East River Road / Cumberland Flyover Project

The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Chicago Department of Transportation have been collaborating on a project to improve Interstate 190 (I-190) from O’Hare Airport to Cumberland Avenue. The overall improvement involves multiple contracts to be built over several years; some of these contracts have already been let and are nearing if not already complete (including improvements to Mannheim Road and Balmoral Avenue). The Cumberland Flyover was identified as one component of the I-190 improvements. A decision was made to split what was once identified as one construction contract into two separate contracts: East River Road and Cumberland Flyover. The work covered under these two contracts is located in northwestern Cook County, Illinois, in the City of Chicago. The East River Road contract was let September 18, 2015 and will be completed by the end of 2016.  The Cumberland Flyover contract was let September 16, 2016 and is scheduled to be completed by November 2018.

I-190 currently provides the primary roadway access to and from O’Hare Airport, a significant travel demand generator. In addition to serving over 190,000 passengers per day, over 50,000 people are employed at O’Hare Airport. Numerous aviation facilities and other related industries are located in the immediate vicinity of O’Hare Airport. I-190 also serves as a critical link for the regional transportation network through Interstate 90, Interstate 294, and Mannheim Road. I-190 provides key access to economic centers within Rosemont, Schiller Park, Des Plaines and the northwest Chicago metropolitan area. It is estimated that O’Hare Airport generates in excess of 455,000 jobs to the Chicago region and 15-20% of the employment in the immediate surrounding area. In Rosemont, the River Road District (Convention Center, Theater, Outlet Mall and Hotels) and the All State Arena are significant generators of jobs and traffic during events.

Note: IDOT projects typically have three distinct phases. Phase I (or the project Study) consists of developing the project scope, environmental studies and preliminary design of a project. Phase II (Design) consists of refining the design to develop contract plans and land acquisition. Phase III (Construction) consists of the actual construction of the project.

This information is reserved for information regarding the East River Road portion of this project

PROJECT STARTNovember 2015
PROJECT ENDNovember 2016
PROJECT COST$10,052,846
PROJECT MUNICIPALITYCity of Chicago
PROJECT COUNTYCook
CONTRACTORFH Paschen, SN Nielsen & Associates

PHASE I

Phase I Design Approval for the redesign of the I-190 Collector-Distributor Roadway including the East River Road / Cumberland Flyover project was granted on March 4, 2011.

The purpose of the I-190 improvements is to provide an improved transportation system for Interstate 190 / Interstate 90 from O’Hare International Airport (O’Hare Airport) to Cumberland Avenue in Cook County, Illinois.

The project limits are as follows:

East River Road

  • East River Road over I-90.

Cumberland Flyover

  • EB I-190 from the Des Plaines River to the I-190 merge with I-90.
  • EB I-90 from the Illinois Tollway/ IDOT jurisdictional limits to west of Cumberland Avenue. The Cumberland Avenue interchange is located on I-90. For purposes of this white paper, references to the I-190 mainline will include this section of I-90 to Cumberland Avenue.

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NEED FOR IMPROVEMENT

  • Existing Operational Deficiencies
  • Traffic Congestion
  • Safety Deficiencies
  • Linkage to Regional Transportation System
  • Deteriorating Pavement

PROPOSED WORK

East River Road

  • Reconstruction of the East River Road Bridge over I-90 to accommodate the eastbound I-90 widening/CD roadway and future westbound I-90 widening.

Cumberland Flyover

  • Construction of a new flyover bridge from the eastbound Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) that consists of four spans for an approximate length of 845-ft spanning the CTA Blue Line and eastbound I-190.
  • Construction of four retaining walls located east and west of the flyover bridge structure.
  • Reconstruction and widening of eastbound I-190 from the Des Plaines River to the I-190 / I-90 merge.
  • Construction of a new eastbound CD roadway exiting to southbound Cumberland Avenue from eastbound I-90.
  • Proposed drainage, high mast tower lighting, conventional roadway lighting, CCTV camera towers, landscaping, pavement marking and signing.
  • Resurfacing of EB mainline I-90 from I-190 to west of Cumberland Avenue.

MAINTENANCE OF TRAFFIC
The proposed Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) for the construction of the Cumberland Flyover Project is developed based on two essential principles:

  1. Maintain the current number of lanes along I-90 and I-190 and,
  2. Maintain all ramp movements between the interstate and the connecting roadways.

East River Road Bridge
The Maintenance of Traffic plan for this contract identified that complete closure of this road would allow for the shortest time to complete the necessary construction.  The Department has made a commitment to the City of Chicago that the East River Road Bridge would not be closed for more than one construction season to minimize impacts to the regular users of this road.

Stage 1: East River Road Bridge will be closed to through vehicle, pedestrian and equestrian traffic. Demolish the East River Road bridge superstructure and substructure by implementing nightly single lane closures on eastbound and westbound I-90. Temporary pavement will be constructed on the north side of westbound I-90 in the vicinity of the bridge for a lane shift occurring in Stage 2 for construction of the pier next to the CTA tracks.

Stage 2: Close the WB I-90 inside lane for construction of the pier next to the CTA Blue Line tracks. Shift the four through lanes of westbound I-90 traffic to the north utilizing the temporary pavement constructed in Stage 1. All the ramps between Cumberland Avenue and the westbound I-90 will remain fully operational. The lane shift along westbound I-90 will not adversely impact the westbound I-90/I-190 divergence downstream of the East River Road Bridge.

Proposed Detour

Detour route will be East River Road, to Bryn Mawr Avenue to Cumberland Avenue to Higgins Road and to East River Road.
The total detour length is approximately 1.6 miles.
Anticipated duration of one construction season (Spring 2016 through Fall 2016).

PROJECT SCHEDULE

East River Road

  • Scheduled Letting Date: September 18, 2015
  • Estimated start of construction: November, 2015
  • Estimated project completion: November, 2016

COORDINATION WITH MUNICIPALITIES and AGENCIES

  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Chicago Department of Transportation
  • Illinois State Toll Highway Authority
  • Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
  • City of Chicago Department of Water Management (CDWM)
  • Forest Preserve District of Cook County

PROJECT BENEFITS

  • Reduced congestion and travel times
  • Enhanced safety
  • Lower operations and maintenance costs
  • Improved geometric and interchange design

This information is reserved for information regarding the Cumberland Flyover portion of this project.

PROJECT START:November 2016
PROJECT END:November 2018
PROJECT COST:$23,889,000
PROJECT MUNICIPALITY:City of Chicago
PROJECT COUNTY:Cook
CONTRACTOR:Dunnet Bay Construction Company

PHASE I

Phase I Design Approval for the redesign of the I-190 Collector-Distributor Roadway including the East River Road / Cumberland Flyover project was granted on March 4, 2011.

The purpose of the I-190 improvements is to provide an improved transportation system for Interstate 190 / Interstate 90 from O’Hare International Airport (O’Hare Airport) to Cumberland Avenue in Cook County, Illinois.

The project limits are as follows:

East River Road

  • East River Road over I-90.

Cumberland Flyover

  • EB I-190 from the Des Plaines River to the I-190 merge with I-90.
  • EB I-90 from west of East River Road to west of Cumberland Avenue.  The Cumberland Avenue Interchange is located on I-90.

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NEED FOR IMPROVEMENT

  • Existing Operational Deficiencies
  • Traffic Congestion
  • Safety Deficiencies
  • Linkage to Regional Transportation System
  • Deteriorating Pavement

PROPOSED WORK

East River Road

  • Reconstruction of the East River Road Bridge over I-90 to accommodate the eastbound I-90 widening/CD roadway and future westbound I-90 widening.

Cumberland Flyover

  • Construction of a new flyover bridge from the eastbound Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) that consists of four spans for an approximate length of 845-ft spanning the CTA Blue Line and eastbound I-190.
  • Construction of four retaining walls located east and west of the flyover bridge structure.
  • Reconstruction and widening of eastbound I-190 from the Des Plaines River to the I-190 / I-90 merge.
  • Construction of a new eastbound CD roadway exiting to southbound Cumberland Avenue from eastbound I-90.
  • Proposed drainage, high mast tower lighting, conventional roadway lighting, CCTV camera towers, landscaping, pavement marking and signing.
  • Resurfacing of EB mainline I-90 from I-190 to west of Cumberland Avenue.

MAINTENANCE OF TRAFFIC
The proposed Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) for the construction of the Cumberland Flyover Project is developed based on two essential principles:

  1. Maintain the current number of lanes along I-90 and I-190 and,
  2. Maintain all ramp movements between the interstate and the connecting roadways.

Cumberland Flyover
The Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) plan can be divided into a pre-stage and three main construction stages along eastbound I-190 and I-90.  Since there are no lane reductions, the suggested MOT staging will not have an adverse impact on traffic flow along I-90 or I-190 during construction. 

Pre-Stage:  Reconstruct and widen the eastbound I-190 north shoulder.  The existing two lanes of eastbound I-190 and all the ramps within the project limits will be maintained. 

Stage 1:  Begin construction of the Cumberland Flyover bridge along with the ramp/eastbound collector-distributor road leading from the bridge to southbound Cumberland Avenue. A portion of eastbound I-190 pavement will be reconstructed. The existing two lanes of eastbound I-190 as well as the existing three lanes of eastbound I-90 will be shifted to the north and all lanes will be reduced to 11 ft widths.  The exit ramp from eastbound I-90 to southbound Cumberland Avenue will be maintained.

Stage 2:  Complete the construction of the Cumberland Flyover bridge structure and continue building the ramp/eastbound collector-distributor road leading from the bridge to southbound Cumberland Avenue. Shift the two eastbound I-190 lanes south to the newly reconstructed lanes from Stage 1, maintaining two 11-ft lanes along eastbound I-190.  After the merge between eastbound I-190 and I-90, three 11 ft lanes will be maintained. Shift the exit ramp traffic from eastbound I-90 to southbound Cumberland Avenue to the north while maintaining one 11 ft lane.

Stage 3:  Complete the construction of the ramp/eastbound collector-distributor road leading from the bridge to southbound Cumberland Avenue. Resurface eastbound I-90 using temporary nightly lane closures.  Open traffic to newly constructed Cumberland Flyover bridge and eastbound collector-distributor road.  Maintain normal lane widths along eastbound I-90 and eastbound I-190.

Proposed Detour

  • None

PROJECT SCHEDULE

Cumberland Flyover

  • Scheduled Letting Date: September 16, 2016
  • Estimated start of construction: November, 2016
  • Estimated project completion: November, 2018

COORDINATION WITH MUNICIPALITIES and AGENCIES

  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Chicago Department of Transportation
  • Illinois State Toll Highway Authority
  • Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
  • City of Chicago Department of Water Management (CDWM)
  • Forest Preserve District of Cook County

PROJECT BENEFITS

  • Reduced congestion and travel times
  • Enhanced safety
  • Lower operations and maintenance costs
  • Improved geometric and interchange design

This site will be updated periodically as the project progresses. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) wishes to thank you for your support and patience.

This site will be updated periodically as the project progresses. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) wishes to thank you for your support and patience.

If you have questions about the project, please fill out the feedback form or contact us at:

Illinois Department of Transportation
Office of Communications
201 West Center Court
Schaumburg, IL 60196

Please continue to visit the East River Road / Cumberland Flyover project website for periodic updates throughout the course of the improvement.

The Illinois Department of Transportation looks forward to your continued input and support.

Photo Gallery

October 2016 Progress Photos