Westbound I-290

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Progress of Westbound I-290 Donut chart showing percent complete of the current project. Project is 99% complete 99% complete

Construction began in October 2017 to reconstruct Westbound I-290/Ida B. Wells Drive from the Old Post Office to Racine Avenue, the Westbound I-290 bridge over I-90/94, and the Ida B. Wells Drive viaduct. It is anticipated to be completed by Fall 2019.

The project limits extend from east of Canal Street to west of Racine Avenue. Westbound I-290 features include:

  • Full pavement and median barrier wall reconstruction
  • New retaining wall on the north side of I-290
  • Repairs to existing retaining wall along the CTA Blue Line and entrance to the subway tunnel
  • Repairs to Canal Street exit ramp, including the installation of retained backfill to support existing bridge section
  • Drainage, high mast interchange lighting, signaling, landscaping, and pavement marking improvements

During construction, a minimum of two lanes are maintained at all times. Initially, Westbound I-290 traffic was shifted towards the north to construct the insides of the bridges. Traffic was then shifted onto the newly constructed mainline lanes while the outside lanes were constructed. 

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.

The Department appreciates your patience and understanding as we work to improve the multi-modal connections in your community. If you have questions or comments regarding construction activities, please submit via Contact UsSign-up on our email list to receive construction announcements.