|For Immediate Release||Contact: Steve Kulm|
|March 4, 2002||847/705-4079|
Interchange Reconstruction Project at I-55 / I-294
Will Have Major Traffic Impact
SCHAUMBURG- A year long reconstruction project beginning this month will
eventually bring congestion relief to motorists who use the interchange between
the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294).
"Rebuilding the interchange of I-55 at I-294 is one of our top priorities
for 2002," said Dirk Fuqua, IDOT’s Engineer of Project Implementation in the
Chicago area. "However, construction activities will likely have a major impact
The $12.7 million project will begin March 15, weather permitting. It is
scheduled for completion by October 31.
Overall, the project will improve access to and from both interstate
highways, reduce traffic congestion, and increase safety. Planned improvements
include replacing and widening two bridges and reconstructing and realigning
An existing two-lane bridge over Joliet Road forces traffic from both
northbound and southbound I-55 to merge into the same lane as it approaches the
northbound I-294 toll plaza.
Likewise, traffic leaving the southbound I-294 toll plaza must merge into the
same lane to exit at Joliet Road or northbound I-55. The new interchange design
increases the number of lanes on this bridge from two to four to provide a
separate lane of each of these ramps.
Beginning March 15, work will begin on the reconstruction of the ramp
from southbound I-294 to southbound I-55. This ramp will remain open during
construction with traffic shifted to one side. Later this year, other ramps will
be fully closed and marked with detour routes.
No work will occur on the mainline lanes of the Stevenson as part of this
project. However, occasional overnight lane closures will be used to accommodate
the bridge replacement activities.
This project is funded by Governor George H. Ryan’s Illinois FIRST
program. A joint venture between Harry W. Kuhn, Inc. of West Chicago and Lorig
Construction Company of Des Plaines will perform the work.