For the next couple of years, driving on the Kennedy Expressway in Illinois is going to be a massive hassle.

Aren't The Illinois Highways Always Under Construction?

At one point in my life, I was convinced that Illinois changed its official state flag to a road construction sign because it seems like the highways are always under construction. These aren't little projects. They usually last for years. Remember when I-90 from the Wisconsin border to O'Hare Airport was torn apart? That was a huge headache trying to get in and out of Chicago. Get ready because highway work in Chicago is starting again.

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Illinois' Kennedy Expressway Construction Project

It's already hard enough to get into the Windy City without construction. This is going to be difficult to deal with. I enjoy going to Chicago for events and activities so I'm definitely not looking forward to it.

The project will last three years.


The project totaling $150 million will repair 36 bridge decks, add new signage, patch pavement, upgrade lighting, and so much more.


Avoiding I-90 Construction In Illinois

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Tips For Avoiding The Illinois Kennedy Expressway Construction Traffic

Anyone that regularly drives in and out of Chicago is always looking for tips and tricks to avoid the big traffic jams. Adding this massive construction project is going to make any information even more important. Here are some ways to steer clear of the gridlock.

  • GPS App: Many of them will give alternate routes when traffic starts piling up.
  • Do not travel during rush hour or during peak times.
  • Take public transportation.
  • Park and ride.
  • Drive on the other highways or regular city streets.
  • Do some research before your trip.

Unfortunately, you're going to catch some kind of congestion no matter what. Good luck.

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