Avoid Prospect Avenue Construction That’s Scheduled to Finish in November
You know those electronic signs that are set up along Interstate 74 near Prospect Avenue with messages about pending road repairs? Yeah, well … They aren’t lying.
The Illinois Department of Transportation on Friday made it clear again that motorists should be aware that Monday, June 3, is the day roadwork will begin on the Prospect bridge that spans I-74.
Lane closures on Prospect will begin Thursday, June 13. One lane of traffic in each direction and one turn lane will be open at all times during construction, which is expected to last until November.
The good news: It is scheduled to be finished before December, which is an impossible time to navigate north Prospect in anything resembling a timely manner. The bad news: North Prospect at any time of year is no picnic.
So here’s a Chambanamoms pro tip: If you are approaching Prospect from the east, take the Neil Street exit instead and head to Town Center Boulevard. If you’re approach Prospect from the west or north, take the Olympian Drive exit off I-74 and come in “the backdoor,” so to speak. It figures to be much quicker. And if you’re approaching Prospect from due south, well, take your pick of either one. But like IDOT, we’d strongly recommend that you avoid the Prospect bridge area.
The project will involve making repairs to the bridge and replacing the deck. Temporary signals will be installed on Prospect, and the lane closures (including on I-74) will be during daytime and nighttime.