Traffic Troubleshooter: When will IDOT's phase 2 of the Kennedy Expressway construction start?

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Thursday, February 29, 2024
When will phase two of Kennedy construction start?
ABC7 Roz Varon has an update in this week's Traffic Troubleshooter.

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The first phase of the massive multi-year construction project on the Kennedy Expressway opened in December.

Phase two the $150 million project will focus on the express lanes.

But, when will phase two start?

Illinois Department of Transportation officials were anticipating the construction to begin mid-March, weather permitting.

"With this unusually mild weather, things are moving faster than originally planned," Illinois Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Maria Castaneda said. "There are still a lot of moving parts. We don't have the specific yet, but details will arrive very soon."

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Although it's not a specific answer, we are anticipating an announcement sometime in the next two weeks.

There are a total of three phases to the plan. Phase two is expected to end by fall 2024.

The plan is to complete the entire project by 2025.

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