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Highway Interchange Upgrades In Champaign Begin This Week

I-57 and I-74 interchange in Champaign in July 2020.
Construction crews will begin building a new US 150 bridge over I-57 in July 2020. The current bridge was built in 1964.

CHAMPAIGN – Prepare for highway lane closures and a lot more orange construction signs in Champaign.

Starting Wednesday, construction crews will begin rebuilding the 56-year-old U-S 150 bridge over I-57.  It is part of an Illinois capital program that will lead to the reconstruction of the entire I-57 and I-74 interchange.

The Illinois Department of Transportation says construction of the new US 150 bridge will mean lane closures on the old bridge. Drivers can also expect occasional nighttime lane closures along I-57. The new bridge is expected to completed in the summer of 2021. The state government says the project costs $8.4 million.

Road crews will begin rebuilding the Mattis Ave. bridges over I-57 and I-74 in August 2020.

In August, IDOT says construction of new Mattis Avenue bridges over I-57 and I-74 will begin.  The state says both bridges will be built higher and longer to accommodate new ramps.

IDOT says late in summer 2021, road crews will begin reconstructing the entire I-57 and I-74 interchange. Plans call for improved traffic flow and smoothing out some turning movements.

The interchange upgrade is part of Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Rebuild Illinois program. The $33 billion dollar program aims to replace the state’s aging bridges, roadways, railways and more.

The state says 40,000 vehicles pass through the interchange every day.

Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director for the Illinois Newsroom. He started at WILL in October of 2019 after serving as News Director for WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan. Previously, he was a news producer and manager at the NBC station in Dallas, where he won 7 Emmy awards. Born in Vietnam, Reginald is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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