The Cumberland Flyover contract was let on September 16, 2016. Work on the new 845 foot long overpass spanning the CTA Blue Line and eastbound roadway for I-190 ran through November 2018. The flyover forms a distributor roadway separating traffic bound for IL 171 (Cumberland Avenue) from the merge of Interstates 90/190. Associated construction widens Interstate 190 east from the Des Plaines River to the merge with I-90.
Opened to traffic on November 5, 1960, the Kennedy Expressway originates at the Jane Byrne (Circle) Interchange with the Dan Ryan Expressway and Eisenhower Expressway (Interstate 290). Connecting Downtown Chicago with O’Hare International Airport (ORD), the 16 mile long expressway was constructed at a cost of $237 million.1,2 Prior to 1978, the Kennedy Expressway was numbered as just I-94 from the Circle Interchange northwest to the Edens Expressway, as Illinois Route 194 from the Edens Expressway to the Northwest Tollway, and as Illinois Route 594 along the O’Hare Airport spur. I-90 at the time was routed along the Eisenhower Expressway.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) request to add Illinois Route 594 to the Interstate system in a letter dated October 25, 1978. The route was found to be constructed to Interstate standards and deemed a logical addition to the system. The American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHTO) approved Interstate 190 on January 23, 1979.
Originally named the Northwest Expressway, the freeway was renamed the John F. Kennedy Expressway on November 29, 1963, one week to the minute after the famous U.S. President was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. New rapid transit rail service went into operation within the Kennedy Expressway median on February 1, 1970, shortly after commuter rail service began on the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94).1,2
The U.S. Route 12/45 Mannheim Road Project underway between Spring 2013 and Fall 2015 reconfigured the cloverleaf interchange joining Interstate 190 with the north-south arterial. Split into two contracts, work widened 3.2 miles of U.S. 12/45 to six overall lanes north of IL 19 (Irving Park Road) to IL 72 (Higgins Road). The $59.6 million project removed both eastbound ramps from I-190 to Mannheim Road. The connection to U.S. 12/45 was shifted onto O’Hare Road east from Bessie Coleman Road to the entrance ramps near Balmoral Avenue.