If you think I-80’s a nightmare now, just wait until they start doing all this Illinois Department of Transportation Multi-Year Improvement Program work on it. Once the state rolls up its sleeves and gets down to it some time in the next five years, we’ll all be yearning for the good old days of 2019.
The state has $1.2 billion worth of work planned from New Lenox all the way to Minooka. And with that much money on hand, the project will undoubtedly go on for years and years, tying up traffic on I-80 the entire time.
Even worse than the looming traffic jams during the construction project is the certainty of congestion once it’s finished, since, as it stands now, the prospect of dying seems to be keeping the roadway relatively clear.
Much of this deep-seated fear is rooted in the idea that crossing the Des Plaines River bridge carries about the same risk as jumping the Snake River Canyon. Which is somewhat understandable, when you take into account how Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers bought billboards on either side of the span declaring, “Bridge ahead in critical condition,” and, “Cross bridge at your own risk.”