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Intersection Improvements at Illinois 53 and Strip Mine Road, Part of High-Speed Rail Program

A press release from the Illinois Department of Transportation
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that closures will take place near the intersection of Illinois 53 and Strip Mine Road, in Wilmington, for an intersection improvement project, beginning, weather permitting, Friday, March 31. The improvements are part of the Chicago-to-St. Louis high-speed rail program.
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Bridge Deck Repairs on SB I-55 over BNSF Railroad Tracks in Will County

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that the right lane is closed on southbound Interstate 55 over the BNSF Railroad tracks, three miles south of Arsenal Road, in unincorporated Will County, for bridge deck repairs, Tuesday, March 28.

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Dwight Passenger Rail Station Complete

Press Release from IDOT

DWIGHT – Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn was joined today by Amtrak and village officials to announce the completion of the new passenger rail station in downtown Dwight, the first of several station improvements overseen by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) as part of the high-speed rail project.

The new station will open with Amtrak service beginning on Friday, Oct. 28.

“The new Dwight station is a prime example of how we can work together to invest in communities, provide people with options on how they wish to travel and improve the quality of life for themselves and their families,” Secretary Blankenhorn said. “We appreciate your patience while we worked with the village to deliver these improvements in one of our state’s great communities.”

The 1,500-square-foot building features a peaked roof, glass façade and modern facilities and amenities for passengers on Amtrak’s Lincoln Service. Features include connections to bicycle and pedestrian paths, free Wi-Fi and parking for both vehicles and bikes. The new station is one block south of the old station, which was built by the Chicago and Alton Railroad in 1891. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the old station will continue to house the Dwight Historical Society and the Dwight Economic Alliance.

“The completion of this bright, new, all-weather station in Dwight is another major milestone in the work by all the partners to further improve Amtrak service on this corridor,” said Mike Franke, Amtrak Senior Director of State Government Contracts. “As we put more of these improvements in place in the months ahead, we are confident customer counts will continue to increase and we will see these investments pay off in higher ridership.”

Funding for the $3.26 million station is part of federal grant administered by IDOT to introduce passenger rail service at speeds up to 110 mph on the Union Pacific Railroad corridor between Chicago and St. Louis. New stations also are being built in Pontiac, Normal, Carlinville and Alton. The stations in Lincoln and Springfield will be upgraded. For more information, please visit idothsr.org

Safety Improvement Project on Illinois 113 between Comet Drive and the Kankakee County Line

News release from IDOT

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that daily lane closures will take place on Illinois 113 from Comet Drive to the Kankakee County Line, in Braidwood, beginning, weather permitting, Monday, September
19. The closures are necessary for a safety improvement project on Illinois 113.

In order to complete the work, daily, intermittent lane closures will take place on Illinois 113 between Comet Drive and the Kankakee County Line. Flaggers will direct traffic through the work zone during daytime hours.
The scope of the project includes guardrail replacement, shoulder repair and installation of rumple strips. The overall project is expected to be completed in Spring 2017.
Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment.

Click here to
find details on other construction projects in IDOT’s District 1. Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at
 www.travelmidwest.com.

Play Ball! Transit Options to Wrigley and the Cell

It’s baseball season again, and fans are itching to get back to the ballparks (preferably in warm weather).

The Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field

U.S. Cellular Field is located at 333 West 35th Street in the Bridgeport neighborhood.

Driving to the “Cell” is fairly simple, as you are able to just take the Dan Ryan Expressway to the 35th Street exit, which virtually exits into the parking lot.

According to the White Sox website, parking lots will close 30 minutes after each game and tailgating is not permitted after games.

The cost for individual parking is $20 Monday through Saturday, and $10 on Family Sundays. You can actually purchase parking in advance at this site.

Sox Park

Public Transportation:

35th Metra/Rock Island Metra Stop
Get off the train at Metra’s 35th Street “Lou” Jones Station and walk to the park.

CTA Buses and Trains
U.S. Cellular Field is easily accessed via public transportation, and is located off the following “el” train lines:

The Red Line stops at 35th street above the Dan Ryan Expressway, and is less than a half of a block from the ballpark.

The Green Line stops at 35th/Bronzeville/IIT, and is less than a half of a mile away from the park. It is less than a 10-minute walk, or fans can utilize the #35 – 35th Street bus to access the ballpark.

35th street metra station

The Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field is located at 1060 West Addison Street on Chicago’s north side in the Lakeview neighborhood.

Wrigley Field is undergoing quite a few rennovations at this time, so public transportation is highly encouraged. In addition, parking is incredibly scarce in the area, and there is absolutely no street parking in the neighborhood surrounding the field. Cars will be ticketed and/or towed. It’s cheaper just to carry $40 in your pocket to pay a private lot somewhere in the area than to pay for a ticket or tow  if you choose to drive.

Traveling by car, you have a few options. If you are coming from the Kennedy Expressway:

Exit at the Addison Street exit. Turn east on Addison and proceed three miles to Wrigley Field.

OR exit at Irving Park Rd and travel east to Clark Street. Turn right (south) and Wrigley is a few blocks ahead.

via http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/ballpark/transportation/index.jsp?content=driving

The best driving option though is the shuttle bus program that allows parking off Irving Park Road a couple of miles west of the ballpark.

On night and weekend games the Cubs will provide free parking and shuttle services from 3900 North Rockwell located just east of the Chicago river immediately south of Irving Park Road.

Services begin approximately 2.5 hours before first pitch and drop off at Wrigley Field.

Returning buses board post-game at the drop-off location – East side of Clark Street north of Addison – and will run for approximately one hour after game end.

Cubs Rockwell Parking.png

If taking Lake Shore Drive, there is no exit at Addison. Traffic must exit at either Belmont or Irving Park Road for the closest access to the ballpark. However, both of these exits and local streets are very narrow and will take extra time to travel by.

Public Transportation:

The Red Line has direct service and a stop at Addison just a half of a block from Wrigley Field.

The Yellow Line operates two hours later (until midnight) from Howard into Skokie on game nights.

The Purple Line Express will make a stop at Sheridan station on weekday night games, rather than running express from Howard to Belmont.

Wrigley Red line.png

After the game, customers traveling northbound on the rail system can use the Sheridan station to board northbound trains instead of the Addison station. Customers traveling southbound are asked to use the Addison station.

Several CTA bus routes also provide convenient service to Wrigley Field including:

  • #8 Halsted
  • #22 Clark
  • #152 Addison
  • #80 Irving Park

For more information on either of the parks, visit the following links:

Chicago White Sox and U.S. Cellular Field Information

Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field Information

Route 102 Reconstruction

News Release from the Illinois Department of Transportation

IDOT announced that IL Route 102 approximately 6.5 miles northwest of Bourbonnais will be closed beginning March 1st.

The closure is to allow for removal and reconstruction of the bridge carrying IL 102 over Rock Creek. A $2,120,403.89 contract has been awarded to D Construction, Inc. of Coal City, IL for this work.

IL 102 will be closed to thru traffic beginning at Warner Bridge Road (County Highway 20) extending east to US Route 45/52. The posted detour will utilize US Route 45/52, IL Route 17, IL Route 113, and Warner Bridge Road.

The project is located in the middle of Kankakee River State Park. The main entrance to the park can be accessed from the east, from Bourbonnais, but other western access points to the park may be entered from the west.

Completion of the work and reopening of IL Route 102 is anticipated for September, 2016