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03/23/2010

On The Road to Overnight Lane Closures on the Bishop Ford

Bishop Ford closures 3-23-10 
 
 

They're back!!  Just when you thought the work on the Bishop Ford was done, those dreaded construction signs reappear, warning unsuspecting motorists of upcoming lane closures.  Take a breath, it's not going to be that bad!  Beginning March 24th and continuing until late spring, there will be OVERNIGHT lane closures on the Ford from 159th to King Drive.  It's basically punch list stuff from last year's resurfacing project...finishing some guard rail work, installing reflectors in the road and putting in rumble strips.  Piece of cake, right?!

After Memorial Day, though, crews WILL have 24 hour lane closures on the Bishop Ford between Sibley and 159th.  This is to allow crews to lay an anti-icing coating on two bridge decks in that area.  This epoxy overlay will help keep the bridges free of ice, making the roadway much safer in the winter months.  According to IDOT, this should only take a few weeks, but the materials are both temperature and moisture sensitive, so they need warm, dry weather to finish the job.  Let's hope for smooth sailing on the Ford Freeway by July!

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