The rebuilding of one of the nation’s most congested interchanges won’t be finished in 2019 as expected. Instead, the $600 million project to revamp Chicago’s Spaghetti Bowl will not end until 2022, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The project began in 2014 to rebuild the Jane Byrne Interchange, formerly known as the Circle Interchange, which is traveled by 400,000 vehicles a day. The interchange in the heart of the city is the confluence site of Dan Ryan, Kennedy and Eisenhower expressways (Interstates 90, 94 and 290).
The Illinois Department of Transportation told the Tribune delays are due to the complexity of the project, including dealing with three interstates and trying to keep traffic flowing in the highly congested area.
The project is the largest capital project in the state’s history. When completed, it is expected to cut traffic delays in half, according to IDOT.
Since work began, the following sections of the project have been completed:
- A northwest flyover ramp connecting northbound I-90/94 to westbound Eisenhower Expressway (I-290)
- Reconstruction of the Morgan Street Bridge
- Reconstruction of the Harrison Street and Halstead Street bridges
- Replacement of the Taylor Street Bridge over I-90/94
These sections have not yet been completed:
- Reconstruction of eastbound I-290, including the rehabilitation of the Congress Parkway viaduct
- Reconstruction of the Monroe Street Bridge over I-90/I-94
- Reconstruction of the northeast ramp between I90/94 North and eastbound Congress Parkway
- Reconstruction of the Congress Parkway/I-290 section
- Reconstruction of the Van Buren Street Bridge over I-90/94