Next phase of Byrne improvements begins March 27 with closure of Jackson Boulevard over Kennedy

Progress continues this year with several ramp, mainline Kennedy, Ryan improvements

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the next major phase of the Jane Byrne Interchange project will begin with the upcoming closure of the Jackson Boulevard bridge over the Kennedy Expressway (Interstate 90/94). The bridge project marks the first of several traffic impacts this construction season that will result in safer, smoother travel through the interchange.

“This coming year will see significant progress with the reconstruction of the Jane Byrne Interchange, and we look forward to the many improvements to come,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “We appreciate the public’s continued patience. We ask that they drop their devices, be on the alert for changes in traffic patterns and give their undivided attention going through this and all other work zones.”

To remove the existing bridge over the expressway, Jackson Boulevard between Halsted Street and Des Plaines Avenue will close Friday, March 27, to all traffic, weather permitting.

A detour will direct vehicular traffic east on Jackson Boulevard, south on Halsted Street, east on Van Buren Street and north on Jefferson Street to reconnect with Jackson Boulevard.

Pedestrians should use the Van Buren Street bridge as an alternate route. Bicyclists will be detoured south on Halsted Street, east on Harrison Street and north on Clinton Street to reconnect with Jackson Boulevard.

The Jackson Boulevard entrance ramp to the outbound Kennedy also will close, with a detour directing traffic north on Halsted Street to enter the expressway via Madison Street. The inbound Kennedy exit ramp to Jackson Boulevard will close as well, with motorists directed to exit at Monroe Street and access Jackson Boulevard via Des Plaines Avenue.