I-80 lane closures in Joliet expected to cause major delays this weekend

Traffic backed up on Oct. 9 on I-80 when lanes were closed after a hole developed in a bridge over Rowell Avenue in Joliet.

Lane closures will be in effect this weekend on westbound Interstate 80 beginning Friday, weather permitting, through Joliet, creating major travel delays, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Starting at 8 p.m. Friday, westbound I-80 will be reduced from two lanes to one between Briggs and Richards streets. The ramps and eastbound I-80 will not be affected, according to IDOT.

The closure is necessary to accommodate the placement of a new deck on the bridge over Rowell Avenue/Canadian National Railroad. All lanes are expected to reopen by noon Sunday, according to a news release sent Tuesday from IDOT.

Westbound I-80 motorists traveling through the region should consider alternate routes to avoid the area, but local streets are unable to accommodate heavy or wide trucks, so other interstate routes are encouraged, according to IDOT.

Westbound I-80 ramps to and from Richards Street are closed for construction and are expected to reopen in late 2025. Motorists should follow the posted detours.

For information, visit I80will.org. The website features project information, photos and the ability to submit questions and comments to the project team via a “Contact” link. Find traffic and road conditions at gettingaroundillinois.com.