Overnight closures on I-80 at River Road

The Illinois Department of Transportation, as part of ongoing efforts to replace the bridge carrying River Road over Interstate 80, in Shorewood,  overnight lane closures, accompanied by 15-minute full expressway traffic stops, are scheduled  to take place over four consecutive nights beginning, weather permitting, Monday, Feb. 26. The  closures are necessary to safely remove the existing bridge structure over the interstate. 

To complete the work, motorists should expect various overnight lane closures in both directions  of I-80 near River Road. The closures are scheduled to take place on eastbound I-80 from 8 p.m.  to 5 a.m. Monday and Tuesday and westbound from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, with full stops for no longer than 15 minutes at a time starting at 1 a.m. each night. The work is  anticipated to be completed by 6 a.m. Friday, March 1.  

The $6.3 million project, which involves replacing the existing bridge with a new structure to  accommodate the widening of I-80, is anticipated to be completed in November. 

Motorists should continue to expect lane shifts, overnight lane closures and significant delays  and to 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. 

The overall I-80 project will redesign and rebuild 16 miles from Ridge Road, in Minooka, to  U.S. 30, in Joliet and New Lenox, while adding or extending auxiliary lanes to improve safety  and reduce congestion. Interchanges will be rebuilt or improved at Interstate 55, Illinois 7,  Center Street, Chicago Street, Richards Street and Briggs Street, with a new flyover ramp linking  southbound I-55 to eastbound I-80 to improve traffic flow and safety. More than 30 bridges will  be rehabilitated or replaced, including those over the Des Plaines River. The projected $1.3  billion project is anticipated to be substantially complete by the end of 2028, with landscaping,  bridge demolition and miscellaneous work extending into 2029.