Some area interstate ramps could become safer with new treatment

Within the next week or so, the ramps on the Interstate 57-74 interchange will have a new feel to them after a new material is applied to the ramps as part of an effort to make them safer.

Illinois Department of Transportation crews finished patching work on the ramps on the interchange early last month.

IDOT Construction Field Engineer Mike Carnahan says now the next step in the project is to apply a high friction surface treatment to them to try and reduce the number of accidents on the ramps.  The work is set to begin on Monday.

Carnahan says vehicles, including semis, should have a better grip on the curves of the ramps with this new treatment.

Carnahan adds that he believes this is the first time the high friction surface treatment has been used on a state project in Illinois.

He says it could be used on other projects if it goes well this time, but he says other states have had good results with the material.

Carnahan says speed radar signs are also expected to be installed on Interstate 57 and Interstate 74 ramps as well.

The work will result in the closure of the ramps, one ramp at a time. So be on the lookout for construction signs and message boards with detour information.

The first one slated for closure on Monday will be the Interstate 74 eastbound to Interstate 57 northbound ramp.

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