CHICAGO (CBS) — For the second weekend in a row, motorists were being advised to avoid the Kennedy Expressway near downtown, as crews complete demolition of the Ohio/Ontario bridge.
The outbound Kennedy will be reduced to two lanes from Grand to Ogden, and the Ohio feeder ramp will be closed, as demolition of a 55-year-old overpass is finished.
Lane closures will begin at 10 p.m. Friday, and are scheduled to open by 5 a.m. Monday. State officials said they can’t stress enough that drivers should avoid the area over the weekend if possible.
At one point in the outbound lanes, drivers will get off the Kennedy entirely, for a detour around the construction site.
“This particular weekend is going to be pretty different than last weekend, in terms of the diversion that we have set up; much more involved, much more complicated. It’s going to pretty much involve a complete U-turn … at the intersection of Ontario and Orleans, and so we are expecting some pretty significant delays,” said IDOT spokeswoman Jae Miller.