Commuters: I-90 overnight lane closures announced

From Illinois Tollway

DOWNERS GROVE – Temporary, overnight lane closures on Mannheim Road and Higgins Road (Illinois Route 72) in Rosemont and Touhy Avenue in Des Plaines are scheduled this week and next as work begins to rebuild the bridge carrying the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) over the local roads. This work is part of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project scheduled to be complete in 2016.

Weather permitting, on Wednesday, April 8, overnight lane closures on Mannheim Road under I-90 are scheduled in both directions, including intermittent full closures of the roadway lasting no longer than 15 minutes each, for removal of bridge beams. Electronic message signs will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to the overnight closures.

On Mannheim Road, overnight lane closures will begin after 7 p.m., closing one lane in both directions under I-90. Temporary, full closures of the roadway are scheduled to begin after 10 p.m., with all lanes reopening by 5 a.m. onThursday, April 9, ahead of the morning rush hour.

In addition, weather permitting, during the week of April 13, overnight lane closures on both Higgins Road and on Touhy Avenue under I-90 are scheduled in both directions, including intermittent full closures of the roadway lasting no longer than 15 minutes each, for removal of bridge beams. Electronic message signs will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to the overnight closures.

On Touhy Avenue, overnight lane closures will begin after 7 p.m., closing one lane in both directions under I-90. Temporary, full closures of the roadway are scheduled to begin after 9 p.m., with all lanes reopening by 5 a.m., ahead of the morning rush hour.

On Higgins Road, overnight lane closures will begin after 7 p.m., closing one lane in both directions under I-90. Temporary, full closures of the roadway are scheduled to begin after 10 p.m., with all lanes reopening by 5 a.m., ahead of the morning rush hour.

Once the beams have been removed, overnight lane closures will continue throughout the week, following the same schedule, to continue work to remove the bridge structure. Daytime lane closures will also be scheduled throughout the week between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for bridge removal. Short-term lane closures and traffic shifts will be scheduled later this spring as bridge construction continues.

The local roadway closures were coordinated with the city of Des Plaines, the village of Rosemont and the Illinois Department of Transportation, along with local police and fire departments. Up to 48,600 vehicles use this section of Touhy Avenue daily, up to 28,000 vehicles use this section of Higgins Road daily and up to 21,500 vehicles use this section of Mannheim Road daily.

In 2015, the Illinois Tollway will begin roadway rebuilding and widening on the second phase of the $2.5 billion I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project between the Elgin Toll Plaza and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294). The eastern segment of I-90 will be rebuilt and a new lane added to provide four lanes in each direction between Randall Road and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294).

The I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project includes reconstruction of I-90 bridges over local roads between Illinois Route 53 and I-294. Mainline bridges with local road impacts include: Golf Road, Arlington Heights Road, Busse Road, Oakton Street, Mount Prospect Road, Wolf Road, Touhy Avenue, Mannheim Road and Higgins Road (Illinois Route 72) in Rosemont. Impacts to local roads will include shoulder closures, as well as traffic shifts and short-term lane reductions.

In addition, work in 2015 includes completion of noisewall and retaining wall construction, utility relocations and drainage improvements. The first phase of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project between I-39 in Rockford and the Elgin Toll Plaza was completed in 2014. Construction on the 25-mile segment of I-90 from the Elgin Toll Plaza to I-294 is scheduled for completion in 2016.

Construction information about the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project is available in the “Projects by Roadway” section in the Construction/Planning section on the Tollway’s website at illinoistollway.com.

Work Zone Safety

A 45 mph work zone speed limit is in effect on Touhy Avenue. Construction zone speed limits are in effect in all construction zones 24/7 and drivers should continue to watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution, especially when workers are present.

Illinois State Police have zero tolerance for drivers speeding in work zones. The minimum penalty for speeding in a work zone is $375. Posted signs advise drivers of a $10,000 fine and a 14-year jail sentence for hitting a roadway worker.

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