'Carmageddon' on Kennedy Expressway to begin soon - FOX 32 News Chicago

'Carmageddon' on Kennedy Expressway to begin soon

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

‘Carmageddon’ is coming in just four days, when construction begins on the Kennedy Expressway, and word is out among drivers already to stay away.

It's the demolition project of a 50-year-old bridge, but it will inconvenience motorists for the next three weekends in June.

IDOT announced details of the Kennedy Expressway closures during a news conference Tuesday morning. Drivers on the Kennedy to the north, the Eisenhower (290) to the West, and the Dan Ryan to the South should prepare for nightmare situations.

The first phase kicks off on Friday with the closure of eastbound I-90/94 and the eastbound reversible lanes. The eastbound Kennedy will be closed from Chicago to Grand and the westbound side will be reduced to one lane. If you are heading eastbound, you'll feel the squeeze at Diversey Avenue when only two lanes will be open.

Doug Whitley, President of Illinois Chamber of Commerce, said people need to see the big picture and the importance of Illinois staying competitive in the delivery of goods and service industry.

"It's only three weekends in June and that's a relatively minor inconvenience in the big scheme of things," said Whitley.

He remembers when motorists complained about the Dan Ryan re-surfacing project after it was riddled with pot-holes. He firmly believes that when it's all done, Chicago will like the improvements.

Whitley suggests people avoid the headache by planning alternate routes.

The office of Emergency Management says it will deploy traffic control aides for each of the three weekends of construction to help move the diverted traffic through the downtown area.

CTA says it will increase its rail and bus service. They are encouraging people to use the Park and Rides along the Blue Line.

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