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The rules are very simple: See orange. Slow down. Save lives.
Lane closures, changes in traffic patterns, reductions in the speed limit and the presence of workers and equipment create an environment that demands drivers refrain from behavior that could create a distraction. The rules are very simple: See orange. Slow down. Save lives. 

 

June 30, 2021: Madison Street ramp reopens, Washington Boulevard ramp closes at the Jane Byrne Interchange

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that the reconstructed ramp from northbound I-90/94 to Madison Street will reopen, weather permitting, by 5 a.m. Wednesday, July 7.

The new ramp will improve traffic flow and help reduce delays for the more than 3,800 vehicles that use it daily.

Starting at 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, the ramp from northbound I-90/94 to Washington Boulevard will close. The closure is necessary to rebuild the ramp, with an anticipated reopening by the end of the year.

A detour will direct motorists to the Lake Street exit, east on Lake Street and south on Des Plaines Street to Washington Boulevard.   

View detour map.

Motorists should expect significant delays and allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limit and be on the alert for workers and equipment.

The overall reconstruction project at the Jane Byrne Interchange will improve safety and traffic flow for the more than 400,000 motorists who use it each day, while also enhancing mobility for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users in the surrounding neighborhoods.  

The improved Jane Byrne Interchange will be complete in 2022.

 

June 17, 2021: Roosevelt Road ramp and Ruble Street closures at Jane Byrne

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that as part of ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction, Ruble Street from Roosevelt Road to Taylor Street will close for approximately three weeks, weather permitting, starting at 10 p.m. Sunday, June 20.

A detour will direct Ruble Street traffic to Jefferson Street to connect to the Taylor Street entrance ramp to access northbound I-90/94.

The entrance ramp from Roosevelt Road to the westbound I-290 and to eastbound Ida B. Wells Drive will also be closed. A detour will direct traffic to Roosevelt Road and Ashland Avenue to connect to westbound I-290 via the Ashland Avenue ramp. Motorists will connect to eastbound Ida B. Wells via Roosevelt Road and State Street.

The closures are necessary for the construction of structural foundations and electrical work for two high mast light towers that will be installed at a future date.

Motorists should expect significant delays and allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limit and be on the alert for workers and equipment.

 

May 24, 2021: Southbound I-90/94 lane changes at Jane Byrne

Lanes split just before Jackson Boulevard, exits remain the same

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that as part of the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction, lane changes and shifts on the inbound Kennedy Expressway (Interstate 90/94), just before Jackson Boulevard, will begin, weather permitting, Friday, May 28.

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Overnight lane closures will be required to facilitate the stage change. On both Wednesday, May 26 and Thursday, May 27, inbound Kennedy closures will start at 10 p.m., with occasional full stops for no longer than 15 minutes at a time beginning at 1 a.m. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. each morning.   

By 5 a.m. Friday, the stage change will be in place. In the new configuration, there will continue to be five inbound lanes and exits remain the same. The right lane stays as an exit lane to Monroe Street. The exit to Ida B. Wells Drive/outbound Eisenhower Expressway (Interstate 290) and Taylor Street remains the same. The three inbound through lanes approaching Jackson Boulevard will split. The left two inbound lanes will continue in their current configuration, while the third inbound lane will shift over to new pavement and will merge back into traffic near Polk Street, just south of Harrison Street.

The new configuration will allow southbound center lanes to be built between Jackson Boulevard and Polk Street as part of construction on the mainline lanes of the Kennedy and Dan Ryan and will remain in place through mid-August. 

Motorists should expect significant delays and allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment.

The overall reconstruction project at the Jane Byrne Interchange will improve safety and traffic flow for the more than 400,000 motorists who use it each day, while also enhancing mobility for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users in the surrounding neighborhoods.

 

April 5, 2021: Temporary closure of 18th Street ramp at the Jane Byrne Interchange

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that as part of the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction, the ramp from 18th Street to I-90/94 will close for approximately six weeks starting, weather permitting, at 5 a.m. Monday, April 12.

The closure is needed to construct an overhead sign structure foundation and is expected to be completed by 5 a.m. Monday, May 25.

A detour will direct traffic west on 18th Street, south on Union Avenue, west on Cermak Road, north on Halsted Street, east on Roosevelt Road, to connect to westbound I-290 via the Ruble Street ramp. Motorists will continue north on Ruble Street to connect to northbound I-90/94 via the Taylor Street ramp.

Motorists should expect significant delays and allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limit and be on the alert for workers and equipment.

The overall reconstruction project at the Jane Byrne Interchange will improve safety and traffic flow for the more than 400,000 motorists who use it each day, while also enhancing mobility for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users in the surrounding neighborhoods.

 

January 15, 2021: Northbound I-90/94 to eastbound Ida B. Wells Drive ramp closure 

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that as part of the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction, the ramp from northbound I-90/94 to eastbound Ida B. Wells Drive will close for approximately one week starting, weather permitting, at 1 a.m. Thursday, January 21.

The closure is necessary to remove a temporary pier column to accommodate construction of a new northbound collector-distributor road. The new design will improve safety, efficiency and reduce conflict points by relocating the left-hand entrance ramps at Jackson and Adams streets, along with separating the exit ramps to Washington Boulevard, Lake, Madison and Randolph streets from mainline traffic.

A detour will direct northbound I-90/94 motorists to use the Roosevelt Road exit ramp to access Ida B. Wells Drive via Roosevelt Road and State Street.

Motorists should expect significant delays and allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limit and be on the alert for workers and equipment.

The overall reconstruction project at the Jane Byrne Interchange will improve safety and traffic flow for the more than 400,000 motorists who use it each day, while also enhancing mobility for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users in the surrounding neighborhoods.

The improved Jane Byrne Interchange will be complete in 2022.

 

 

December 11, 2020: Multiple Ramps Reopen at Jane Byrne Interchange

Major milestone as ramp construction nears completion

CHICAGOThe Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that four reconstructed ramps will open at the Jane Byrne Interchange on, weather permitting, Tuesday, Dec. 15. The completion of the ramps marks a major milestone as all 11 ramps have been completely reconstructed or are currently under construction.

“The ramps opening marks a major milestone in this extensive project,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “One of the largest components, reconstructing the interchange ramps, is nearing completion. As progress continues and focus shifts to the mainline lanes of the Kennedy Expressway (Interstate 90/94) and Dan Ryan, we ask for the public’s continued patience, to stay alert, slow down and give their undivided attention going through this and all other work zones.”

By 5 a.m. Tuesday the following ramps will reopen:

  • Canal Street entrance ramp to outbound Ida B. Wells Drive
  • Inbound Kennedy Expressway (Interstate 90/94) ramp to Taylor Street
  • The exit ramp was relocated to just north of Adams Street and reconfigured to reduce conflict from inbound lanes.
  • Inbound Kennedy ramp to inbound Ida B. Wells
  • The exit ramp was reconfigured to reduce conflict from inbound lanes.
  • Outbound Ida B. Wells ramp to outbound Dan Ryan Expressway (Interstate 90/94)
  • The entrance ramp was reconfigured, and access was moved to the right lane. While ramp construction is completed, a temporary detour will bypass ongoing construction along the outbound Ryan. A signed detour will direct Wells to Ryan ramp traffic to continue to Union Street, through two traffic signals at Taylor Street and Roosevelt Road, to connect to the outbound Ryan via the Roosevelt Road ramp. Motorists should be aware of the change and anticipate some delays the first few days of the configuration.

To prepare for this next stage of the project, lane closures on the inbound Kennedy between Ohio Street and Van Buren Street is scheduled, weather permitting, Monday, Dec. 14, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Dec.15, to install overhead signage and pavement markings. In addition, the inbound Kennedy ramp to the outbound Eisenhower will also be closed Monday from 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday.

 

 

December 9, 2020: Randolph Street Entrance Ramp Weekend Closure

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that as part of the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction, the Randolph Street entrance ramp to southbound I-90/94 will close for 54 hours, weather permitting, Saturday, December 19.

The Randolph Street entrance ramp to southbound I-90/94 will close for 54 hours, starting at 10 p.m. on Friday, December 18, and will reopen no later that 4 a.m. on Monday, December 21.  This ramp closure is necessary for the construction of the foundation for the overhead sign structure. 

The ramp detour will be south on Des Plaines Street to Madison Street, west on Madison Street to Madison Street entrance ramp to southbound I-90/94.

 

 

November 6, 2020: Taylor Street ramp opens, Randolph Street ramp temporary closes at Jane Byrne Interchange

Progress continues with I-90/94 mainline improvements

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that the reconstructed ramp from the inbound Eisenhower Expressway (Interstate 290) to Taylor Street will reopen, weather permitting, by 5 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13.

The new ramp will improve traffic flow and help reduce delays for the more than 11,000 vehicles that use it daily.

The ramp from Randolph Street to the inbound Kennedy Expressway (Interstate 90/94) will be temporarily closed over two consecutive weekends. The closures, necessary for the construction of an overhead sign structure foundation, will take place, weather permitting, 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, to 4 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16, and from 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, to 4 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23.

A detour will direct traffic south on Des Plaines Street and west on Madison Street to connect to the inbound Kennedy via the Madison Street ramp.

Motorists should expect significant delays and allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limit and be on the alert for workers and equipment.

The overall reconstruction project at the Jane Byrne Interchange will improve safety and traffic flow for the more than 400,000 motorists who use it each day, while also enhancing mobility for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users in the surrounding neighborhoods.

For more information, visit www.janebyrneinterchange.org. The mobile-friendly website features a detailed project timeline with an interactive map, photo galleries, a live camera feed of the work zone, and the ability to submit questions and comments to the project team via a “Contact Us” link.

The improved Jane Byrne Interchange will be complete in 2022.

 

November 5, 2020: Adams Street Bridge Timelapse

Recently, the Adams Street bridge was demolished, marking the final cross street bridge to be taken down within the Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction project! The new bridge is scheduled to be fully reconstructed and open to traffic by the end of 2022. Features include:

Reconstructed bridge and entrance and exit ramps

  • Two westbound lanes
  • Wider sidewalks on both sides of the street
  • Relocated I-90/94 entrance ramp to eliminate the left side entrance to the expressway
  • Installation of a noise abatement wall near Old St. Patrick’s Church

 

October 28, 2020 - Randolph Street Entrance Ramp Temporary Closure

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that as part of the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction, the Randolph Street entrance ramp to Southbound I90/94 will close for 54 hours, weather permitting, Saturday, Nov 13th.

The Randolph Street entrance ramp to Southbound I90/94 will close for 54 hours, starting at 10pm on Friday, November 13th and will reopen no later that 4am on Monday, November 16th.  This closure will occur again on November 20th  at 10pm on Friday, and will reopen no later that 4am on Monday, November 23rd .  This ramp closure is necessary for the construction of the foundation for the Overhead Sign Structure. 

The ramp detour will be south on Des Plaines St to Madison Street, west on Madison Street to Madison Street entrance ramp to Southbound I90/94.

 

October 15, 2020 - Pardon the noise: Taking apart strong concrete and steel takes some effort!

DEMOLITION CONTINUES.

There is real progress being made on the JBI, and we know that sometimes you can literally hear it!

Bridge demolition is some of the most impactful noise producing operations during construction, and crews have been working day and night to try and complete the demolition as quickly as possible. The demolition of the Adams Street bridge is anticipated to be completed in two more weeks, with a reduction in noise impacts moving forward.

We appreciate your patience as we move forward on this critical, yet noisy, project, and look forward to celebrating with you when the noise stops, and the improvements take hold.