I-80/94 Reconstruction Begins March 5th

Chicago Regional Media Advisory for Feb. 22, 2005

TO: Print, broadcast and online media in the Chicago metro area
and Northwest Indiana.

WHAT: Press conference highlighting roadway reconstruction along I-
80/94 (Kingery Expressway) and adjoining routes including the
Bishop Ford Expressway (I-94) and Illinois Route 394. The
reconstruction schedule, staging, and expected traffic
impacts will be reviewed.

WHO: Illinois Transportation Secretary Tim Martin and I-80/94
Project Engineers

WHEN: 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005

WHERE: Kingery Reconstruction Field Office, 175th Street just east
of Paxton.

Getting there: Exit I-80/94 at Torrence Ave. At end of exit
ramp, turn right (south) and drive less than a block to 176th
Place. Turn right (west), drive about a mile to Paxton. Turn
right (north), drive about a half block to 175th Street. Turn
right (east) again and park in the first parking lot on your
right. Weather permitting, the press conference will be held
on 175th Street with the I-80/94 in the background.
Otherwise, it will be held indoors at the field office.

BACKGROUND: The main route from Indiana into the Chicago metro area, I-
80/94 (Kingery Expressway) carries more than triple the
traffic volume as originally planned. It was designed in the
1950s for about 50,000 vehicles per day.

In the past 50 years, I-80/94 has evolved into a major east-
west route for interstate commerce in what is known as the
Gary-Chicago-Milwaukee (GCM) Corridor. The Kingery is a short
yet vital link in the Southland Corridor.

The reconstruction of mainline I-80/94-from Calumet Ave.
(U.S. 41) in Indiana through I-80/294 (Tri-State Tollway)-is
scheduled to begin March 5th (weather permitting).

By the end of 2007, a multi-agency coordinated effort between
IDOT, Illinois Tollway and the Indiana Department of
Transportation will result in rebuilt roads, new bridges and
an additional lane for traffic all the way from I-65 in
Indiana to 95th Street along the Tri-State Tollway

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