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TRAFFIC ALERTS

May 17, 2024

Overnight lane closures on I-80 at River Road

5/22/24 UPDATE: Due to the high winds, overnight work last night was cancelled. Below is the updated schedule to install the steel support beams, weather permitting.

 

MAY 22 and MAY 23 - EASTBOUND I-80

8 PM - Eastbound I-80 reduced to one lane approaching River Rd

1 AM - 5 AM - Full stops for up to 15 minutes at a time will take place each night

 

MAY 28

EASTBOUND I-80

8 PM - Eastbound I-80 reduced to one lane

1 AM - 5 AM - Full stops for up to 15 minutes at a time

 

WESTBOUND I-80

9 PM - Westbound I-80 reduced to one lane

1 AM - 6 AM - Full stops for up to 15 minutes at a time

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May 17, 2024

Overnight lane closures on I-80 at River Road

 

As part of ongoing efforts to replace the bridge carrying River Road over I-80, in Shorewood, overnight lane closures, accompanied by 15-minute full expressway traffic stops, are scheduled to take next week, weather permitting. The closures are necessary to install steel support beams for the new bridge.

May 21 and May 22 - Eastbound I-80
8 PM - Eastbound I-80 reduced to one lane approaching River Rd
1 AM - 5 AM - Full stops for up to 15 minutes at a time will take place each night

May 23
Eastbound I-80
8 PM - Eastbound I-80 reduced to one lane
1 AM - 5 AM - Full stops for up to 15 minutes at a time 

Westbound I-80
9 PM - Westbound I-80 reduced to one lane
1 AM - 6 AM - Full stops for up to 15 minutes at a time

Plan ahead, expect delays, and watch for flaggers! #I80WillTraffic #i80will

Overnight lane closures on I-80 at River Road begin May 8

UPDATE: 5/9/24

Eastbound bridge inspections (weather permitting)

May 10, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

May 11, 6 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

 

Westbound bridge inspections (weather permitting)

May 13-17, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Overnight lane closures on I-80 at River Road begin May 8 

UPDATE: 5/7/24

Eastbound bridge inspections (weather permitting)

May 8-9, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

May 11, 6 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

 

Westbound bridge inspections (weather permitting)

May 13-17

May 3, 2024

Overnight lane closures on I-80 at River Road begin May 8

Ongoing work to replace the bridge carrying River Road over I-80, in Shorewood, will require closures on I-80 over four nights beginning, weather permitting, Wednesday, May 8. The closures are necessary to install steel support beams for the new bridge over the interstate. 

 

Wednesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 9 

Eastbound I-80 

  • 8 p.m. – eastbound I-80 reduced to one lane approaching River Road 

  • 1 a.m.- 5 a.m. – full traffic stops for up to 15 minutes at a time 

  • 5 a.m. – all lanes reopened 

 

Monday, May 13 and Tuesday, May 14 

Eastbound I-80 

  • 8 p.m. – eastbound I-80 reduced to one lane approaching River Road 

  • 1 a.m. - 5 a.m. – full traffic stops for up to 15 minutes at a time 

  • 5 a.m. – all lanes reopened 

 

Westbound I-80 

  • 9 p.m. – westbound I-80 reduced to one lane approaching River Road 

  • 1 a.m. - 5 a.m. – full traffic stops for up to 15 minutes at a time 

  • 6 a.m. – all lanes reopened 

May 3, 2024

Inspections on I-80 bridges over Des Plaines River begin May 6

Routine bridge inspections of I-80 bridges over the Des Plaines River, in Joliet, begin next week, weather permitting. 

To complete the inspections, daily lane closures will be required, starting with the westbound bridge until May 10, when inspections begin on the eastbound bridge. Inspections on both bridges are expected to be complete by May 17, weather permitting. 

 

To minimize the impact to traffic, the closures will take place between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and Saturdays, if necessary. 

March 29, 2024

I-80 mainline construction, new traffic patterns begin April 1

Beginning Monday, April 1, weather permitting, I-80 mainline work will begin. The new phase will rebuild and widen nearly 12 miles, as part of the overall $1.3 billion reconstruction of the interstate through Will County, a project made possible by Gov. JB Pritzker’s historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program.

 

The work zone will be established, weather permitting, over the next three weeks:

 

Week of April 1 

  • As weather permits, overnight lane closures will take place in both directions of I-80, between Rowell Avenue and Gougar Road, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

 

Week of April 8

  • Overnight lane closures will take place in both directions of I-80, between Rowell Avenue and Gougar Road, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists can expect changing lane patterns and closed shoulders each morning as the work zone is established. 

  • Crews will also begin shifting westbound I-80 between River and Ridge roads onto the temporary pavement. To accommodate the work, overnight lane closures will take place on westbound I-80, between River and Ridge roads, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. 

 

Week of April 15

  • Eastbound I-80 will be shifted over to the westbound lanes and traffic will be separated with concrete barriers between Ridge and River roads. To accommodate the work, overnight lane closures will take place in both directions of I-80, between River and Ridge roads, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Later this spring, similar closures will be necessary to extend the work zone from River Road to Wheeler Avenue, ultimately placing under construction 12 of the 16 miles of the corridor that will be redone. 

 

Two lanes in each direction of I-80 will continue to remain during the project, but the public should anticipate narrowed lanes and closed shoulders throughout the entire 12-mile work zone.

 

Expect delays and allow extra time for trips. Be prepared for slow and stopped traffic. To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes and off-peak trips should be considered. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.

March 28, 2024

I-80 mainline construction, new traffic patterns begin April 1

Beginning Monday, April 1, weather permitting, I-80 mainline work will begin. The new phase will rebuild and widen nearly 12 miles, as part of the overall $1.3 billion reconstruction of the interstate through Will County, a project made possible by Gov. JB Pritzker’s historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program.

 

The work zone will be established, weather permitting, over the next three weeks:

 

Week of April 1 

  • As weather permits, overnight lane closures will take place in both directions of I-80, between Rowell Avenue and Gougar Road, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

 

Week of April 8

  • Overnight lane closures will take place in both directions of I-80, between Rowell Avenue and Gougar Road, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists can expect changing lane patterns and closed shoulders each morning as the work zone is established. 

  • Crews will also begin shifting westbound I-80 between River and Ridge roads onto the temporary pavement. To accommodate the work, overnight lane closures will take place on westbound I-80, between River and Ridge roads, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. 

 

Week of April 15

  • Eastbound I-80 will be shifted over to the westbound lanes and traffic will be separated with concrete barriers between Ridge and River roads. To accommodate the work, overnight lane closures will take place in both directions of I-80, between River and Ridge roads, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Later this spring, similar closures will be necessary to extend the work zone from River Road to Wheeler Avenue, ultimately placing under construction 12 of the 16 miles of the corridor that will be redone. 

 

Two lanes in each direction of I-80 will continue to remain during the project, but the public should anticipate narrowed lanes and closed shoulders throughout the entire 12-mile work zone.

 

Expect delays and allow extra time for trips. Be prepared for slow and stopped traffic. To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes and off-peak trips should be considered. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.

December 11, 2023

River Road bridge over I-80 closed through Fall 2024

The River Road bridge over I-80 closed on Monday, December 11. The $6.3 million project will replace the existing bridge with a new wider structure. The project is anticipated to be completed in fall 2024.

 

A posted detour will direct motorists to Mound (215th Street), County Line and Shepley roads. Motorists should also expect occasional overnight lane closures on I-80 at the bridge during this time. View detour map.

June 9, 2023

Briggs Street over I-80 bridge work begins June 19

Beginning Monday, June 19, weather permitting, construction will begin on the bridge carrying Briggs Street over I-80 in Joliet. The project is part of advance work leading to the $1.2 billion reconstruction of I-80 through Will County.

Briggs Street will remain one lane in each direction, with lane widths reduced to 11 feet and no shoulders over the bridge. Motorists should also expect shoulder and occasional overnight lane closures on I-80 at the bridge during that time. 

The project, which involves replacing the existing bridge with a new structure to accommodate the widening of I-80, is anticipated to be completed in late 2024.

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