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 (I-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 Chicago to Rockford serves nearly one million travelers per day.
Most of I-90's infrastructure is more than 54 years old. 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. Move Illinois commits $2.2 billion to deliver a dramatic facelift to I-90 by rebuilding and widening 62 miles between Rockford and O'Hare with eight lanes from the Kennedy Expressway to Randall Road and six lanes from Randall Road to I-39. In addition, the Tollway is accommodating transit options for the I-90 corridor, 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 30,000 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 is projected to accommodate more than 15,000 trucks carrying 375,000 tons of freight per day.
The I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project will enhance access to communities along the I-90 corridor through the construction of new and improve interchanges. The Tollway is building new and improved access at Elmhurst Road, Illinois Route 47 and Irene Road.
Funded in part through $100 million set aside for new and improved interchanges in the Move Illinois Program, the current project plans provide for three improved interchanges and for up to five more interchanges for a potential economic investment of $350 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 future transit expansion plans.
As part of the project, I-90 will feature the first 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, making the roadway 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 addition, the new I-90/Illinois Route 47 Interchange will be the first "green" interchange on the Tollway system. The project will feature 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 storm water runoff.
The Tollway is working closely with residents, communities, businesses, elected officials, transit and transportation organizations to plan for and implement improvements on I-90. The I-90 Corridor Planning Council was created in June 2011 and included the region's transit and transportation planning agencies, business community and environmental groups and elected leaders. In addition to the council, the Tollway continues to host public open house meetings, community outreach meetings and works with residents and businesses to provide information and answer questions.
The Jane Addams Memorial Tollway 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 2013, construction will begin on the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project in the eastbound lanes between Elgin and Rockford. Work on this segment is scheduled to begin in the spring and be completed by the end of 2013, with the westbound lanes scheduled to be rebuilt and widened in 2014. Work on the segment of I-90 from Chicago to Elgin is scheduled to begin in late 2013 and be complete by 2016.
The Illinois Tollway is also rebuilding several mainline bridges and nine local bridges in 2013 to accommodate the new, wider roadway, as well as ramp reconstruction at the Business U.S. Route 20/State Street Interchange in Rockford. The Illinois Tollway is also scheduled to complete construction of a new, all-electronic interchange on I-90 at Illinois Route 47 in Huntley.
For complete details and maps, please visit "Project By Roadway" in the Construction/Planning section on the Tollway's website www.illinoistollway.com.
- I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project
- Illinois Route 47 Interchange Project
- Mainline Bridge Projects
- Local Crossroad Bridge Projects
- Business U.S. Route 20/State Street Interchange Project