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Update October 22, 2019
The Illinois Department of Transportation is working hard to complete this project by the end of year. The last part of the culvert floor was poured Saturday, October 19, continuing with work on the walls of the culvert, in hopes to have them poured by the end of the week. According to the general contractor, Cicero Avenue is planned to be opened to 4 lanes around Thanksgiving pending any weather delays. At that time, a few daytime lane closures will be needed to complete other finishing details.
Update August 22, 2019
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) plans on changing the traffic pattern on Cicero Avenue the end of next week (the week of August 26) for the culvert improvement project. Weather permitting, the estimate date for the traffic pattern switch is Wednesday, August 28, 2019. Please use caution driving through this area at that time.
Update August 14, 2019
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has updated their progress on completing the improvements at 159th and Cicero. Construction crews have finished pouring the deck of the culvert last Friday, August 9 and are hoping to switch traffic on Cicero Ave in about 3 weeks. At that time, IDOT will finish the last part of the culvert upon completion of the curb, sidewalk, and pavement on Cicero Avenue southbound lanes. IDOT projects completing this project sometime this Fall.
Update May 2, 2019
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has recently continued the improvements to the intersection of 159th Street and Cicero Avenue. New sidewalks and curbs on 159th Street have been poured including a new bus stop area at Oak Street. The next phase concerning Cicero Avenue will begin with the culvert improvements under the southbound lanes. Once the southbound lanes are reconstructed and reopened, IDOT will close northbound lanes to finish culvert improvements under the northbound lanes. IDOT estimates project completion to be late Summer 2019.
Update November 19, 2018
Construction Update: 159th Street is now open. Due to the continued improvements to southbound Cicero Avenue, the new double turning lanes will remain a single turning lane until that portion has been completed. All four through-lanes have been opened.
Update September 27, 2018
The Illinois Department of Transportation has notified the City of Oak Forest that all lanes on 159th Street will be completed and opened by the beginning of November. The City is awaiting the updated work schedule from IDOT pertaining to the road and culvert construction impacting Cicero Avenue.
Update July 18, 2018
Great news! The Illinois Department of Transportation just opened 159th Street at Cicero Avenue. 159th Street is reduced to one lane in each direction plus a turning lane during the next stage of the proposed improvements to the intersection. Stage 2 will begin Friday, July 20. This stage will reduce Cicero Avenue one lane in each direction from 157th Street to 161st Street. Be mindful of fellow drivers and travel times if it is necessary to use these roads to get to a destination.
Update July 2, 2018
The Illinois Department of Transportation has amended their estimated time to Friday, July 20. At that time, traffic will be allowed on 159th Street with a left turn-lane from 159th and one lane available in each direction.
Update June 7, 2018
The Illinois Department of Transportation has made significant progress towards completing the culvert replacement on 159th Street. IDOT plans on completing a portion of the the construction in order to open one lane in each direction with left turn lane from 159th Street before Independence Day.
Update May 21, 2018
Progress on the culvert replacement at 159th Street and Oak Avenue has been delayed due to a ComEd utility delay and weather patterns causing the work site to be flooded multiple times. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has informed the City of Oak Forest that the June 2nd deadline will not be met.
Once the new box culvert is complete, IDOT will modify this stage of improvements to open 159th Street to traffic before the roadwork on 159th Street is complete. West of Cicero Avenue there will be one lane in each direction with a left turn lane eastbound to northbound Cicero Avenue.
An updated timeline will be posted soon.
Update April 13, 2018
159th Street and Cicero Avenue Construction Update – Sign Reconfiguration
Effective Monday, April 16: The current traffic control sign configuration in the areas between 159th Street and Oak Avenue and 160th Street and Cicero Avenue will be reconfigured to address traffic flow problems that have arisen from the project. City departments have worked together to come up with a best solution for all affected commuters and residents.
Entry and exit from the Arbor Park Metra Lot located at 159th Street and Oak Avenue will be limited to the following times:
If you are unable to enter or exit the Arbor Park Metra lot at the above designated time frames, you will be required to park at the Oak Forest Waverly Metra Lot located at 157th Street and Waverly Avenue.
There will be no entry to Oak Avenue from 159th Street and to 160th Street from Cicero Avenue outside of the above designated hours. Southbound Oak Avenue at 160th Street and westbound 160th Street at Oak Avenue will be closed to traffic until the completion of the construction project. Please see map below.
The City of Oak Forest asks that all motorists respect traffic control signs and traffic laws while traveling in this area. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and your family. Thank you for your continued cooperation during this construction project.
Update March 29, 2018
Pace Bus: Route 364 Detour Notice:
Pace Bus Route 364 Detour: Construction on 159th Street and Cicero Avenue will cause Bus Route 364 to detour.
During the detour 159th Street between Laramie Avenue and Cicero Avenue will not be served. Buses will be rerouted via Laramie Avenue, 155th Street and Cicero Avenue. During the detour, Pace will serve temporary stops on Laramie north of 159th Street and 159th Street east of Cicero Avenue. No other stops will be served on the detour routing.
Pace will update passengers when the regular routing is scheduled to resume.
Update March 19, 2018
Reminder that on April 2nd 159th will be completely closed; only between Oak Avenue and Cicero Avenue. There will be no thru traffic at that point of the road. Cicero will be completely unaffected by this stage of improvements. However come June, Cicero will be decreased to 1 lane northbound and 1 lane southbound during stages 2 & 3.
Update February 2018
159th Street and Cicero Avenue Improvement Update:
Click the links below to see how traffic will be detoured during the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) improvements slated to start this spring.
Stage 1 Map: April 2 - June 2.
Shows IDOT detour for 159th Street while the road between Cicero Avenue and Oak Avenue (one block West) is under construction.
Click here to view Stage 1 Map
Stage 2 Map: June - August
West side of Cicero closed. 2-lane traffic on east lanes. All lanes open on 159th Street.
Click here to view Stage 2 Map
Stage 3 Map: August - November
East side of Cicero closed. 2-lane traffic on west lanes. All lanes open on 159th Street.
Click here to view Stage 3 Map
Post from January 2018:
The Illinois Department of Transportation has notified the City of Oak Forest that 159th Street from Oak Avenue to Cicero in Oak Forest will be closed for at least 60 days starting April 2nd. IDOT will close the road to remove and replace a large culvert under road and intersection improvements. These improvements will include new double turning lanes on east bound 159th to north bound Cicero Avenue and a turn lane on east bound 159th to southbound Cicero. Once 159th Street is closed the traffic detour will be Cicero Avenue to 167th Street west to Harlem Avenue then north to 159th Street
The culvert will be replaced under both 159th Street and Cicero Avenue in the following stages.
Mid February - Start installing temporary traffic signals and utility relocation. This requires only day time closures.
April 2nd - Completed closure of 159th Street from Oak Avenue to Cicero. This closure is set for 60 days. Once 159th Street is completed, it will be reopened to all lanes of traffic.
June - Once 159th street is reopened Cicero Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction until the project completion which is estimated to be November 15th.