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Bridge work to shut northbound Tri-State from I-88 to I-90 at midnight Saturday

GRAPHIC: Illinois Tollway map northbound Tri-State detour

GRAPHIC: Illinois Tollway map of northbound Tri-State detour

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Updated: June 6, 2013 8:32PM

Access to O’Hare Airport from the northbound Tri-State Tollway will be limited­­ — and even completely shut down at some points — from Saturday night into Sunday because of emergency bridge work.

All northbound lanes of the Interstate 294 between Interstate 88 and Interstate 90 will be closed from midnight Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday, Illinois Tollway officials said Thursday.

In addition, some northbound and southbound lanes will be closed from 7 p.m. Saturday until noon Sunday.

The shutdowns are necessary to repair damage caused when a tow truck hit the Balmoral Avenue Bridge at full speed on Monday, officials said.

Although the bridge is structurally stable, it was impacted to the point that “it needs to be removed and replaced,’’ Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur said in a news release.

During the closures, workmen will be removing a damaged beam. Later this summer, they will install a newly fabricated one, prompting another round of closures, Tollway officials said.

The Tri-State has five lanes in both directions at the bridge. According to Tollway spokeswoman Wendy Abrams, this is how those lanes will be affected:

◆ At 7 p.m. Saturday, two lanes in both directions will close.

◆ At midnight Saturday, all northbound lanes will close and the two southbound lanes will continue to be closed.

◆ At 8 a.m. Sunday, closures will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

◆ At noon Sunday, all lanes should be reopened.

Because of the bridge work, travelers trying to access O’Hare Airport from the south overnight will not be able to use northbound I-294. Signs will detour drivers onto west 290 and then eastbound on I-90 — a route that will swing motorists way west and north of the airport before heading back to O’Hare and northbound I-294.

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