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updated: 9/9/2013 8:17 PM

Tollway: Get ready for widening I-90 from Elgin to the Kennedy

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  • Daily Herald file photoA truck travels westbound along I-90 as construction continues near Huntley.

    Daily Herald file photoA truck travels westbound along I-90 as construction continues near Huntley.


Drivers on the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) between the Elgin toll plaza and the Kennedy Expressway can expect lots of night life as the agency preps for the second part of a major project.

The tollway is widening the Jane Addams and commenced this spring with the eastbound lanes between the Elgin Toll Plaza and Rockford.

In preparation for the Elgin to the Kennedy Expressway portion, advance work on the left and right shoulders of I-90 will mean overnight closures of one lane in each direction through the end of the year.

All lanes will be open for business by morning rush hour.

The Illinois tollway is spreading the $2.2 billion project over four years. The eastbound section of I-90 between Elgin and Rockford will be the first to be rebuilt, with work finishing up this year.

When it's wrapped up in 2016, the Jane Addams will have an extra lane in each direction. The result is projected to accommodate 30,000 more vehicles a day. It also should reduce commutes between Elgin and the Kennedy Expressway by up to 25 minutes, according to the Illinois tollway. In 2014, construction crews will widen westbound I-90 between Elgin and Rockford; work on the Elgin to Chicago segment is set for 2014 through 2016.

The tollway also plans a bridge to take traffic south on Elmhurst Road near Des Plaines over I-90. It's the first step in building a full interchange at I-90 and Elmhurst Road, which is part of the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway and western bypass project.

Another significant improvement is a full interchange at Route 47 in Huntley, scheduled to open later this year.

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