Road Construction, Detours, etc

Department of Transportation Sites:
http://www.cotrip.org/ -Colorado
http://www.dot.state.il.us/tpublic.html -Illinois
http://www.ai.org/dot/motoristinfo/ -Indiana
http://www.511ia.org/ -Iowa
http://www.ksdot.org/divplanning/roadrpt/default.asp -Kansas

http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,1607,7-151-9615---,00.html -Michigan
http://www.511mn.org/ -Minnesota
http://www.modot.org/road_conditions/index.htm -Missouri
http://www.511nebraska.org/ndortip/index.jsp -Nebraka
http://www.state.nd.us/dot/road.html -North Dakota

http://www.buckeyetraffic.org/ -Ohio
http://www.okladot.state.ok.us/ -Oklahoma
http://www.sddot.com/travinfo.asp -South Dakota
http://www.dot.state.tx.us/hcr/main.htm -Texas
http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/driving-cond.htm -Wisconsin



Kansas
KDOT List of Construction
KDOT Road Conditions page
CLOSED: US Hwy 283 from I-70 @ Wakeeney southward (unknown)
US 77 is closed between US 50 and US 56. The detour route is only a good one if going west on US 50 from Emporia. If coming from the north or south (on US 77) or the west (on US 50 from Newton), Sunflower Rd. into Marion is the best bet (about a 15 minute delay from 77 or 5 minute delay from US 50).

Directions:
From US 50 going east: go until you see "Marion via county road" sign (about 15 miles from I-135), turn left and go into Marion. Make a right at Main St. (stop sign), then at the beginning of an S-curve, make a left to Cedar St. and go up to US 56. Take a right and turn left at the US 77 junction.

From US 77 going north: make a left onto US 50 and turn right at the " Marion via county road " sign (about 5 miles), then follow the same directions as from US 50.

From US 77 going south: make a right onto US 56 and go until the sign saying " <- Marion ", turn left and go to the stop sign (Main St.) and make a right. Go to 3rd St. (this is Sunflower Rd.) and make a left, taking you to US 50. If going to US 77, turn left and go for about 5 miles.

They sound more complicated than they really are, and saves you about 20 minutes from the detour US 77 route.

Missouri
MODOT Road Work page
PDF map
I-35 5 miles south of Bethany, MO - Down to 2-way traffic starting April 13, end time unknown

Oklahoma
I-35 Moore, OK
I-35 last/first 10 miles north of Red River

South Dakota - SDDOT Website
I-29 - Sioux Falls reduced lanes around 12th St exit, March 20, 2006 - (no finish given)
Highway 14 - Brookings reduced lanes, April 3, 2006 - November 3, 2006 (use highway 14 bypass exit 133)

Texas
Lubbock Texas

Construction continues on the Marsha Sharp Freeway What will show on your maps as US82-Brownfield Hwy-Tech Freeway.

The good news is the west loop 289 portion (fastest route around Lubbock) is now finished and is 3 lanes each direction. The will be some short closures soon when they put up the flyovers for the freeway, but they will mostly be at night. Traffic flows well around the west loop now, and US82 coming in from Brownfield is good up to the loop. Forget even going inside the loop!

The good news is there is a BRAND NEW North/South route on the west side of Lubbock, and is the only complete route through Lubbock going n/s that is located outside the Loop 289 This is Milwaukee Avenue and just opened today. Not a lot of traffic there so if you find yourself on the west side of Lubbock needing to get south fast, this is a great route!

US62/82 in Terry County southwest of Lubbock in under sporadic construction while the replace the driving lanes and is down to 60mph and 1 lane in 5 miles stretches.

385 in Gaines county (further southwest) they are going to be completely tearing up the roadway and replacing it within the city limits of Seminole TX, so I would avoid going through town there if possible.
 
Oklahoma
I-35 Moore, OK
I-35 last/first 10 miles north of Red River


**UPDATE July 06***
the construction has been completed and all lanes are now open
 
Lubbock Texas

Construction continues on the Marsha Sharp Freeway What will show on your maps as US82-Brownfield Hwy-Tech Freeway.

The good news is the west loop 289 portion (fastest route around Lubbock) is now finished and is 3 lanes each direction. The will be some short closures soon when they put up the flyovers for the freeway, but they will mostly be at night. Traffic flows well around the west loop now, and US82 coming in from Brownfield is good up to the loop. Forget even going inside the loop!

The good news is there is a BRAND NEW North/South route on the west side of Lubbock, and is the only complete route through Lubbock going n/s that is located outside the Loop 289 This is Milwaukee Avenue and just opened today. Not a lot of traffic there so if you find yourself on the west side of Lubbock needing to get south fast, this is a great route!

US62/82 in Terry County southwest of Lubbock in under sporadic construction while the replace the driving lanes and is down to 60mph and 1 lane in 5 miles stretches.

385 in Gaines county (further southwest) they are going to be completely tearing up the roadway and replacing it within the city limits of Seminole TX, so I would avoid going through town there if possible.

You can get a full rundown of Road Construction projects on the entire Texas South Plains here:
http://www.dot.state.tx.us/LBB/projects/index.htm
provided we ever see a dryline hanging out this side of the caprock again!
 
US 77 is closed between US 50 and US 56. The detour route is only a good one if going west on US 50 from Emporia. If coming from the north or south (on US 77) or the west (on US 50 from Newton), Sunflower Rd. into Marion is the best bet (about a 15 minute delay from 77 or 5 minute delay from US 50).

Directions:
From US 50 going east: go until you see "Marion via county road" sign (about 15 miles from I-135), turn left and go into Marion. Make a right at Main St. (stop sign), then at the beginning of an S-curve, make a left to Cedar St. and go up to US 56. Take a right and turn left at the US 77 junction.

From US 77 going north: make a left onto US 50 and turn right at the " Marion via county road " sign (about 5 miles), then follow the same directions as from US 50.

From US 77 going south: make a right onto US 56 and go until the sign saying " <- Marion ", turn left and go to the stop sign (Main St.) and make a right. Go to 3rd St. (this is Sunflower Rd.) and make a left, taking you to US 50. If going to US 77, turn left and go for about 5 miles.

They sound more complicated than they really are, and saves you about 20 minutes from the detour US 77 route.
 
This will be primarily of interest to the Colorado Gang or anybody else either a) traveling northeast on I-76 to chase around Brush/Sterling/Big Springs and points further east, or B) southwest back to Denver from I-80. There is a three mile stretch between exit 81 and 84 (Barlow Road) that has been reduced to two way traffic as they are currently repaving the eastbound lanes/replacing an overpass bridge over a county road. Later in the summer they will switch it over and repave the westbound lanes. So if you are headed in either direction expect about a five minute delay for the rest of the summer. If you want to bypass the construction get off at Barlow Road, go south to Highway 34 (Platte Avenue) go east three miles and then go north on Dodd Bridge Road and get back on the interstate. Vice versa if you are approaching from the east. However Highway 34 has a 55 mph speed limit so it may be just as fast to go through the construction zone and skip the four mile detour.
Just thought y'all might want to know about that.
 
Sioux Falls, South Dakota:

There is construction on I-29 that starts just south of Sioux Falls and continues on most of 1-29 through the main part of the city. However, I-229, whoch goes east around Sioux Falls is unaffected. The construction is expected to continue through most of the summer. There is some construction still on the Tea exit (one exit south of the I-229 exit), but it is almost complete and currently does not impede traffic flow.
 
Some I've hit recently:

OK
US 377/OK 99/OK 59 S of Seminole (right S of 59 junction): 1-lane road. Not sure how far, I turned out of the line and went east on 270 instead.

TX
US 283 just S of Baird: closed to through traffic. No detour posted, I used TX-18 west, TX-604 S, then TX-36 back east. No indication of closure to my north, at the TX-36/US-283 junction.

Best,
Scott
 
IA

Iowa 4 in both directions: from US 30 to Junction of IA 175 East
road construction Width limit 12 ' from 07:00am to 08:00pm on weekdays and Saturdays — until October 1


US 71: from after Audubon County Road F32 East to MP 84.400
bridge construction, width limit in effect Width limit 14 ' — until November 1

last updated April 19

Comment: Audubon County. This project is located on U.S. 71 near the south city limits of Audubon, IA. This is a bridge and approach replacement project. There is a width restriction of 14 feet. Traffic will be maintained through the project with the use of temporary traffic signals. Traffic will be channelized through the workzone with the use of temporary concrete barrier rails.

Interstate 35: from Exit 52 to Exit 56
bridge construction, roadway reduced to one lane, width limit in effect — until November 15

last updated May 3

Comment: Warren Co. On I-35 2.1 miles south of IA 92 interchange over Clanton Creek. Starting May 1st thru Nov. 15th 2006 Head to Head traffic in the South Bound Lanes with crossovers
 
Nebraska

US 20 between Atkinson and O'Neil down to one lane and with the need to follow a point car. Expect 15-30 min delay on this stretch.
 
South Dakota (north central), route 83 just north of Herreid.

Several miles of 83 are closed. The detour is several miles east, then south and west again along semi paved or gravel roads.

Bill Hark
 
Updating US 20 in NE Nebraska:

Same as posted by Jason, except construction now extends from O'Neill almost to Ainsworth, or about a 60 mile stretch. There are at least three stretches requiring a wait for a point car to lead a convoy through, and is definitely not recommended as a route for a chase in progress.


On the plus side: there is a bridge across the Missouri River at Vermillion! Apparently it's been there about two years and is a good argument for electric DeLorme instead of paper maps. Head south on HWY 19 west of town to connect with HWY 12 in Nebraska.
 
North Dakota:


I-29 through the City of Fargo - all exits, from 13th Ave South to 2 miles north of the 19th Ave North exit. 1 lane, each direction.

Construction continues until Fall.

I-94 from Cassleton to Tower City, 1 lane, each direction. Speeds reduced to 65mph. Construction continues until fall.
 
For those who are traveling through Arkansas or want to spot / chase storms:
http://www.arkansashighways.com/lanes/lanemap3.htm

US 64 east of Bald Knob (from Woodruff Co on east) is a good road with good stretches of 3 lane (passing lane). It's under construction often due to adding in stretches of the 3rd lane.

I-40 and I-30 have good stretches of road construction. See the map in the link for details.
 
Beware of Indiana and Chicago area construction!

Indiana:
Although construction is sporadic, heavy summer traffic flow on the state's interstates results in significant jams/backups whenever a lane closure is encountered. Some of these jams are the longest and slowest I have ever seen anywhere in the USA. Many are over 10 miles long, requiring 45 minutes to over an hour to get through. The worst backups I encountered are on I-65 and I-70 leading into Indianapolis. One section of I-74 is one-lane for over ten miles. I also witnessed many motorists pulled over for making u-turns on the highway by state police hiding at many of the median turnarounds.

Chicago metro:
Nearly all routes into and out of the Chicago metro currently have numerous major construction zones. Extremely long and slow jams/backups are common, some taking over an hour to get through only a few miles. Traffic is exceptionally bad during the day, but the jams last all night, including during off-peak early morning hours.

Recommendations:

If your drive to a target will take you through Indiana and/or the Chicago metro, be prepared for an extra one to two hours or more of travel time due to major backups. It may be beneficial to use rural two-lane roads and avoid the interstates altogether in many of these areas.

If you are closing in on a storm intercept in Indiana, absolutely avoid the interstates.
 
Highway 136 closed near Phelps City, MO which is between Missouri River and I-29 for bridge replacement. Local detour could cause up to 15 minutes additional travel time in either direction.
 
Reply to Ed Ballou re US283 south of WaKeeney, KS. I drove from there down to Ness City during the day on May 4 and had no construction delays.
 
The MO River bridge from NW Missouri into SE Nebraska is closed indefinitely...US Highway 136 between Rockport MO and Auburn NE. It has been closed for a while.
 
US50 North of Springfield, CO -- late May

One lane pilot car 10 mile construction zone, 30 min.+ delay both ways, US 50 between Springfield and Lamar, CO, Baca County north to Prowers County line. Looks like it'll be around awhile.
 
For those traveling the Interstates from a distance to reach chase-country, consider buying a CB radio to hear trucker reports about accidents and miles-long backups ahead. I bought a basic unit several years ago from Radio Shack ($100), that also cuts in with NOAA Weather Radio warnings and tunes the nearest station for info. I make several chase trips each year from Virginia, and it saves many hours to know what's ahead and then jump off on alternate roads to go around.

-- (Excuse my previous reply to Ed; didn't check his post date and assumed all entries here were current.)
 
If in IL: stay away from CHI metro or suburbs.

I 94 - total closure from I 57, north

I 294 from 95th street to 159th street - Lane widening, Very slow and backed up.

I 80/94 - always a problem, gotton alot better except going East into IN where the IN toll road is now being torn up......I have alternate routes that are much better, so if you are interested PM me, because I don't want to clutter up space with info nobody wants to hear.
 
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