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Category Archives: Chicago traffic

Adams St. Bridge Closed For Construction Starting Monday Night

Construction on the Adams Street Bridge starts after the evening rush on Monday, January 25th. Photo credit: CDOT

Construction on the Adams Street Bridge starts after the evening rush on Monday, January 25th. Photo credit: CDOT

Just after rush hour Monday night (January 25th), the Adams Street Bridge will be closed to traffic for a 13-month reconstruction project according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

Adjacent to Union Station and spanning the South Branch of the Chicago River, the bascule bridge was constructed to raise and lower to allow high masted boat traffic on the river. Most of the other downtown bascule bridges have been rebuilt or repaired over the last ten years according to CDOT.

Project Means 5 Weeks Of Lane Closures On Columbus Drive

CDOT logoAbout five weeks of construction work on Columbus Drive began Monday, January 18th according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

Two lanes of northbound and two lanes of southbound Columbus Drive will be closed between Randolph and Monroe for maintenance work on the section of the road directly above the Millennial Park Garage. This will leave a single northbound and a single southbound lane open to vehicular traffic.

The southbound entrance and northbound exit to the Millennium Park garage will also be closed for the first phase of the repairs. CDOT says motorists may use the northbound garage entrance near Monroe and exit the garage southbound at Randolph.

With two of three lanes in each direction closed for the next five weeks, drivers would be best advised to avoid that section of Columbus Drive.

IDOT Announces Weekend Ramp Closure At Byrne Interchange

Jane Byrne InterchangeThe ramp that connects the eastbound Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) to the outbound Eisenhower Expressway (westbound I-290) will be closed over the weekend according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The ramp will close at 10 PM Friday, January 15th and re-open Monday, January 18th at 4 AM, in time for the morning rush hour.

IDOT says the closure is necessary for construction of the pier needed for the new flyover ramp which links the westbound Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) to the outbound Eisenhower Expressway. The work is part of the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange Project.

Traffic will be directed to the outbound Dan Ryan Expressway to the 18th Street exit ramp. IDOT says motorists should follow the posted detour signs to re-enter the inbound Dan Ryan to use the exit ramp to the outbound Eisenhower Expressway.

IDOT says motorists should expect delays.

Overnight Closures On Southbound Lake Shore Drive Begin Sunday Night

Detour signLate night drivers should avoid southbound Lake Shore Drive near McCormick Place for the next week.

All southbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive and the ramp linking LSD to the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) will be closed overnights starting Sunday night, January 10th.

The project is part of reconstruction of the interchange between Lake Shore Drive and the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. The closures will occur nightly through Friday, January 15th.

IDOT says the closures are required for the installation of new bridge beams.

Overnight Lane Closures On LSD Begin Early Sunday Morning

IDOT logoEarly Sunday morning construction work on Lake Shore Drive will begin and causing northbound lanes to be closed during overnight hours for the next five days.

Beginning at 1 AM on Sunday morning all northbound lanes at the Lake Shore Drive Interchange–where LSD and I-55 meet along Chicago’s lakefront. The closures on Sunday will end at 7 AM.

Then, for the next four days, from Monday December 21st through Thursday, December 24th, closures will take place from 1 AM until 5 AM each night.

The Illinois Department of Transportation says the closures are needed to perform beam erection as part of the Interstate 55 and Lake Shore Drive Interchange Project.

IDOT says drivers will be detoured from northbound Lake Shore Drive to the southbound Stevenson (Interstate 55) ramp to exit at State Street. Motorists should re-enter the northbound Stevenson and use the eastbound Stevenson to northbound Lake Shore Drive ramp.

Friday Night Closures Scheduled For Eisenhower Expressway

Jane Byrne InterchangeMore work on the Halsted Street Bridge will require overnight closures of the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) Friday night according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

IDOT says the closures are necessary to install beams on the Halsted Street bridge over the CTA Blue Line tracks along the Eisenhower Expressway. The work is part of the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange Improvement Project.

The closures will start at 11:59 PM on Friday and will last until Saturday at 9 AM.

The two left lanes on the eastbound Eisenhower Expressway and access to Congress Parkway will be closed.

Here’s the detour information:

2 Nights Of Ramp Closures Slated For Jane Byrne Interchange

Jane Byrne InterchangeRamps from I-90/94 to westbound I-290 (Eisenhower Expressway) will be closed to traffic overnight to facilitate work as part of the Jane Byrne Interchange Improvement Project on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced the ramp closures will start at 1 AM and end at 5 AM on both Wednesday and Thursday to let crews to install beams on the Halsted Street Bridge over the ramps to the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290).

The northbound ramp from the Dan Ryan Expressway (Interstate 90/94) to westbound Eisenhower Expressway will be closed completely until 5 AM. A detour will direct traffic the northbound Kennedy’s Augusta exit to re-enter the southbound Kennedy Expressway.

The southbound ramp from the Kennedy Expressway to westbound Eisenhower Expressway will have 15-minute full stops.

IDOT warns motorists to expect delays.

Man Hit By Brown Line Train Closes Kedzie To Traffic Monday Night

Kedzie Ave. in Albany Park was closed at the CTA Brown Line tracks due to a fatal train vs. pedestrian accident. Photo credit: The Expired Meter.com

Kedzie Ave. in Albany Park was closed at the CTA Brown Line tracks due to a fatal train vs. pedestrian accident. Photo credit: The Expired Meter.com

Kedzie Avenue was closed late Monday night after a man was hit crossing the CTA Brown Line tracks in Albany Park.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kedzie was closed for several hours and CTA Brown Line service was temporarily halted between Kimball and Kedzie for police and emergency crews to handle the situation.

Here’s the Tribune’s full story.

Overnight Closures On Dan Ryan This Weekend

IDOT logoOvernight lane closures will take place on the Dan Ryan (I-90/94) this weekend due to work on the 63rd Street Bridge reconstruction project.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced the lane closures at 63rd Street from Saturday, Dec. 12, to Sunday, Dec. 13.

Crews will close the left lane of the northbound express lanes starting at 9 PM Saturday followed by the closure of a second lane at 11 PM.

All of the northbound express lanes will be closed between midnight and 3 AM Sunday. A full closure of the northbound local lanes will take place from 3 AM Sunday until 7 AM. The right lane will remain closed until 9 AM.

The entrance ramp to the northbound local lanes at 71st Street will be closed from 2 AM to 9 AM.

In the southbound local lanes, the left lane will be closed at 9 PM Saturday, with a second lane closing at midnight. The three left lanes will be closed from 1 AM to 7 AM with full 15 minute stops according to IDOT.

Lake Street Bridge Closed Sunday For Maintenance

CDOT logoThe Lake Street Bridge will be closed to all traffic Sunday, December 6th for maintenance according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

CDOT says the bridge, which spans the South Branch of the Chicago River will close from 2 AM until 8 PM on Sunday.

The roadway and sidewalks will be closed to both vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic.