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Traffic shift this week in Justice for tollway bridge work

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Traffic on 88th/Cork Avenue is scheduled to shift this week onto the northbound side of the bridge over the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) as part the Illinois Tollway’s construction of a new interchange in Justice. Traffic is currently reduced to one lane in each direction on the bridge and will remain so after the shift.

On June 16, all traffic is scheduled to shift onto the newly reconstructed northbound side of the bridge to allow for the removal and reconstruction of the southbound side of the bridge. Traffic is scheduled to remain in this configuration through the end of the year.

The lane closures and traffic shifts are necessary to safely accommodate traffic and provide a work zone for bridge reconstruction work. Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to changes in traffic patterns throughout construction. Up-to-date closure information will be posted on the Tollway website in the Daily Construction Alert. All work is weather dependent.

The Illinois Tollway began construction for $39 million 88th/Cork Avenue Interchange Project on I-294 in 2022. The project includes construction of new ramps connecting 88th/Cork Avenue to the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) along with other local roadway improvements to both accommodate for the larger Central Tri-State Project as well as to improve local traffic circulation and provide congestion relief.

The Tollway will construct a new exit ramp from northbound I-294 to 88th/Cork Avenue and a new entrance ramp from 88th/Cork Avenue to southbound I-294. In addition, the Tollway will widen the 88th/Cork Avenue Bridge over I-294 to provide a southbound left turn lane, as well as additional pedestrian and bicycle access, noise walls and drainage and lighting improvements.

The new interchange is designed to be compatible with a new ramp connecting westbound Archer Avenue to northbound I-294, which is being constructed by the Illinois Tollway as part of the $4 billion Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project.

Construction on this project is being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Village of Justice, Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways, as well as local fire and police departments.

Information about the 88th/Cork Avenue Interchange Project including maps and construction updates is available on the Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com in the Projects section.

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