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On the Road to I-290 detours!

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I already have my detours picked out!  If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of motorists who travel on the Eisenhower Expressway / I-290 extension, I strongly recommend you do the same.  On April IDOT will begin a $13.2 million dollar resurfacing and repair job over 27 miles of I-290 from the Circle Interchange (at I-94) out west to Thorndale Avenue in Itasca.

During the first phase of the project, crews will tackle repairs to 37 bridge structures. This work will include replacing bridge joints and putting new decks on many of the bridges. As you can imagine, this will require permanent lane closures throughout the entire length of the project.  On April 1st, the right lane will close in each direction.  As bridge work is completed, traffic will be shifted, the right lane will open and the left lane will close.  There will be several shifts during the bridge repairs, but only one lane will be closed in each direction during daytime hours. 

Bridge work on the east half of repair zone, through Chicago is scheduled for completion by the end of June.  At that point, crews will begin resurfacing the pavement. The good news for motorists is, all lanes will be reopened and the resurfacing work will be done at night!

Bridge work on the west half (the I-290 extension to Thorndale) is more complex and won't be done until the end of August, but similarly, all lanes will open and crews will resurface during the nighttime hours.

Exit and Entrance ramps will also be resurfaced, again, during nighttime hours, and no 2 consecutive ramps will close at the same time. The entire project is scheduled for completion October 31, 2010.

You can follow the progress of the project and get more detailed information on IDOT's web site: http://www.dot.il.gov/I290/index.html

If you've been paying attention, right about now you're asking yourself, isn't the Congress Bridge work supposed to start on April 1st as well?  Right you are!  And just for kicks, the Lower Wacker Drive ramps to and from the Eisenhower close on April 1st too - no foolin'! 

I'm thinking the closures on the Congress Bridge (lanes reduced to two inbound and only ONE outbound) will cause a much bigger problem than the one lane reduction each way on the Ike/290 extension.

A couple of suggestions:  if at all possible, use public transportation.  You have many choices out west, from the CTA Blue or Green lines to Metra's UP West line, Milwaukee District West line, or even the BNSF.

If you public transportation is not an option, you may want to consider either the Kennedy or Stevenson expressways.  Roosevelt Road is one of the only east/west routes that continues into the suburbs, but you've got to figure a lot of other people will be using that as a detour.  If your commute doesn't take you too far out of the city and you know your way around, I'm sure you've already figured out a couple of alternate routes.  What's that, you say?  What is my detour?  Keep checking my blog...after construction starts, if it's not too crowded, I'll share one of my secret shortcuts with you!

Happy motoring!


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i'm so glad that they already made a solution on this problem

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