and 7 outbound trips on weekdays.

Says it has no big projects scheduled that will impact commuters this Spring/Summer.


The City of Chicago is planning a new bike sharing program, calling for 3,000 bikes and 300 docking stations in 2012, with an additional 1,000 bikes and 100 stations in the following 12 months.

The City of Chicago is working to build 100 miles of protected bike lanes by 2015. The first was installed in Kinzie Ave between Milwaukee and Wells in 2011. Protected lanes are also being built on Jackson between Ogden and Halsted and on 18th Street between Canal and Clark. In
2012, watch for these proposed protected lanes: Elston between North Ave and Milwaukee; Garfield between Halsted and King; Lake Street between Central Park and Damen; 31st between Wells and the lake (all proposed 2012 protected lanes).


While the G8 summit has been moved to Camp David, the NATO summit is still scheduled for Sunday and Monday, May 20-21, 2012 at McCormick Place. The South Shore, Metra Electric, Amtrak and CN freight trains pass under McCormick Place. All are waiting to hear plans from the Secret Service to see if train travel will be halted in the area.

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