Road Construction Updates
As construction on three major Rosemont-area highway ramps connecting the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), Tri-State Tollway (I-294) and O’Hare International Airport begins, motorists should be prepared to face additional delays, traffic shifts and slower speeds through the end of the year.
Tollway authorities announced this week that construction has started on the ramps connecting eastbound I-90 to northbound and southbound I-294 and the ramp connecting eastbound I-90 to O’Hare. The ramps are being reconstructed as part of the massive $2.5 billion I-90 road and bridge rebuilding and widening projects.
Tollway authorities say the ramp reconstruction project should be completed by the end of 2015. All ramps will remain open throughout the construction as traffic will be shifted throughout the project.
Motorists are urged to watch for roadway construction warnings and updates on electronic and other tollway signs.
To keep the ramps open and traffic going during the construction, temporary pavement is being constructed in each location. Traffic will be shifted to the left when the temporary pavement is put in place to allow construction workers to continue work on the new ramps.
Not only is this reconstruction of the ramps part of the I-90 widening project, but tollway authorities say construction will not only extend the life of the ramps, but enhance safety. Improvements include putting down new concrete pavement, removing and replacing the existing shoulders with asphalt, adding new guardrails, roadway lighting and drainage systems.
The three ramps being reconstructed were part of the original 1950s tollway system.
Tollway authorities say several interchange ramps have been reconstructed in 2013 including the northbound I-294 to westbound I-190 and River Road and the ramp northbound I-294 to eastbound Kennedy (I-90) and westbound Jane Addams (I-90).
In the meantime, road construction in other greater Rosemont areas will result in continued delays for motorists. However, construction is progressing.
In the next few days expect lane shifts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily on Busse Road and Oakton Street at I-90 for retaining wall construction; on Wolf, Mannheim, Touhy and Higgins roads for work on I-90; and one left lane in both directions on Illinois Route 31 between Airport Road and I-90 will close for asphalt paving relating to the I-90 work.
Traffic on Lee Street and the bridge continues to be reduced to one lane in each direction while the bridge is widened to accommodate the wider I-90 roadway and to add a multi-use bicycle and pedestrian path on the east side of the bridge and a sidewalk on the west side. This project is slated to be completed in 2015.