Multiple ramps on Chicago’s Jane Byrne Interchange will reopen on Saturday morning, a move that is expected to bring relief to many drivers.
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, the following ramps will open by 8 a.m.: the ramp from the inbound Dan Ryan Expressway to inbound Ida B. Wells Drive, as well as the second lane of the inbound Dan Ryan “flyover” ramp to the outbound Eisenhower Expressway and the Morgan Street exit ramp.
In order for the ramps to reopen, closures are expected from midnight until 8 a.m. on Saturday. During that time, drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, an IDOT news release stated.
Additionally, outbound Ida B. Wells Drive will close, weather permitting, from 11 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9, to 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The inbound Kennedy-to-outbound Eisenhower ramp will also be closed during the same period.
Despite the progress, the overall project isn’t slated to be finished until 2022.
Starting in the spring of 2020, additional closures will be put in place while construction crews work on the ramps connecting the Kennedy, Dan Ryan and Eisenhower expressways as well as Ida B. Wells Drive.
Mainline improvements to the Kennedy and Ryan expressways will also start in the spring and continue into 2020. The changes include replacing many of the densely-spaced ramps between Van Buren and Lake Streets with safer, more efficient ramps and collector-distributor roads, according to IDOT.