Renovations coming to ramps on I-57/74 interchange
Champaign -- It's one of the most traveled roadways in the state and one of the most dangerous. There have been around 300 accidents, including three deaths, on the Interstate 57 and Interstate 74 interchange, but starting Tuesday, the highway just west of Champaign is getting some improvements.
If you're one of the thousands of drivers that uses one of the ramps connecting I-74 and I-57, expect a detour some time during the next few weeks, as work begins on a project that will ultimately make for a bumpier, but safer, ride.
Starting Tuesday, I-DOT crews will prep each ramp in the interchange for a re-surfacing treatment that will come this fall. Workers will close one ramp each day during the last two weeks in May and the first week in June to patch up the roadways.
In September, crews will return to re-surface the ramps using a relatively new technology that binds rocks into the road to give vehicles better traction as they enter and exit the cloverleaf junction.
"Obviously we have had a number of semi-trucks that have tipped over on those ramps in recent years and they are going to increase the friction of the roadway so that the tires grip the road better," said Jeff Blue, Champaign County Highway Department's chief engineer.
This project does not replace the push to completely re-design the interchange, but a total overhaul of the cloverleaf is expected to cost more than $100 million, while the total cost of the re-surfacing treatment is $1.2 million.
Full list of closures:
5/20 - Ramp DA (I-74 WB to I-57 SB) will be closed. It should reopen late on the same day. 5/21 - Ramp CA (I-74 EB to I-57 SB) will be closed. It should reopen late on the same day. 5/22 - Ramp DB (I-74 WB to I-57 NB) will be closed. It should reopen late on the same day. 5/27 - Ramp BD (I-57 SB to I-74 EB) will be closed. It should reopen late on the same day. 5/28 - Ramp BC (I-57 SB to I-74 WB) will be closed. It should reopen late on the same day. 5/29 - Ramp AD (I-57 NB to I-74 EB) will be closed. It should reopen late on the same day. 6/2 - Ramp AC (I-57 NB to I-74 WB) will be closed. It should reopen late on the same day. 6/4 - Ramp CB (I-74 EB to I-57 NB) will be closed. It should reopen late on the same day.
To safely accommodate this work, a marked route detour will be used, utilizing the remaining ramps, Interstate 57 and the Market Street (exit 240) and Curtis Road (exit 232) interchanges.
Due to weather and other delays, this schedule may change.