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Repairs Scheduled for Buckled Pavement on Eisenhower Expressway

Overnight work scheduled for westbound lanes of Eisenhower in Maywood.

Correction: IDOT officials say there are no lane closures due to the buckling pavement, which was caused by extreme heat. The only lane closures will take place overnight and into early Saturday morning. 

"We've been aware of that location for awhile," said IDOT spokesman Guy Tridgell. "It wasn't a hazard for traffic so we've elected to do the work on the weekend."

The stories below (and headlines above) have been updated to reflect the changes.

Update, 5:13 p.m. IDOT in a press release said the repairs will require lane closures early Saturday morning. Here's IDOT:

Between midnight and 6 a.m., the repairs will take place on the outbound expressway just west of Illinois 171 (First Avenue). A minimum of one lane will remain open at all times while the repairs are made...Motorists should expect delays and allow extra time for trips through this area. Please obey the speed limit, observe closure signs and remain alert for workers. 

Original Story: Buckling pavement has been reported in the westbound lanes of the Eisenhower Expressway at First Avenue.

It's unclear what caused the disruption, but the culprit is usually extreme heat.

Quoting the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Associated Press reports that heat has caused upward of 30 incidents of pavement failure on the state's highways over the summer.

Be sure to check our "Commute" page for a real-time traffic map.

Please return to Oak Park-River Forest Patch for updates as they become available.

Kevin Fallon August 03, 2012 at 10:22 PM
This buckle has been getting worse and worse for days on end. IDOT's response over the past week? Put a sign about a block away saying "Bump Ahead" and one @ it, saying "Bump".

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