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Near-Term Improvements

Where are We Now?

The I-80 project also included a Phase I Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Studies project and Phase II design plans for near-term improvements. The scope of these near-term improvements was developed based on the project’s bridge inspections and traffic and crash analyses. The near-term study focused on specific existing corridor conditions that needed correction, rehabilitation, or reconstruction before the long-term project can be funded for construction. Near-term conditions included operational and safety deficiencies, pavement deficiencies, and structure rehabilitation/reconstruction needs that are present due to effects of use, time and weather.

The recommended Build Alternative was processed as a Categorical Exclusion Group II by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and received Design Approval on December 21, 2015.

What are the Interim Improvements?

  • Routine inspections of I-80 over Des Plaines River
  • Repairs to I-80 over Des Plaines River let in March 2019
  • Milled rumble strips
  • Eastbound pavement reconstruction and bridge repairs and replacements from IL 53/US 52/Chicago Street to Rowell Road (pending land acquisition)
  • US 30 interchange improvements underway
  • Overhead message boards
  • Patching west of the Des Plaines River