INFRASTRUCTURE UPDATE: Inbound Dan Ryan lane closure starts Friday

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that a lane closure is scheduled to take place on the inbound Dan Ryan Expressway (Interstate 90/94), weather permitting, starting at 10 p.m. Friday, March 31. 

The closure is necessary to install some of the final electrical items as part of the Jane Byrne Interchange project. To complete the work, the far left lane will be closed on the inbound Ryan, from Cermak Road (22nd Street) to Roosevelt Road, for approximately one week. 

The overall Jane Byrne Interchange improvement project was substantially completed in December, with miscellaneous items remaining that will have temporary or minor traffic impacts. 

The project reconstructed or rehabilitated 19 bridges, including two tri-level flyovers, 21 ramps, 50 retaining walls and over 32 miles of expressway lanes. New collector-distributor road on the outbound Kennedy to separate mainline traffic from downtown exiting traffic. The busiest ramps were widened from one to two lanes and new LED lighting and improved signage was installed throughout the project area. An additional lane of travel was added in each direction to the mainline Kennedy and Dan Ryan and a new storm water retention system was built under the Polk Street accident investigation site. 

Motorists should expect some occasional, temporary lane closures in the coming. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and remain alert for workers and equipment. Painting of the Ida B. Wells Drive bridge and landscaping of the interchange area will start later this spring with minimal traffic impacts.