Construction began in October 2014 to construct a new North-to-West Ramp Flyover. It connects the northbound I-90/94 (Dan Ryan Expressway) to westbound I-290 (Eisenhower Expressway) movement. Construction of the flyover was completed in the Fall of 2016.
The construction contract was awarded to James McHugh Construction Company on August 12, 2014. The scope of the work involved the construction of a new two-lane ramp and bridge that begins just south of Roosevelt Road on northbound I-90/94. The bridge goes over Harrison Street, I-90/94, I-290, and Halsted Street. The flyover ramp ends near Morgan Street on westbound I-290. The length of the improvement is approximately one mile, of which the flyover bridge is approximately 2,000 feet long.
This contract also included removal and replacement of some existing retaining walls, construction of new retaining walls, and construction of noise abatement walls on the north side of the North-to-West Ramp between Halsted Street and Peoria Street, and between Peoria Street and Morgan Street.
Other elements included drainage, interstate lighting, including underpass lighting and high mast interchange lighting, signage, traffic control and protection, landscaping, urban enhancements, and pavement markings.
North-to-South Flyover Ramp features include:
- Two lanes on the ramp to better connecting northbound I-90/94 to westbound I-290
- Will significantly improve operations and reduce congestion
- Will fully open with new westbound I-290
- Built area for future green space along Rice Building, including noise abatement wall
- Rehabilitation and relocation of City of Chicago water main to accommodate retaining wall construction
- Roadway lighting improvements with new light towers