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updated: 6/27/2014 7:57 PM

How to navigate the weekend on area roads and transit

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  • Brace for heavy traffic heading into the holiday week, AAA says.

    Brace for heavy traffic heading into the holiday week, AAA says.
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By Molly Mueller

As construction continues on major roads like the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway and others, traffic for the upcoming weekend is likely to be jampacked.

Allow plenty of time if you're driving to the many suburban festivals and concerts this weekend or consider taking public transportation, transit and highway agencies advise.

The Illinois Tollway is continuing its multiyear project of upgrading I-90 with interchanges and bridgework at locations such as the Fox River, Route 25 and Barrington, Roselle and Meacham roads along with Lee Street. Construction on the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway tightens up a portion of I-290, and many other routes are slowed by work zones.

In Illinois, 2.3 million people will be traveling 50 miles or more during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, AAA predicts. Two million of those will be in cars.

Public transportation might help. Through Aug. 29, Metra is extending its Family Fares program to include weekdays instead of only weekends and holidays. The program allows up to three children age 11 and under to ride free with a paying adult.

Metra also offers a $7 pass with unlimited rides on Saturday and Sunday rides, which can be used with the Family Fares program.

In Chicago, the CTA reports many bus lines will be rerouted Sunday for the Chicago Pride Parade. Most CTA trains, however, will run as often as every five minutes throughout the day. See for details.

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