CHICAGO — Traffic congestion on the Jane Byrne Interchange could be eased this weekend when a long-awaited ramp connecting the circle to the outbound Eisenhower Expy. is opened.
The new flyover ramp connecting the inbound Dan Ryan Expy. to the outbound Eisenhower will open Sunday, weather permitting, said the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Though only one of two lanes on the newly constructed ramp will open this weekend, the opening will have an immediate impact on traffic flow and efficiency, IDOT said.
The second lane wont open until summer 2018, IDOT said.
Traffic is routinely backed up on the inbound Dan Ryan as cars jockey to get onto the previous one-lane ramp. Around 400,000 cars pass through the Byrne Interchange daily, according to the state transportation agency.
The new ramp has been under construction for two years, IDOT said.
To facilitate the ramp opening, IDOT will close:
• The ramp from the inbound Kennedy Expy. to the outbound Eisenhower beginning 8 p.m. Friday and reopening at 5 a.m. Monday.
• The outbound Congress Parkway will be reduced to one lane between Canal Street and Morgan Street from 11 p.m. Friday to 2 p.m. Sunday.
• The inbound Dan Ryan's right lane will close between 26th Street and Harrison Street from 9 p.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Sunday.
IDOT is also opening other ramps and lanes near the Byrne Interchange this weekend:
Ramps connecting the Stevenson Expy. to the inbound Dan Ryan will be restored to two lanes, and all lanes on the inbound Dan Ryan will reopen. IDOT will also reopen the Roosevelt Road ramp to the outbound Eisenhower.
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