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South Chicagoland Road Work

The month of May is scheduled to bring major road construction to both sides of the county line in South Chicagoland.

In Crete, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is hoping to start construction in mid-May, to replace the Deer Creek bridge on North Main Street.

“The earliest we would start would be May 12th,” IDOT Engineer Erica DeYoung said on Wednesday.

Just a few blocks North, from Ashland and Steger Road, to the Indiana State Line, should also see an overhaul in the coming weeks.

“I’ve reached out many times to the Cook County Highway Department about the poor conditions of Steger Rd, and it appears they are going to work on it soon, possibly starting May 2nd,” Crete Mayor Michael Einhorn said Monday.

Main Street in Crete, also known as Route 1, is a state highway, with IDOT in change of all maintenance, scheduling and redirection of traffic during construction.

“IDOT told us that due to the confluence of the two roads, it wouldn’t be possible to keep any lanes open on Main Street,” Mayor Einhorn said.

Motorists are encouraged to avoid going east around the construction zones.

“Our detour takes people from Exchange to Western to Steger and vice versa,” Ms. DeYoung said.

Mr. Einhorn also added that he and the Village of Crete are very grateful for the upcoming road work.

“I’m very thankful to the State of Illinois, IDOT, and thank you to Cook County Highway Department.”

Main Street to Close for Bridge Replacement

For travelers on Main Street in Crete, the familiar sound of tires hitting the rough edge on Deer Creek bridge will soon be a thing of the past.

“Deer Creek bridge was built back in the 1920’s. It’s in pretty bad shape and it’s scheduled to be replaced this spring,” Crete Mayor Michael Einhorn said.

Courtesy of IDOT – that’s the Illinois Department of Transportation – the 1.3-million-dollar project is scheduled to take place between April and August of this year.

“The new bridge will be of a little bit different design. Two barrels they call it, as opposed to one open space like this one,” the mayor said.

Complicating the project – the presence of gas lines and a water main, communications and power cables, and a split intersection where Main St. meets Union Ave and Chicago Rd.

“When you got two different roads, having a confluence, setting up signals for both of those – we tried to do that and IDOT just pretty much said, it just can’t happen that way,” Mayor Einhorn said.

IDOT signage will direct travelers to Western or 394 as preferred detours, and IDOT promises that Main Street will not be closed for more than 90 days. An inconvenience, for sure, but not a bad trade in exchange for 1.3-million-dollars’ worth of road improvements.

“I’m very thankful that the State of Illinois, IDOT, decided to repair, remove and replace it,” Mr. Einhorn added.