The Illinois Dept. of Transportation (IDOT) announced that 2006 mainline construction on the Kingery Expressway Reconstruction Project will start March 4. The first project of the year will widen and improve the Bishop Ford Expressway (I-94) and Illinois Route 394 from 159th St. (U.S. Rte. 6) in South Holland to just south of Thornton-Lansing Rd. near Lansing.

In early March, IDOT warned that drivers can expect to see one lane closed in each direction on I-94 and Rte. 394 until paving is completed.

Also this month, IDOT will open a new exit ramp to Torrence Ave. from the eastbound Kingery Expressway and a new entrance ramp from Torrence Ave. to the westbound Kingery Expressway. When this occurs, existing temporary ramps at those locations will close. Permanent signals on Torrence Ave. at 176th Pl. will be turned on and the temporary signals on 175th and 177th streets will be removed.

The work is part of the $430-million Kingery Expressway reconstruction project that began in 2003 and will continue through 2007. The completed project will include an additional traffic lane, high-mast tower lighting, retaining and sound walls to reduce expressway noise in surrounding residential areas and reconfigured interchanges at Torrence Ave. and at the Bishop Ford Expressway/Illinois Rt. 394 junction.