Drivers urged to avoid Jane Byrne Interchange

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CHICAGO — Transportation officials are urging drivers to avoid Chicago's Jane Byrne Interchange during the next four weekends.

The interchange is undergoing reconstruction to modernize the 1950s-era structure and relieve the congestion that has made it one of the country's worst highway bottlenecks.

Weekend lane closures are planned starting Friday night.

State police are adding extra patrols.  CTA adding extra rail service this weekend, hoping drivers will take advantage of Public transportation.

Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn stressed that Chicago "remains open for business," but drivers should expect delays and consider taking alternate routes or using public transportation.

The interchange is where the Dan Ryan, Eisenhower and Kennedy expressways and Congress Parkway meet.

The remaining closures and the impacts to traffic:

Aug. 21-23 and Aug. 28-30

  • Inbound Congress Parkway (eastbound I-290) at the Byrne Interchange will close at 10 p.m. both Fridays. Traffic can still access the I-90/94 exit ramps.

A detour will direct traffic to the outbound Dan Ryan’s Roosevelt Road exit, Jefferson Street, Harrison Street and Wells Street to connect with Congress Parkway.

  • Outbound Eisenhower (I-290) at the Byrne Interchange will close by 10 p.m. both Fridays. Traffic can still access the I-90/94 exit ramps.

A detour will direct traffic to Wells Street, Harrison Street, Jefferson Street, Van Buren Street and Ashland Avenue to connect with the Eisenhower. Lower Wacker Drive also will follow this same detour.

  • Both directions of the Kennedy and Dan Ryan (I-90/94) between Ohio Street and 18th Street will be reduced to one lane at 8 p.m. Saturday, with all lanes closed for 15-minute intervals between 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. All lanes on the Kennedy and Dan Ryan will be reopened by 10 a.m. Sunday.

A recommended detour will direct traffic in both directions to the outbound Eisenhower’s Ashland Avenue exit and entrance ramps to access the Kennedy and Dan Ryan again from the inbound Eisenhower

  • All lanes on Congress Parkway will reopen and the previous traffic configuration restored by 5 a.m. Monday.

More information from IDOT here (pdf)