Drivers may be shaving some time off their commute now that construction on the Jane Byrne Interchange is coming to an end after almost a decade.
The long-anticipated project ballooned in cost to $806 million dollars, far more than its original estimated cost of $535.5 million.
The Illinois Department of Transportation says the interchange will improve overall commuter experience with fewer delays and crashes, while also decreasing fuel emissions.
While minor additions will be added to the interchange, such as paint, landscaping, science work and lighting, the roads are clear for use in the upcoming holiday season.
Still, commuters should pay attention as they might not be too familiar with the new journey.
“Pay attention to the signing because there is a lot of new signage. There are a lot of new ramps that are open that aren’t going to look familiar to some of the folks that haven’t been out there for a while,” said John Baczek, engineer of program development for the Illinois Department of Transportation.
“All the barricades have been removed … some of us were counting on those to guide through the whole construction zone but now you gotta make sure to pay attention to those signs, find your exits and keep looking ahead and make sure that you are also being safe,” Baczek added.