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Posted on: September 21, 2018

Tollway Expansion Construction News! UPDATED 3/14/19

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Temporary, overnight lane closures are scheduled to begin this weekend on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) at the O’Hare Oasis for removal of the bridge beams on the over-the-road pavilion structure.

Bridge beam removal will be scheduled during overnight hours to minimize the impact on traffic. Electronic message signs will be put in place in advance to alert drivers. The temporary closures are necessary to provide a work zone and safely accommodate bridge beam removal.

Weather permitting, on Sunday, March 17, at 8:00 p.m. one southbound lane on I-294 is scheduled to close, followed by closure of a second lane at 10:00 p.m. and a third at midnight. Intermittent, full closures of southbound I-294, each lasting 15 minutes, will be allowed between 12:30 AM and 4 AM for bridge beam removal. All lanes on I-294 are scheduled to reopen by 5:00 a.m. on Monday, March 18. A second night of southbound closures is scheduled for Monday into Tuesday, March 19, to complete removal of beams over the southbound lanes of I-294.

In addition, once southbound bridge beam removal is complete, two nights of closures in the northbound lanes of I-294 are anticipated overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, March 20, and again overnight Wednesday into Thursday, March 21, to complete removal of all the bridge beams. All work is weather dependent.

The O’Hare Oasis fuel stations and convenience stores operated by 7-Eleven remain open to provide services for both northbound and southbound travelers along I-294. During removal of bridge beams, the ramp will be open for fuel station access, except when overnight, full traffic stops are in place.

Construction in this area is being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, Village of Schiller Park, Village of Rosemont and Village of Franklin Park, as well as local fire and police departments.

Removing the O’Hare Oasis will allow a fifth lane to be added in each direction between Balmoral Avenue and Wolf Road in Franklin Park, as part of the Tollway’s Central Tri-State Tollway Project. 

Following removal of the over-the-road pavilion, the O’Hare Oasis parking lots will be restored. The work is scheduled to be complete in 2019.

The $4 billion Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) is being rebuilt from Balmoral Avenue to 95th Street to provide congestion relief, update old infrastructure to meet current and future transportation demand and address regional needs. In 2018, the Illinois Tollway work began to repair, resurface and widen I-294 to five lanes as well as reconstructing barrier walls, medians and shoulders in the northern section of the project between Balmoral Avenue and Wolf Road in Franklin Park.


On I-294, northbound traffic between Irving Park Road and the O’Hare Oasis is scheduled to be reduced to a single lane tonight, March 11, with the first lane closing at 7 p.m. In addition, full roadway closures, each lasting 15 minutes, are scheduled between 12:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m.


Demolition of four (4) Tollway owned homes in Schiller Park is scheduled to begin this week (weather permitting). Please let the Village know at (847) 678-2550 if you have any questions or concerns about this project as the Village would be happy to talk to the Tollway to address any concerns that our residents may have.


The Tollway has let the Village know about work occurring at the O’Hare Oasis:

  • Bridge deck removal will begin tonight (2/21) which will include temporary, off peak lane closures. The Tollway anticipates that this work may generate intermittent noise. It will continue the following week as well, weather permitting.
  • Concurrently, the demolition of the west building is scheduled to begin next week on Wednesday, February 27th which will generate lane closures during the day.


There is an update about the work occurring at the O’Hare Oasis (weather permitting). Windows removal is taking place within the structure and the Tollway anticipates completing window removal this weekend (February 15-17). We do expect work to continue in the evenings and also continue to see temporary, off-peak lane closures. The Tollway will keep the Village up to date on the schedule as more information becomes available. 


Over-the-Road Demolition of the Oasis Structure is expected to begin this evening - Monday, February 11th, weather permitting. Work hours are 8:00 PM to 4:00 AM. Work includes parapet removal and bar joist removal and west side structural demolition. We ask that residents try to be patient while this necessary work is completed. However please let the Village know of any complaints or concerns about this work as we are in contact with the Tollway and can let them know about any issues that are reported.


Roof removal on the over-the-road pavilion structure at the O’Hare Oasis on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) is scheduled to begin this week. The O’Hare Oasis fuel stations and convenience stores operated by 7-Eleven remain open to provide services for both northbound and southbound travelers along I-294. 

Beginning this week, workers are scheduled to begin disassembling the roof and removing sections of it from inside the building. Traffic is shifted to safely accommodate this work. As the roof is removed, workers will also begin the process of removing the windows. The pavilion will be wrapped in a thick mesh curtain wall, which will prevent any debris from landing on the roadway below while the windows are removed inward through the interior of the structure. 

On I-294, temporary overnight closures will be needed for the removal of the pavilion windows. Once removal of the over-the-road portion of the building is complete, work will continue into the spring to take down the remaining portions of the building and the bridge structure. Overnight lane closures, including temporary full closures on I-294, will be scheduled as needed.

Following removal of the over-the-road pavilion, the O’Hare Oasis parking lots will be restored. The work is scheduled to be complete in 2019.

A full press release can be viewed by clicking here.


The Tollway has submitted a memo on soundwalls in the Village for your review. Please click here to view the short memo which contains information about new soundwalls in two locations and replacement soundwalls in other locations. There is a wealth of information about the Central Tri-State Tollway reconstruction project on the Tollway website (including a very detailed sound study and other relevant materials such as construction alerts) - please click here to go to their project website.


The Tollway has let the Village know that they have 15 minute trooper assisted full stops scheduled on SB Irving Park Rd Ramp to Irving Park Plaza 33 for the evening of 12/17. There are 8 full stops scheduled from 12 am to 4 am, and each stop will last 15 minutes. Their contractor will be working on removing the temporary light poles.


There will be temporary lane closures on Irving Park Road on Thursday 12/13 to stripe the pavement. Temporary closures in each direction will last from 9 AM to 3 PM, weather permitting.


Surveyors for the Illinois Tollway will be out on Monday, December 3rd to stake properties within the Village that are impacted by the Central Tri-State project.


The Village would like to provide you with an update on the project on the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) from O’Hare Oasis to Balmoral Avenue, which includes reconstruction of the inside shoulders and center barrier wall.

The Tollway is wrapping up a large portion of the work in this section of I-294, and they are now in winter configuration. You’ll continue to see some barrels and barrier wall in work zones on the shoulder as they start to slow work for the winter, but all lanes are open to traffic, and both Irving Park Road ramps to northbound I-294 are now open.

There will continue to be off-peak temporary lane closures throughout December to continue work, and construction in this area will resume in spring 2019.

All lanes on local Lawrence Avenue will remain open through the holiday. The Tollway anticipates that the barrels will be reinstalled the following week to complete the remaining work on the local road.


There will be lane closures in both directions on Irving Park Road under I-294 for protective shield work. These temporary daytime closures will be in place from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on 11/5 - 11/11, weather permitting.


Traffic in both directions on Irving Park Road is scheduled to be reduced to a single lane from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Sunday, November 4, for bridge work.

The work on I-294 is progressing. Some full stops are anticipated overnight on I-294 from the O’Hare Oasis to the O’Hare Interchange for aerial cable work. Weather and conditions permitting, overnight on 10/31 into 11/1 there will be full, trooper assisted closures scheduled in fifteen minute increments on I-294 in both directions from 1:15 AM to 2:30 AM.\

The three full fifteen-minute closures are scheduled for 1:15 AM, 1:45 AM and 2:15 AM.

I also want to mention the following lane closures will be occurring overnight on 10/31, weather permitting, for aerial cable work:

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM: 1 left lane closed in each direction

10:00 PM - 1:00 AM: 2 left lanes closed in each direction

1:00 AM - 4:00 AM: 3 left lanes closed in each direction

These will be on I-294 from O’Hare Oasis to the O’Hare Interchange (milepost 40.2).


Some overnight lane closures are occurring on I-294 from Irving Park Road to Balmoral Avenue.

On the night of Thursday, October 25th, weather permitting, the following lane closures will be in place:

8:00 PM - 11:00 PM: 1 left lane closed in each direction

11:00 PM - 1:00 AM: 2 left lanes closed in each direction

1:00 AM - 4:00 AM:   3 left lanes closed in each direction

There will also be closures on the ramp from Balmoral Avenue to SB I-294 from 8:00 PM -11:00 PM.

Also scheduled for early morning on 10/26 are trooper assisted full stops occurring this week to provide a safe work zone for aerial cable work:

On I-294, fifteen minute full closures in both directions are scheduled for 1:00 AM and 1:30 AM.

On Balmoral On-Ramp, fifteen minute full closures are scheduled for 2:00 AM, 2:30 AM, 3:00 AM and 3:30 AM.


Work on I-294 is progressing. We would like to let you know of some full stops that are anticipated overnight on local Irving Park Road due to bridge work on the Central Tri-State. Contractors will be working on removing bridge beams, weather and conditions permitting. Local Irving Park Road will have right lane closures in both directions from 10 PM on the night of Tuesday 10/23 into 5 AM on Wednesday 10/24, weather permitting. There will be two trooper assisted full stops where traffic will not be able to get through at 3:00 AM - 3:15 AM and at 3:30 AM - 3:45 AM on that night.


The I-294 (from the Oasis to Balmoral) traffic switch is tentatively scheduled for this week, weather and conditions permitting. For the section north of Irving Park to Balmoral Avenue, the southbound traffic shift is scheduled for the night of September 26, and the northbound traffic shift from Balmoral Avenue to Irving Park is scheduled for the night of September 27. The traffic switch for the section south of Irving Park is tentatively scheduled for the following week.

Please note that this traffic shift will be split into two 2-lane configurations. There will be local lane access in the right two lanes, and express lanes in the left two lanes. The work zone will be closed off by a barrier zone in between the lanes in both directions. Signage will alert motorists to the new traffic pattern.

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