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For Immediate ReleaseContact: Steve Kulm
October 1, 2002847/705-4079 Office
847/705-4710 TTY

Early Completion for Franklin Street Connector at I-55 and I-90/94

SCHAUMBURG, IL — The year-long project to rehabilitate the Franklin Street Connector at the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) and the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) near Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood will come to an end almost four weeks ahead of schedule.

By the evening rush period on October 2, weather permitting, all lane closures on the north- and southbound Franklin Connector from Cermak Road (22nd Street) to the Dan Ryan will be removed. In addition, the northbound I-55 ramp to northbound Franklin and the southbound Franklin ramp to southbound I-55 will re-open to traffic for the first time since January.

By the morning rush period on October 3, the heavily traveled ramp from southbound I-55 to southbound I-90/94 will also re-open for both passenger car and truck traffic.

The $17.9 million project involved the replacement of seven bridges, complete pavement reconstruction of the Franklin Connector from Cermak Road to the Dan Ryan, reconstruction of two ramps between the Stevenson and the Dan Ryan, and improved highway lighting. The scheduled completion date was October 31.

Overnight lane closures may still occur to allow crews to perform miscellaneous clean-up activities.


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