Illinois Department of Transportation officials said the work on the ramps of the Interstate 74-Interstate 57 interchange has been extended.
Crews were originally scheduled to finish applying a high friction surface treatment to the ramps this week in an effort to reduce the number of accidents. But I-DOT Construction Field Engineer Mike Carnahan said the work will now extend into next week and possibly the week after that. Carnahan said the rain the area received on Monday along with other construction-related factors slowed the project down.
As a result, the ramps will continue to be closed one at a time until further notice. So be on the lookout for construction signs and detour routes. However, no ramps will be closed this weekend.
The high friction surface treatment is intended to provide a better grip on the ramps for vehicles and semis.