Work on the Veterans Memorial Tollway, (AKA the North-South Tollway or I-355) may not have gotten as much press as the Ike project but that doesn't mean the headaches are any less severe. Plus, the Ike work is causing some "collateral damage," if you will, on the I-355, especially for those heading north.
Thursday was a perfect example.
Back-ups reached the 9 mile mark for northbound I-355 during Thursday's rush, according to reports. And it may only be getting worse before it gets better. Work is expected to last to the end of the year.
Tollway officials cautioned ahead of time that I-355 northbound commuters will see delays as they head into the section of I-355/I-290 from Army Trail Road to Thorndale Avenue that is part of the Ike project. Traffic on the Ike will be reduced to two lanes throughout construction.
The I-355 Roadway Resurfacing & Bridge Repair Project, as it's being called, started last week between the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) and Army Trail Road and between I-55 and 75th Street. The $50 million project calls for resurfacing the original 20-year-old roadway along an 18 mile corridor in both directions of I-355 between the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) and Army Trail Road. The project also includes repairs to pavement at the Army Trail Toll Plaza and between I-55 and 83rd Street as well as bridge repairs throughout the corridor.
Traffic in both directions was shifted to the right shoulder and two right lanes, creating a work zone to begin concrete pavement repairs and resurfacing work.
Crews will perform concrete patches as needed, and resurface the road with a new, four-inch layer of asphalt in both directions between 83rd and 75th Street and between Ogden Avenue and the Army Trail Road Toll Plaza, including collector-distributor roads, ramps and shoulders.
Be prepared, the Tollway has announced night-time closures. You can check for updates here.
Here's the outlook for tonight and tomorrow:
- One lane in both directions on the collector-distributor road at Butterfield Road will close at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 15, for pavement patching work. The lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Friday, April 16.
- Two southbound lanes between North Avenue and Roosevelt Road will close at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 15, for pavement striping and a traffic shift. The lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Friday, April 16. At that time, traffic will be shifted onto the right shoulder and two right lanes so roadway repair and resurfacing work can begin in the left lane.
- Two northbound lanes between Bruce Road and Spring Creek Toll Plaza will close at midnight on Thursday, April 15, for overhead sign replacement work. The lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Friday, April 16.