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Illinois Department of Transportation - Interstate 55 at Arsenal Road

Interstate 55 at Arsenal Road
Interchange Improvement

 

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PROJECT SUMMARY

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will relocate and reconfigure the Interstate 55 interchange at Arsenal Road in Will County. The interchange will be approximately one mile south of the current location. The new interchange will feature a flyover ramp for southbound traffic on Interstate 55 exiting to Arsenal Road. The east and west Frontage Roads will be reconstructed in a new configuration and a new structure will carry the West Frontage Connector Road over Interstate 55. The project when completed will improve highway safety, traffic flow and improve the efficiency of the interchange. The project cost is currently estimated at nearly $70 Million and is funded through a combination of state and federal funds.
 

Project Start: Summer, 2009 * The project started in the summer of 2009 with Frontage Road work and median shoulder reconstruction to prepare the roadway for mainline construction. The main interchange reconstruction is currently underway.
   
Project End: Fall, 2014 Subject to change & weather dependent.
UPDATE—April 2014

Current contract work consists of punch list work. Daytime shoulder closures on ramps and nighttime lane closures on I-55 may still occur. This work consists mainly of landscaping, electrical work and other clean-up items.

It should be noted the adjacent construction project on I-55 at the Des Plaines River Bridge will still have traffic control devices in place on I-55. The Des Plaines River Bridge work is not part of the I-55 at Arsenal Road project. These conditions will persist until normal lane configurations are restored later this year.

The letting date for the last contract is undetermined at this time. The contract will complete PCC pavement and shoulder along with necessary earthwork on the east frontage road adjacent to Exxon Mobil’s property. The start of this work is dependent on the relocation of a gas pipeline. This contract will complete the Arsenal project.

UPDATE—October 2013

Current contract work is nearing significant completion meaning traffic control drums and other devices will soon be removed. Daytime lane closures on ramps and nighttime lane closures on I-55 may still occur for work that does not affect the safe opening of new pavement. This work consists mainly of landscaping, signage, fence installation, electrical work and other clean-up items.

It should be noted the adjacent construction project on I-55 at the Des Plaines River Bridge will still have traffic control devices in place. This will persist until normal lane configurations are restored before winter weather conditions set in later this fall.

The letting date for the last contract is undetermined at this time. The contract will complete PCC pavement and shoulder along with necessary earthwork on the east frontage road adjacent to Exxon Mobil’s property. The start of this work is dependent on the relocation of a gas pipeline. This contract will complete the Arsenal project.

UPDATE—October 2012

The completion of the current contract has been extended into 2013. Significant delays due to utility relocation and changed site conditions have impacted critical portions of the work. Coordination with work activities adjacent to this project could push the completion into summer 2013.

New northbound exit and entrance ramps were opened this fall. The new southbound exit ramp is not anticipated to open this year. Work will continue on the flyover bridge, pavement and other features of this ramp until weather conditions prevent reasonable completion. Night time closures of I-55 should be anticipated for setting bridge beams and other construction activities. We anticipate by the beginning of December the interstate will be returned to its normal configuration.

Construction along the east frontage road continues to make progress. Some work activities are highly dependent on weather. Affected work will continue until weather makes it impractical to continue. It is not anticipated that significant progress will allow additional lanes along the east frontage road or the new west frontage connector bridge to open this year.

The letting date for the last contract is undetermined at this time. The contract will complete PCC pavement and shoulder along with necessary earthwork on the east frontage road adjacent to Exxon Mobil’s property. The start of this work is dependent on the relocation of a gas pipeline. This contract will complete the Arsenal project.
 

UPDATE—April 2012

Staging on Interstate 55 shifts traffic and closes the shoulders of northbound and southbound to provide a work zone for the construction of the auxiliary lanes, new ramps and the center pier of the new interchange ramp. Two lanes will remain open in each direction. Occasional night time closures should be anticipated for construction activities. IDOT will continue drainage work, construction of retaining walls, roadbed preparation, paving , lighting and bridge work.

Opening of the new SB I-55 entrance ramp and staging the West Frontage Road in a 1-lane, 1-way southbound configuration between Arsenal Road and the newly-constructed SB I-55 entrance ramp is targeted for Friday, April 27, 2012. Northbound traffic will be detoured, using southbound I-55 to the North River Road Interchange as the signed turn-around. We anticipate the detour will be in-place until reconstruction of the West Frontage Road is complete in mid-July, 2012.

In early summer 2012 we anticipate opening of the new northbound exit and entrance ramps to be opened. We still anticipate completion of the new ramps and opening the roadways in Fall of 2012. Non-essential work not affecting the openings will continue into 2013.

UPDATESeptember, 2011

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) continues to work toward a target completion date of Fall 2012. Center piers for the two new bridges that carry traffic over Interstate 55 are scheduled to be constructed this fall. Staging of traffic on Interstate 55 will be installed the week of September 19, 2011, weather permitting. Later this month we anticipate staging of the east Frontage Road just south of existing Arsenal Road to allow grading operation for the extension of Arsenal Road to begin. The road will remain open to traffic during construction except for occasional flagging of traffic to safely move equipment and materials into the work zone. A new section of the east Frontage Road adjacent to the new interchange is expected to be completed in early October 2011.

Staging on Interstate 55 will shift traffic up to 8 feet to the right and close the shoulders on northbound and southbound to provide a work zone for the construction of bridge piers. Two lanes will remain open in each direction. Occasional night time closures should be anticipated for construction activities.

IDOT will continue rock excavation, mass grading, drainage work, construction of retaining walls, roadbed preparation and paving this Fall as weather conditions allow.

The new interchange ramps and bridge structures over Interstate 55 are scheduled to be completed in September 2012.


WORK ZONE SAFETY

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IDOT CONSTRUCTION ZONES

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