Lane closures and traffic shifts are scheduled to begin this month as work resumes between Balmoral Avenue in Rosemont and Wolf Road in Franklin Park as part of the Illinois Tollway’s $4 billion Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project.
Weather permitting, the inside shoulders in both directions on I-294 between Schiller Park and Franklin Park will be closed for repair work scheduled to last through late March. Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to the closures.
In addition, intermittent, full roadway closures, each lasting 15 minutes, are scheduled to take place between midnight and 4 a.m. for temporary roadway lighting work.
Between the O’Hare Oasis and Wolf Road in Franklin Park, traffic in both directions will be shifted to the inside lanes for roadway work. The tollway will maintain four lanes of traffic in both directions by shifting traffic to safely accommodate drivers and provide for work zones during construction. Additional lane closures will be scheduled as needed during overnight and off-peak hours for construction. In addition, off-peak closures will be needed on Mannheim Road for bridgework.
Between Lawrence Avenue and the O’Hare Oasis, work is scheduled to resume on I-294 and traffic shifts will be put in place with five lanes of traffic remaining open in most areas. However southbound traffic between Irving Park and Lawrence Avenue will be reduced to four lanes. Work includes rebuilding the inside lanes, shoulder and median.
Work on the central Tri-State began in 2018 to repair, resurface and widen I-294 to five lanes between Balmoral Avenue and Wolf Road in Franklin Park, as well as to reconstruct barrier walls, medians and shoulders in this area.
Construction in this area was coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, Chicago Department of Aviation, Schiller Park, Rosemont and Franklin Park, as well as local fire and police departments.