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Major Projects Highlight Year Four of Rebuild Illinois

CHICAGO, IL — Entering Year Four of Rebuild Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announces that multiple projects in Chicago are underway or planned to begin, highlighting an ongoing commitment made possible by Gov. JB Pritzker’s historic, bipartisan capital program. Three projects represent a total investment of more than $950 million, improving safety and mobility while sustaining and creating good-paying jobs throughout the region.

“With the Rebuild Illinois capital plan, we are restoring and transforming Illinois’ aging infrastructure,” Pritzker said. “Rebuild Illinois is not only about investing in infrastructure but about investing in people and communities as well. In the coming months, IDOT will undertake projects that will ultimately create safer roads and bridges and provide jobs in Chicago and across the entire state.”

Projects and traffic impacts include:

  • 95th Street (U.S. 12/20) from the Chicago Skyway to the Dan Ryan Expressway (Interstate 90/94) includes resurfacing and new ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps. Daily lane closures are needed to complete the work. The project began this spring and is anticipated to be completed late fall.
  • Jane Byrne Interstate includes reconstructing and resurfacing both directions of the Dan Ryan and Kennedy expressways (Interstate 90/94). Split lanes, narrow lanes, and overnight lane closures are required. The inbound Kennedy ramps to Adams Street and Jackson Boulevard are closed through late December for ongoing bridge reconstruction. Adams Street and Jackson Boulevard are closed between Halsted Street and Des Plaines Street. The entrance ramps from Adams Street and Jackson Boulevard to the outbound Kennedy are closed. Both bridges are anticipated to reopen in late December. The overall Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction is anticipated to be substantially complete by the end of this year.
  • Harlem Avenue (Illinois 43) from North Avenue (Illinois 64) to 26th Street includes pavement resurfacing, installing new ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps and replacing deteriorated curbs, along with deck repairs to the bridge carrying Harlem Avenue over the Eisenhower Expressway (Interstate 290). Daytime lane closures are needed to complete construction. This project is anticipated to be completed late fall.

Passed in 2019, Rebuild Illinois is investing $33.2 billion into the state’s aging transportation system, creating jobs and promoting economic growth. Rebuild Illinois is not only the largest capital program in state history but also the first one that touches all modes of Illinois transportation: roads and bridges, transit, waterways, freight and passenger rail, aviation, and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

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