I-55 & U.S. Route 6 Construction Updates

This page is dedicated to providing information about the reconstruction of the I-55 & U.S. Route 6 Interchange. This page will contain the latest information and updates, as it becomes available. 

UPDATE: December 6, 2017
Please be advised of the new traffic pattern at U.S. Route 6 East of I-55. There are now cones in the middle of the road separating the lanes and preventing left turns out of all of the businesses on both sides of the road.  The SE Frontage Road is now open as well.  Please drive with caution in this area.

UPDATE: September 27, 2017
The existing SE Frontage Road at Route 6 will be closed beginning Tuesday, Oct 2nd for approximately 4 weeks. There will be a signed detour route before closing the road.

UPDATE: September 21, 2017
Work is progressing on the relocation of the west side off-ramp. Signals will be operational in the near future. The relocation of the east side Frontage road is expected to continue through the summer of 2018.

UPDATE: June 13, 2017
Please be advised as construction continues on US Route 6, several street lights on the west side of I-55 have been taken out of service. This will last most of the summer.

UPDATE: July 28, 2016
Beginning Thursday, July 28th through August 3rd, IDOT will begin milling and overlaying parts of U.S. Route 6 between Canal Street and Bell Road in both directions. Please expect delays and plan for alternative routes.

UPDATE: April 28, 2016
The New NW Frontage Road is proposed to open on May 4, 2016. Please be alert.

UPDATE: November 20, 2015
Planned work activities over the next few weeks include:

  • -Continuation of the pier widenings.
    -Continuation of protective shield installation.
    -Earth excavation for the temporary pavement on the south side of US 6 is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 23rd.
    -Median removal on US 6.
    -Temporary pavement construction.
    -Completion of temporary lighting installation and activation.

UPDATE: August 12, 2015
Reconstruction for the I-55 and U.S. Route 6 Interchange is expected to begin Monday, August 24, 2015.
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UPDATE: May 22, 2015
Public Informational Open House for I-55/IL Rt. 6 Interchange Reconstruction-Phase One

The Village of Channahon will hold a Public Informational Open House from 6-8p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at the Channahon Village Hall, 24555 S. Navajo Drive, to provide information on the first phase of the upcoming reconstruction of the I-55/IL Rt. 6 interchange. Representatives from IDOT will be on-hand to provide information and to answer questions regarding this important improvement within the Village of Channahon. Information will also be posted after this open house on the Village’s website at www.channahon.org.

Questions regarding this open house can be directed to Thomas J. Durkin, Village Administrator at the Village of Channahon. Individuals requiring special accommodations to attend or participate should contact the Village of Channahon Administrative Office prior to the open house at (815) 467-6644.

UPDATE: February 17, 2015
The Village of Channahon welcomes Thorntons – coming soon to the northwest corner of I-55 and US Route 6. The redevelopment agreement for the former Treasure Island Mobile Home Park was passed by the Village Board of Trustees last night. The new development will feature a Thorntons fuel center and 3 outlots for restaurant and hotel development. A crucial piece of the development is the new frontage road, which will be improved and relocated from its existing location to align with the existing southwest frontage road at a new signalized intersection – further away from I-55 to reduce congestion.

Clearing of the site and construction of the frontage road should begin this spring and must be done in conjunction with the I-55 interchange improvements to make room for the new southbound off-ramp. Construction of the I-55/Route 6 interchange is scheduled to begin by IDOT also this spring.
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UPDATE: November 5, 2014
The reconstruction of Interstate 55 and U.S. Route 6 (Eames St.) is slated to begin in spring 2015. The scope of this project includes widening the bridge overpass, relocating 3 frontage roads, updating ramps, and improving many other aspects of modernizing the interchange area. The attached IDOT letter (below) describes the project in its entirty, and Exhibit A shows the entire project location.
IDOT Letter
Exhibit A

The project will be done in 3 separate parts:
Part 1: Overpass Bridge Widening, SW ramp, SE ramp & NE ramp. The overpass bridge will be six (6) lanes wide, accommodating 2 lanes of traffic in each direction, plus turn lanes. Anticipated contract letting: Winter 2014.

Exhibit B

Part 2: Relocation of the frontage roads east of I-55. These will be moved away from the interchange to reduce traffic congestion. Route 6 east of I-55 will be widened and improved. Anticipated contract letting: Summer 2015.
Exhibit C

Part 3: Relocation of the northwest frontage road to meet at a signalized intersection where the southwest frontage road is currently located. Improvements and widening will be made to Route 6 west of I-55 at this time. Anticipated contract letting: Summer 2015.
Exhibit D

UPDATE: April 17, 2013
“This improvement is included in the Department’s FY2014-2019 Proposed Multi-Modal Transportation Improvement Program. Our current engineering efforts are targeted to enable a contract letting in the middle to late years of out current multi-year program, contingent upon plan readiness, land acquisition, and funding availability throughout out future annual legislative appropriations.” -IDOT

Multimedia Presentation from the IDOT Public Hearing, April 17, 2013

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Exhibits from the April 17, 2013 hearing:
Comment Form
Exhibit Boards
Fact Sheet
Roll Plot Exhibit