New I-57 interchange closer to opening
BOURBONNAIS — The number assigned to the new Interstate 57 interchange in Bourbonnais will be 318.
With the assignment of the interchange number, this means there are four interchanges within 10 miles of each other. There is interchange 315 along Illinois Route 50 at Armour Road in Bourbonnais; interchange 312 at Illinois Route 17 (East Court Street) in east Kankakee; and interchange 308 at U.S. 45/52 in south Kankakee.
Alan Harwood, acting area supervisor for the Illinois Department of Transportation in Ottawa, said the interchange is expected to be opened this fall, but a specific date has not yet been determined.
The $46.3-million project is inching its way to completion, but there still is some heavy work to be concluded.
The Canadian National Railroad soon will be starting construction work on a six-lane crossing which passes across 6000N Road just west of Illinois Route 50 in Bourbonnais.
Harwood said this project in north Bourbonnais will take one to two months to complete.
Bourbonnais administrator Mike Van Mill noted the village has been in contact with Canadian National and it indicated it is about ready to start the project.
“This is a critical element of this project,” he said.
In addition to the rail crossing, the two southbound lanes along Route 50 near the interchange area still are under construction. Construction work there has interrupted traffic for some time.
The ramps onto and off of I-57 have been completed for some time. It appears transportation officials likely are to open the interchange when all the construction is finished.
The interchange project was started in late summer 2015.