Brace for it -- beams going up on Route 390 equal traffic
Drivers on I-290 and the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway/Route 390 should brace for choppy traffic soon in the Elk Grove Village area as the Illinois tollway begins installing beams for a new bridge.
The flyover bridge will connect eastbound I-290 with eastbound Route 390. The tollway is extending Route 390 east to O'Hare International Airport.
Next week, the tollway will be shifting traffic to the right in both directions of I-290 temporarily to create a work zone. As a result, drivers should expect the following:
• Starting at 7 p.m. Monday, June 6, one eastbound lane on I-290 between Biesterfield and Irving Park roads will close with two other lanes to follow later that night. The ramp from Biesterfield to the eastbound I-290 will close at midnight. Lanes reopen by 5 a.m. Tuesday, June 7.
• At 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, one westbound lane on I-290 between Irving Park Road and Biesterfield Road will close with two other lanes to follow later that night. Lanes will reopen at 5 a.m. Wednesday, June 8.
Another significant move involves the full closure of the eastbound I-290 in the construction zone between midnight and 5 a.m. June 12, 13 and 14.
Beam work will run from June 6 through June 14 with intermittent lane closures and traffic shifts.
The agency and U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration are still investigating a beam removal accident on the Jane Addams Tollway at Touhy Avenue that killed a construction worker April 5.
For more information, go to www.illinoistollway.com/homepage.