Overnight Dan Ryan drivers face delays due to bridge construction
BY ROSALIND ROSSI Transportation Reporter October 19, 2013 1:22AM
Updated: November 20, 2013 6:16AM
Overnight drivers on the Dan Ryan are in for some headaches due to construction of a bridge that should help reduce delays on the Metra Rock Island line.
Construction of the $140 million “Englewood Flyover” railroad bridge through Nov. 7 will reduce overnight traffic to as little as one lane in one direction and even halt it completely for short periods of time.
From very early Saturday through Oct. 25, overnight outbound Ryan traffic will be affected.
From 12:01 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday, local outbound Ryan lanes will be closed and the express lane will be reduced to one outbound lane from about 59th Street to after the construction site at 65th Street, said Metra spokesman Michael Gills. Plus, outbound ramps will be closed from 43rd to 63rd streets.
During that overnight period, the single outbound lane will be completely shutdown a handful of times for anywhere from several minutes to up to 20 minutes, Gillis said.
Similar overnight shutdowns will continue Sunday through Oct. 25, from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.
Inbound and other traffic will be impacted Oct. 26 through Nov. 7.
A Metra contractor is “going to be installing some huge steel beams, 10-feet tall, with multiple cranes” during the Englewood Flyover work, said Illinois Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jae Miller.
“It’s a pretty big deal. There’s no other way for them to do this without taking these measures.’’
The Englewood flyover bridge will allow the separation of the Metra Rock Island tracks from the tracks used by Amtrak and freight trains. The end result should reduce delays and improve air quality, Metra officials say.
Those traveling into the city from the north also will face major construction this weekend due to concrete patching on the inbound Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.