Illinois Tollway, Illinois DOT holding town hall meeting for Tri-State Tollway (I-294)/I-57 interchange project
The first phase of the I-294/I-57 Interchange Project will create access from northbound I-57 to northbound I-294 and southbound I-294 to southbound I-57, including a new interchange at 147th Street. These improvements are scheduled to be completed in 2014, delivering 75 percent of the project’s benefits to the traveling public.
This year, the Illinois Tollway is rebuilding and widening the I-294 bridges over 147th Street to accommodate construction of a northbound entrance ramp to I-294 from I-57 and a southbound exit ramp from I-294 to 147th Street, as well as the reconstruction and widening of 147th Street.
The Tollway’s work also includes the realignment of a portion of Dixie Creek. Realignment of the creek is necessary as it currently runs through the pathway of the future interchange ramp that will take drivers from northbound I-57 to northbound I-294. Dixie Creek work will not impact Tollway traffic.
In addition to the Tollway’s work, this year, IDOT will complete the $35 million rebuilding of the existing northbound and southbound I-57 bridge structures over I-294 and the $7 million replacement and widening the Kedzie Avenue Bridge over I-57. The state’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital investment in 2010 helped rebuild and widen the I-57 overpass at I-294, a critical first step toward building a full interchange at the site.
The new, all-electronic I-294/57 Interchange will accommodate 76,000 vehicles per day and provide direct freight access to Chicago’s south suburbs – saving drivers $4 million annually in fuel consumption. The full interchange is expected to be completed in 2024.
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