Coming Soon: New Construction Headache

New project planned for Edens Spur

By Jenel Nels
|  Friday, May 28, 2010  |  Updated 7:10 AM CDT
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It's about to get even more difficult to head into the city.

The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority plans to begin construction on the Edens spur ramp, which will lead to routine traffic delays as the 5-mile stretch of toll road linking the Tri-State Tollway with the Edens Expressway goes from two lanes to one.

The work is part of the Tollway’s $6.3 billion Congestion-Relief Program. Officials say the project includes road repairs, work on bridges and resurfacing.

Add that to the other projects underway and it's easy to see how drivers coming from any direction will be miserable.

Construction crews are in the process of resurfacing 27 miles of the Eisenhower Expressway, rehabbing the Congress Parkway Bridge, beautifying the Congress corridor and demolishing and rebuilding both levels of Wacker Drive from Congress to Randolph Street.

Ugh.

There is some good news, however, for drivers heading southwest.

The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority approved a plan to raise the speed limit on the I-355 extension from 55 mph to 65 mph. The I-355 extension stretches from I-55 to I-80. A legislative rules committee still needs to finalize the plan. 

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