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The Illinois Department of Transportation in partnership with the Illinois Tollway is planning to construct a $600 million improvement involving Interstate 57, Interstate 294 and Illinois Route 83 (147th Street). The improvement will consist of constructing a full interchange with ramps between Interstate 57 and Interstate 294, improvements to 147th Street including a median to accommodate left turn lanes between Kedzie Avenue and Western Avenue/Dixie Highway, and construction of a partial interchange with ramps between Interstate 294 at 147th Street. Interstate 57 at Interstate 294 is one of two locations in the country where two Interstates meet without connecting. The completed Interstate 57/294 Interchange Project will connect these important Interstate highways as well as reduce travel times and congestion on local routes that are being used to facilitate the Interstate to Interstate linkage. It is anticipated the construction project will consist of up to 11 contracts to be implemented over a number of years.
Note: IDOT projects typically have three distinct phases. Phase I (or the project Study) consists of developing the project scope, environmental studies and preliminary design of a project. Phase II (Design) consists of refining the design to develop contract plans and land acquisition. Phase III (Construction) consists of the actual construction of the project.
UPDATE- October, 2014
IDOT expects all lanes of IL Route 83 west of I-57 to be reopened by late November 2014. Work to reconstruct pavement west of I-57 and on Dixie Hwy./Western Ave. should be complete in late Spring 2015.
Contract #2 calls for the staged replacement of the structure at Kedzie Avenue over I-57 with a new, longer structure which will carry Kedzie Avenue over I-57 and future Ramps B and M. The Kedzie approaches will also be reconstructed adjacent to the bridge. Resurfacing will be done from the limits of reconstruction up to the Kedzie Avenue signalized intersections on each side of the bridge. The curb and gutter, concrete median, guardrail and detector loops were replaced throughout the project limits.
Contractor: Lorig Construction Company
Contract #: 60K14
Start date: November, 2011
End date: Open to traffic in November 2012
UPDATE- January 2013 for Contract #2 (60K14)
Construction began on 11/22/2011 and was substantially completed and open to traffic on 11/9/2012. Work remaining includes painting bridge beams. This Contract is estimated to be 100% completed by May 2013.
Contract #3 calls for the Widening & Reconstruction of 147th Street from Kedzie Avenue to Sacramento Avenue and from Mozart Avenue to Dixie Highway/Western Avenue, along with improvements to the Dixie Highway/Western Avenue intersection approach pavements as well as limited work on the SB I-57 Exit Ramp to 147th Street (from gore area), NB I-57 Entrance Ramp from 147th Street (from gore area), and NB I-57 Exit Ramp to 147th street (from gore area). Included in the project will be new main drain storm sewer, roadway lighting, new traffic signals at the 147th Street intersections with Kedzie, Harrison, Cleveland, West I-57 Ramp, East I-57 Ramp and Dixie/Western, sidewalk and driveway repair/replacement, signing, pavement marking and restoration.
Contractor: K-Five Construction Company
Contract #: 60M57
Start date: Spring 2013
End date: October 2014
Interstate 57 at Interstate 294 Interchange Cook County, Illinois
EXISTING: Interstate 57 / 294 Grade Separation with no interchange
FUTURE: INTERSTATE 57 / 294 INTERCHANGE
This site will be updated periodically as the project progresses. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) wishes to thank you for your support and patience.
As the Interstate 57/294 Interchange Project progresses, IDOT will periodically update this website to assure that the motorists of Illinois are kept informed of project developments, public involvement opportunities, and construction related activities.
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Please continue to visit the Interstate 57/294 Interchange Project website for periodic updates throughout the course of the Interstate 57/294 Interchange Project.
The Illinois Department of Transportation looks forward to your continued input and support.