The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the ongoing reconstruction of the U.S. 30 interchange, in New Lenox, will require traffic to be shifted on Interstate 80 beginning, weather permitting, Monday, June 3.
Traffic will be shifted to the right on the eastbound lanes between Gougar and Francis roads during the overnight hours Monday, weather permitting. The westbound lanes also will be shifted to the right during the overnight hours either Tuesday or Wednesday, weather permitting. One lane will be closed between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. on the nights when the lanes are being shifted.
In the new configuration, which will be in place until this fall, two lanes in each direction will be maintained on I-80 at all times, with access to and from U.S. 30. A 45 mph speed limit will be posted and enforced through the work zone.
This phase of the project will allow for the construction of additional inside travel lanes, shoulders and medians, as well as new storm sewers.
The overall project involves extending a third lane in each direction on I-80 from approximately Interstate 355 through the U.S. 30 interchange. The bridges carrying I-80 over U.S. 30, Metra’s Rock Island District Line and Hickory Creek will be rebuilt. Other components of the project include modernized traffic signals, drainage improvements and the extension of a bicycle and pedestrian path along U.S. 30. An earlier project replaced the Old Plank Road Trail bridge over I-80.
The new interchange is expected to be complete in late 2021.
Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment.