Section of River Street to Close Until 2019

Beginning, Monday, Nov. 6, there will be lane closures and alternate traffic patterns on River Street between Prairie Street and North Avenue as an environmental cleanup project for Nicor Gas and ComEd begins a new phase.

Drivers will be directed to follow the detour using Prairie, Lake, and Gale streets.

The intersection of Prairie and River, and the intersection of North Avenue and River, will remain open initially. However, later in the project the intersection of North Avenue and River Street will be closed.

In addition, the following alternate traffic patterns will be in place:

  • Left turns onto River Street from westbound North Avenue are restricted. Drivers will only be able to turn right on northbound River.¬†Drivers will need to follow the detour taking River Street to Gale to Lake to Prairie back to River to go south on River Street.
  • Left turns onto River Street from eastbound Prairie are restricted. Drivers will only be able to turn right on southbound River Street.¬† Drivers will need to follow the detour taking Lake to Gale to River to go northbound on River Street.

During the initial phase of work, trucks will use the same posted detour as cars.  A separate truck detour will be posted in later phases of the project, when the intersection of North Avenue and River Street is closed.

The project is expected to be completed in 18 months, conditions permitting.

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