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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Steve Kulm
September 4, 2003
Office: (847) 705-4079
TTY: (847) 705-4710


Shoulder Repair on Dan Ryan to Begin September 4,
Night Work is First Advance Contract for Reconstruction Project

SCHAUMBURG, IL -- A $1.5 million shoulder repair project starting on September 4 is the first small step being taken to prepare the Dan Ryan expressway (I-94/I-90) for a massive reconstruction effort over the next few years.

From September 2003 to late 2006, the Illinois Department of Transportation will be rebuilding approximately nine miles of the Dan Ryan from 31st Street to the I-57 / Bishop Ford junction. Advance work will be done in 2003 and 2004. Mainline reconstruction is scheduled for 2005 and 2006. The overall project has an estimated cost of more than $400 million.

On Thursday night, work will begin on the section of the Dan Ryan from 47th Street to 67th Street. The inside shoulder of the local lanes and the outside shoulder of the express lanes will be reconstructed in both directions, temporary barrier median walls will be placed, and crossovers built. This will prepare the shoulders and median to accept heavy traffic volumes in the future when other construction will require their use to move traffic.

To do this work, permanent shoulder closures will be used. Furthermore, nightly lane closures will be needed. From Sunday to Thursday, lane closures can begin at 8:00PM and must re-open to traffic by 6:00AM the next morning. On Fridays, lane closures can occur from 8:00PM to 7:00AM, and on Saturdays from 8:00PM to 12 noon. This project is to be completed by October 31.

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