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DOWNERS GROVE, IL - The Illinois Tollway today announced that roadwork will be complete in the eastbound lanes of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) between the Elgin Toll Plaza and Barrington Road and the work zone removed by 5 a.m. on Wednesday, October 12. Roadwork completion and removal of the work zone in the westbound lanes is scheduled by 5 a.m. on Friday, October 14. Work on the I-90 Roadway and Bridge Rehabilitation Project is being completed on time and within budget.
"These repairs are necessary to keep pavement on this 52-year-old roadway in good driving condition as we prepare to begin rebuilding and widening the corridor from Rockford to O'Hare in 2013 as part of the Move Illinois Program," said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur. "I-90 is a top priority, and we are committed to building a state-of-the-art, 21st century transportation corridor that will improve travel for commuters and commercial traffic throughout the region."
Overnight lane closures are scheduled on Tuesday night, October 11, to remove the work zone and shift traffic back to the normal roadway configuration. Overnight work requires closing one eastbound lane at 8 p.m., with a second lane closing at 10 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. on Wednesday, October 12.
A similar schedule will be in place on Thursday night, October 13, to remove the remaining work zone and shift westbound traffic. All lanes westbound will reopen by 5 a.m. on Friday, October 14. Some off-peak shoulder closures will be needed in the following weeks to complete punch list work for storm sewer cleaning.
The $65 million I-90 Roadway and Bridge Rehabilitation Project is repairing and resurfacing 27 miles of mainline pavement and rehabilitating 25 bridge structures on segments between the Elgin Toll Plaza and Barrington Road and between Genoa Road and U.S. Route 20. The 10-mile segment between the Elgin Toll Plaza and Barrington Road is the first to be completed. Farther west, the section between Genoa Road and U.S. Route 20 is on schedule to be complete by the end of October.
Pavement improvements include milling off the top layer of asphalt, repairing the concrete road base and resurfacing the 52-year-old roadway with a layer of asphalt. 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. On any given day, approximately 170 professional and construction staff worked on this project.
The Tollway is committed to "Building Green" and minimizing the environmental impact of construction by reducing, recycling and reusing materials. The new asphalt overlay on I-90 incorporates recycled materials including reclaimed asphalt pavement and recycled asphalt shingles. In addition to reducing the cost of this work, reuse of these materials reduces the need for virgin asphalt materials and reduces the volume of material that would otherwise be sent to landfills.
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