The Illinois Tollway is rebuilding and widening the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) as a 21st century, state-of-the-art corridor linking Rockford to O'Hare International Airport. The Jane Addams Memorial Tollway is part of Interstate 90, the longest interstate in the United States, and covers 77 miles extending from near the Wisconsin border to the Kennedy Expressway. The I-90 corridor from downtown Chicago to Rockford serves nearly one million travelers per day.
Since it was originally built in the 1950s, residential and commercial growth have strained parts of I-90 beyond its capacity, increasing delays and weakening economic activity. Although it has been repeatedly resurfaced and repaired, the pavement is near the end of its useful life.
In 2011, the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors approved the 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. The $2.5 billion Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project encompasses 62 miles and features six reconstructed and expanded lanes from Randall Road to I-39 near Rockford completed in 2014 and reconstruction and expansion to eight lanes from the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to Randall Road in Elgin to be completed in 2016. The new I-90 will also feature significant improvements to seven interchanges and bus on shoulder service along the eastern segment in partnership with Pace. In addition, the new I-90 includes flexible infrastructure to enable the Tollway to add new "smart" features and future transit expansion for the first time in the agency's history.
The Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project is expected to save drivers up to 27 minutes on the average trip from Elgin to the Kennedy Expressway. In addition, the improved roadway will accommodate as many as 83,000 more vehicles per day and will save drivers $440 million annually due to reduced congestion and delays.
Further, the project is expected to create or sustain as many as 11,500 additional permanent jobs in the Chicago region. When complete, the corridor will accommodate long-term growth in truck traffic projected to increase by 15,000 trucks carrying 375,000 tons of freight per day by 2040.
The I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project and other Move Illinois projects will enhance access to communities along the I-90 corridor through the construction of new and improved interchanges. The Tollway is improving interchanges and improving access at various locations including Lee Street, Elmhurst Road, Meacham Road, Roselle Road, Barrington Road, Illinois Route 25, Illinois Route 31, Genoa Road and Irene Road. A new and improved full-access interchange at Illinois Route 47 opened in 2013.
These interchange improvements represent a potential economic investment of approximately $420 million.
As part of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project, the Illinois Tollway is providing $240 million to integrate transit into the corridor today, as well as accommodate future transit expansion plans.
As part of the project, I-90 will feature the first Pace Park & Ride facilities constructed on the Tollway. In addition, Pace will create new routes and expand existing service to improve transit services from Chicago to Elgin.
The new Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) will incorporate the latest technologies available on the market today, including active traffic management (ATM) on a portion of the roadway to make I-90 safer and more efficient for the benefit of Tollway customers.
The new I-90 will include flexible infrastructure to enable the Tollway to add new "smart" features as needed or as they become available in the years to come.
The Tollway is committed to "Building Green" and minimizing the environmental impact of construction by reducing, recycling and reusing materials. In 2014, recycled materials on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project - 1,190,574 tons - could be used to build a bike path 2,334 miles long. These materials included: 567,328 tons of recycled asphalt pavement - enough to build a 1.3-mile-square parking lot, 156,963 tons of recycled aggregate - enough to fill nearly 36 Olympic-size swimming pools and 466,283 tons of recycled concrete - enough to fill a bumper-to-bumper line of dump trucks 140 miles long.
The Tollway is installing energy efficient lighting along the corridor and undertaking projects that will protect and restore native prairie, forested fen and wetlands as part of the Tollway's wetland mitigation efforts.
In addition, the new Illinois Route 47 Interchange that opened in November 2013 features several new green construction initiatives, including a geothermal water piping system that makes use of the earth's natural heating and cooling abilities to help heat and cool nearby plaza buildings in a more cost-effective and sustainable manner, reflective roofs and trellised vegetation for plaza buildings to further reduce heating and cooling costs, as well as ramp shoulder pavement that will allow water to seep through and reduce stormwater runoff.
The Illinois Tollway is working closely with residents, communities, businesses, elected officials, transit and transportation agencies to plan for and implement improvements on I-90. As construction moves forward, the Tollway continues to host public open house meetings, community outreach meetings and is working with residents and businesses to provide information and answer questions. The I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project is building on the I-90 Corridor Planning Council's recommendations developed by the region's transit and transportation planning agencies, business community, environmental groups and elected leaders.
The Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) is divided into two segments for planning, design and construction purposes: the western segment spanning approximately 37 miles from Rockford to Elgin and the eastern segment spanning 25 miles from Elgin to Chicago.
In November 2014, the Illinois Tollway completed the first segment of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project, opening a rebuilt, six-lane roadway stretching for 37 miles between Rockford and Elgin. Work on the 25-mile eastern segment of I-90 from Chicago to Elgin is scheduled for 2014-2016, with this year's work including the start of roadway rebuilding and widening and continuation of noisewall and retaining wall installation, utility relocation and drainage work.
Construction also includes new and improved interchanges, as well as reconstruction of the Fox River Bridge and local crossroad bridges throughout the I-90 corridor to accommodate the new, wider roadway.
- Eastern Segment
- Meacham Road Interchange Project
- Roselle Road Interchange Project
- Barrington Road Interchange Project
- Local Crossroad Bridge Projects
- Illinois Route 25 Interchange Project
- Fox River Bridge Project
- Illinois Route 31 Interchange Project