A major phase of the Byrne Interchange overhaul begins Wednesday night with the closing of a ramp between the Kennedy Expressway and Congress Parkway. And then it will get only worse.
Over the next two weekends, Congress will be completely closed under the Old Post Office, and traffic on the Kennedy and Dan Ryan expressways will be reduced to one lane as crews install large steel beams for a flyover ramp from the inbound Dan Ryan to the outbound Eisenhower.
During a weekend at the end of September and another in the middle of October, traffic on the inbound Kennedy and both directions on the Eisenhower will be down to one lane.
It's most likely going to be ugly out there, so be prepared or make alternative routes. The Tribune has some good maps for all the different closings, but we will just post the one for this weekend and the next:
WEEKENDS OF AUG. 21-23 AND AUG. 28-30
- I-290 (Eisenhower): Eastbound (10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday), westbound (5 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday).
- I-90/94 (Ryan and Kennedy): Both directions will be reduced to one lane overnight (8 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday). The southeast ramp will also be closed for the weekend.