Circle Interchange May Get $375 Facelift
Considered one of the most congested segments of highway in the nation, this vehicular confluence, where the Dan Ryan, Kennedy and Eisenhower expressways and Congress Parkway meet, sees about 300,000 cars per day.
Because of it’s location and importance to local, regional and national transportation, the Illinois Department of Transportation is considering many ideas on how to increase capacity and therefore reduce the time wasting traffic backups the interchange currently produces.
In fact, IDOT held an information open house on the project last Thursday at the Marriot Hotel on the UIC Campus to show possible solutions as well as week public input for the project. According to the Daily Herald, there are many ideas being proposed–some conventional and some, let’s say out of the box ideas.
Whatever the solution or solutions, it will not be cheap. The current estimate is $375 million just for the construction. So far, there doesn’t seem to be any timeline for the project. That might have something to do with Illinois’ current fiscal health. Not only is the state broke, things are getting worse as Illinois’ credit rating was downgraded again last week. So getting the funding for big project like this might be problematic.
Read the Daily Herald’s full report, “Traffic planners circle around interchange solution.”