Chicago Construction Moratorium for the Holidays

Steve Rodriguez

Posted by Steve Rodriguez

The holiday season is fast approaching, and Chicago, with many major municipalities, typically issue a temporary moratorium for activities affecting the public way to promote full access to stores, restaurants and businesses. This year the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has set the dates and boundaries per official memo issued by Deputy Commissioner Jai Kalayil, Department of Transportation, Division of Infrastructure Management.

Friday, November 17, 2023 4:00 p.m. - Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at 9:30 a.m.   

*Post Moratorium Considerations below

 What type of work is effected:

“No street openings or traffic obstructions, except  for emergencies, shall be allowed within the [moratorium] boundaries.”

“All existing permits within the moratorium boundaries will be automatically revoked. Restrictions will not be lifted for any non-emergency work without permission from CDOT’s Permit Office.”

 Moratorium Boundaries:

“Beginning at the easternmost point of North Avenue extending to Lake Michigan, west on Chicago 2021 MoratoriumNorth Avenue to Halsted Street; then south on Halsted Street to Roosevelt Road; then east on Roosevelt Road to its easternmost point extending to Lake Michigan.”

*Post Moratorium Considerations:

“Any work performed from January 2, 2024 through April 1, 2024 shall be subject to criteria acceptable for snow removal and control operations. Specifically, all plates in the public right of way must be collected prior to the commencement of snow operations. If plates cannot be removed, or new plates must be installed, please immediately notify the snow operations unit by phone (312) 746-8630 or email. 

Future CDOT activity in 2024

"In addition, CDOT will issue a construction moratorium for several events in 2024 including, but are not limited to the following. Moratoriums for the events below will be released in separate directives"

*The NASCAR Street Race event will likely follow last year's course, picture below. 


Put us to work for you: 

Burnham Nationwide is here to answer questions on moratorium procedures or to assist with the application process for waivers in our offices. Please contact Steve Rodriguez by email or call us at 312-407-7990

Proposed Course Layout


*Source "The Chicago Street Race Moratorium" Memo issued 13 Oct 2022



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