DOWNERS GROVE, IL - The Illinois Tollway today announced that the ramp carrying traffic from the southbound Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to the eastbound Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) is scheduled to reopen to traffic early Saturday morning as 2011 work on the Tri-Level Bridge Rehabilitation Project wraps up. This year's work will be completed within budget and ahead of schedule.
"We are pleased to return an improved ramp bridge to our customers three weeks ahead of schedule," said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur. "While closing down a portion of our roadway is always a last resort, the Tollway and its contractors worked hard to honor our commitment to reopen this ramp before the end of October."
To prepare for the reopening of the ramp, one southbound lane on I-294 will close at 11 p.m. on Friday, October 7, for overhead sign work and pavement striping. Two additional southbound lanes will close at 2 a.m. By 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 8, the ramp is scheduled to be open to traffic. A single southbound lane will remain closed until 9 a.m. to complete pavement striping.
In addition to the completed improvements, the $13 million Tri-Level Bridge Rehabilitation Project includes work in 2012 to rehabilitate the flyover ramp carrying traffic from northbound I-294 to westbound I-90. The project is replacing concrete beams, bridge decks and bearings and repairing existing bridge substructures. The project has been coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation and officials from nearby O'Hare International Airport.
The I-294/I-90 Tri-Level Bridge Rehabilitation Project is necessary to extend the life of the existing flyover ramp bridges to provide safe and convenient travel for Tollway customers. On average, more than 32,000 vehicles per day traveled this interchange in 2010. On any given day, approximately 28 professional and construction staff worked on the project.