Next round of expressway closures begin Friday night for Byrne Circle work
CHICAGO (STMW) - The third of four planned weekends of lane closures surrounding the Jane Byrne Circle Interchange will start Friday evening as crews continue work on a flyover bridge connecting the inbound Dan Ryan and outbound Eisenhower expressways.
Inbound Congress Parkway (I-290) will close at the Byrne Interchange at 10 p.m. Friday, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Traffic will be able to access the I-90/94 exit ramps.
A detour will reroute traffic to the outbound Ryan’s Roosevelt exit and along the 18th Street interchange to connect with Congress.
All lanes on Congress are expected to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, according to IDOT.
The outbound Eisenhower will also close at the Byrne Interchange at 10 p.m., IDOT said. The I-90/94 exit ramps will remain accessible.
A detour will reroute traffic along Wells, Harrison, Jefferson, Van Buren and Ashland to connect with the Eisenhower. Lower Wacker Drive will follow the same detour.
The Kennedy and Dan Ryan expressways (I-90/94) will be reduced to a single lane in each direction between Ohio and Harrison at 8 p.m. Saturday, according to IDOT. All lanes will be closed for 15-minute intervals from 10 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday, at which point all lanes will be reopened.
Drivers can expect significant delays downtown during the closures.
The CTA will operate longer trains on the Red, Blue, Brown, Green and Pink lines over the weekend to accommodate increased ridership because of the closures, the transit agency said.
While the Brown Line will be operating with longer trains, service will be rerouted underground onto Red Line subway tracks through the Loop over the weekend as part of the Congoing Ravenswood Connector Rehabilitation Project.
The final weekend of closures for the Byrne Interchange project is scheduled for Oct. 16-18.