The Illinois Tollway plans to begin shifting eastbound traffic on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) between Rockford and Elgin next week as part of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project.
The new traffic configuration is expected to be in place until late spring while construction in the median area is completed in advance of the rebuilding and widening of the westbound lanes this year.
As part of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project, the Tollway between Randall Road in Elgin and I-39 in Rockford will be rebuilt and a new lane added to provide three lanes in each direction.
In addition, the inside lane and shoulder in both directions will be widened to provide accommodations for future transit opportunities. The eastbound lanes in this segment were completed in 2013 and the westbound lanes are scheduled to be complete by the end of the year.
On Monday, March 10, work is scheduled to begin during the day to shift eastbound I-90 traffic to the right in sections from west to east between Rockford and Elgin. Weather permitting, work will continue for the next two weeks until all eastbound traffic has been shifted. All eastbound entrance and exit ramps will remain open.
Once traffic is shifted, the Tollway will continue with median work, including shoulder construction and drainage work and the installation of barrier walls to prepare for 2014 roadway construction. This spring, all traffic will be shifted onto the eastbound side of the roadway so rebuilding and widening of the westbound lanes can be completed.
I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project
The Illinois Tollway is rebuilding and widening 62 miles along the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I‐90) as a 21st century, state‐of‐the-art corridor linking Rockford to O’Hare International Airport. The I‐90 corridor from Chicago to Rockford serves nearly 1 million travelers per day.
In 2014, the Illinois Tollway is scheduled to complete the reconstruction and widening between Elgin and Rockford. The eastbound lanes were completed in 2013. Work on the segment of I-90 from Chicago to Elgin is scheduled for 2014-2016. This work is part of the Tollway’s 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.
Work Zone Safety
A 45 mph speed limit is in effect 24/7 in the western segment of I-90, whether or not workers are present. Drivers should continue to watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution at all times.
Illinois State Police have zero tolerance for drivers speeding in work zones. The minimum penalty for speeding in a work zone is $375. Posted signs advise drivers of a $10,000 fine and 14-year jail sentence for hitting a roadway worker.
Getting Tollway Construction Information
The Illinois Tollway has a variety of ways customers can get the latest travel information, including:
- www.illinoistollway.com – Construction/Planning section and Tollway Trip Calculator
- 1-800-TOLL-FYI – Daily lane closure information
- www.travelmidwest.com – Real-time travel times
- www.nbcchicago.com – Up-to-the-minute traffic by roadway