The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that a three-year construction project on the Kennedy Expressway is set to begin next week.
The $150 million project will include repairs to 36 bridges, updating of paint and other technology, and much-needed pavement patching.
The first stage of the project will begin next week, closing two inbound lanes of the Kennedy between the Edens Junction and Ohio Street.
Express lanes will remain inbound to alleviate congestion.
Stage two is expected to begin in 2024, closing the express lanes in both directions, and stage three in 2025 will close two outbound lanes.
The project will cause significant traffic bottlenecks, and the Illinois Department of Transportation is urging commuters to consider remote work, staggering start times, public transportation, and alternate routes.