Twenty-seven miles of the 52-year-old roadway will undergo much-needed resurfacing and bridge repairs
"Well it's in terrible shape, last week I blew out a tire over there; the road is bad, very bad!" said Joe Van Pelt, motorist. "They need to, as soon as possible the better!"
The work will be done in two sections - from Barrington Road to the Elgin Toll Plaza and between Genoa Road and U.S. 20 near Rockford. For the next couple weeks crews will be preparing the roadway for a traffic shift, using the shoulders, so they can maintain the same number of lanes during construction. At various times during the project ramps will need to be closed. The roadwork is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.
A couple of interstates will also be under construction this year, starting with the resurfacing of the Stevenson.
"I actually just got a flat on the Stevenson at, like 6:00 in the morning coming down here and it wasn't very nice!" Brandy Beurink, motorist, said.
The work will begin later this spring, from Kedzie to County Line Road. Work will be done at night to lessen the impact on rush hour traffic.
There are two projects on I-80 this year: resurfacing from the Grundy County Line to U.S. 30 and building additional lanes from U.S. 30 to U.S. 45.
Monday is the first day of the 2011 National Work Zone Awareness Week.
The Chicago event is to highlight motorists and worker safety in construction work zones, as well as to explain the dangers.