Online Staff Report
DOWNERS GROVE, Illinois — The Illinois Tollway is scheduled to complete reconstruction of the western segment of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) between Rockford and Elgin tomorrow, Dec. 16, and return the speed limit to 65 mph. To celebrate, the Tollway is inviting customers to visit the McDonald’s at the Belvidere Oasis from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16, for a complementary small cup of coffee.
“We thank our customers for their patience and support during the two years of construction to rebuild and widen the 37 miles from Rockford to Elgin,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur. “Now that the first phase of the $2.5 billion I-90 project is complete, drivers have three new lanes of roadway in each direction for 37 miles between the Elgin Toll Plaza and I-39, and we invite them to have a cup of coffee on us.”
By Tuesday morning, Dec. 16, all traffic will be traveling on three new lanes of pavement in both directions of I-90 between I-39 in Rockford and the Elgin Toll Plaza. In addition, the speed limit between I-39 and Tyrrell Road in Elgin will be returned to 65 mph by the end of the week.
Work to rebuild and widen I-90 between Elgin and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) will begin next spring and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016. Work to reconstruct the Fox River Bridge in Elgin is also under way.
The $2.5 billion Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project will deliver a 21st-century, state-of-the-art corridor linking Rockford to O’Hare International Airport. The I-90 corridor from downtown Chicago to Rockford serves nearly 1 million travelers per day. The project encompasses 62 miles and includes reconstruction and expansion of I-90 to eight lanes from the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to Randall Road in Elgin and six lanes from Randall Road to I-39 near Rockford, as well as significant improvements to seven interchanges.
The new I-90 will feature flexible infrastructure to enable the Tollway to add new “smart” features as needed, and is accommodating transit options along the I-90 corridor for the first time in the agency’s history.
Posted Dec. 15, 2014