Kennedy Expressway construction begins June 13

Steve Travia pointing to Ohio Street Bridge
Steve Travia, Acting Engineer of Operations for Illinois Department of Transportation points out the decaying Ohio Street bridge that will be demolished. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

Construction on the 55-year-old Ohio Street bridge will begin June 13 and subsequently the five lane highway will only have two lanes open. According to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“Drivers heading to one of many June weekend festivals and events in and around downtown Chicago may want to avoid the Kennedy Expressway.

Beginning June 13, crews will begin a massive undertaking that will send drivers on alternate routes — squeezing the usual five lanes of traffic into just two — over three key weekends as crews demolish and replace the 55-year-old Ohio Street Bridge, north of the Loop.

The construction coincides with some popular annual weekend Chicago events such as Gospel Music Fest, Blues Fest and the Taste of Randolph Street festival.

“We’re going to be recommending alternatives. I mean, use I-290, I-55. We’re also telling people to use I-294 and I-355, depending on where you’re coming from. If you’re just looking to go from Indiana to Wisconsin, [take] I-80 to I-39,” Tony Quigley, IDOT project implementation engineer said.

The goal is to do the work on the weekend, rather than during the busy workweek. For that reason, bridge and related work on those three weekends will begin at 10 p.m. each Friday and wrap up by 5 a.m. the following Monday — in time for the morning rush.”

[Read the full article at the Chicago Sun-Times]

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