Dan Ryan 55th Street Ramps Open Friday

CHICAGO, Aug 10. /PRNewswire/ — The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that the 55th Street (Garfield Boulevard) entrance and exit ramps on the southbound Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) are scheduled to open this Friday. After the 55th Street ramps open, most nearby ramps on the southbound Dan Ryan will be permanently closed. The new 55th Street ramps feature custom designed retaining walls, and are longer to allow a safer entrance to or exit from the expressway.

IDOT is announcing the following schedule of openings, closings and lane reductions to take place Friday, August 12 (weather permitting):

— Wells Street will be reduced to one lane from 51st Street to 63rd
Street, with no parking along the frontage road. Traffic on Wells
Street from 53rd Street to 57th Street will be staged to the left
lane, on new pavement.
— Immediately following the opening of the 55th Street entrance and exit
ramps, the following ramps will permanently close on the southbound
Dan Ryan:
* 51st Street entrance and exit ramps
* 59th Street exit ramp
— Pending the opening of the southbound 55th Street entrance ramp, there
will be a full closure of the 59th entrance ramp to the southbound Dan
Ryan. This closure will remain in effect until late October.
— On Monday, August 15, two Dan Ryan frontage roads will reopen to
traffic. Wells Street will open from 63rd to 65th Streets and
Lafayette Avenue will open from Perry Avenue to 67th Street.

This work is part of the $600 million Dan Ryan Expressway reconstruction project. IDOT is in the midst of a four-year reconstruction project on the Dan Ryan from 31st Street to 95th Street. The improved Dan Ryan will include an additional lane in each direction, a reconfigured Skyway interchange and upgrades to the local access roads that run parallel to the expressway. The project goals include improving safety for motorists, reducing commuting time on the city’s busiest expressway and creating jobs.

For the most updated information visit www.danryanexpressway.com, or call 1-877-411-IDOT.

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