Madison Street ramp closes, ramp to Ida B. Wells, westbound I-290 and Taylor Street moves

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that as part of the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction, the ramp from Madison Street to southbound I-90/94 will close starting, weather permitting, at 10 p.m. Saturday, Sep.18.

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The closure is necessary to build new pavement as part of construction on the mainline lanes of the expressway and will remain in place through the end of 2022.

A detour will direct eastbound Madison Street traffic to Halsted and Lake streets to access southbound I-90/94 via the Lake Street ramp. Westbound motorists will connect to southbound I-90/94 via Jefferson and Randolph streets.

Additionally, to prepare for the next stage of mainline construction, overnight lane closures along southbound I-90/94 between Chicago Avenue and Polk Street are scheduled over three consecutive nights, starting at 10 p.m., weather permitting, Thursday, Sep. 16. to Sunday, Sep. 19. At least one inbound lane will remain open at all times. All lanes will fully reopen by 5 a.m. Friday, 6 a.m. Saturday and by 9 a.m. Sunday when the new traffic pattern will be in place.

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In the new configuration there will continue to be five southbound lanes. The right lane stays as an exit lane to Monroe Street. The exit to Ida B. Wells Drive/westbound I-290 and Taylor Street moves approximately a quarter mile north of its current location (from just south of Adams Street to just north of Madison Street). The left three southbound through lanes will shift slightly and then continue in their current configuration.

Motorists should expect significant delays and 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 reconstruction project at the Jane Byrne Interchange will improve safety and traffic flow for the more than 400,000 motorists who use it each day, while also enhancing mobility for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users in the surrounding neighborhoods.

The improved Jane Byrne Interchange will be substantially completed by late 2022.