Illinois Tollway set to begin roadwork on I-90

52-year-old roadway will be resurfaced with 4 in. of asphalt

News Illinois Tollway April 01, 2011
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The Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Roadway and Bridge Rehabilitation Project is scheduled to begin the week of April 4. The project includes work to repair and resurface 27 miles of mainline pavement and rehabilitate 25 bridge structures on segments between Genoa Road and U.S. Rte. 20 and between the Elgin Toll Plaza and Barrington Road. The $65 million project is scheduled to be complete by the end of this year.

"This roadway is vital to our region's transportation network and serves daily commuters, tourists and interstate commerce traveling between Chicago and Wisconsin," said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur. "These improvements will allow us to maintain the existing roadway and provide our customers with a smoother ride."

Pavement improvements will include milling off the top layer of asphalt, repairing the concrete road base and resurfacing the 52-year-old roadway with a 4-in. layer of asphalt. The project also includes rehabilitation of 25 bridge structures and repairs to five culverts. Other work includes roadway signage, guardrail and storm-sewer improvements and installation of additional roadway cameras as part of the Tollway's Traffic and Incident Management System.

By utilizing shoulders and express lanes, the Tollway will keep as many lanes open in the work zone as were available before construction. The roadway between the Elgin Toll Plaza and Barrington Road is a three-lane section in each direction, while the roadway between Genoa Road and U.S. Rte. 20 is a two-lane section in each direction.

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