North Tri-State Tollway (I-94)


Project Overview

The Illinois Tollway has scheduled work in 2024 on the North Tri-State Tollway (I-94) between Russell Road and Atkinson Road, including local crossroad bridge repairs on Atkinson Road.

This work is scheduled to begin in the spring and be complete in 2025.

Improvements will also include underpass lighting work at Deerfield Road, as well as pavement repairs, fiber optic improvements, noisewall and median barrier repairs and roadway camera and ramp queue detection installation throughout the corridor.

Construction is scheduled to begin in spring and to be complete by the end of the year.


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Construction Update (6/12/24)

Between the Waukegan Toll Plaza and Rosecrans Road (Illinois Route 173) nightly eastbound lane closures are scheduled through June with traffic reduced to a single lane at times.

At Grand Avenue (Illinois Route 132), shoulder closures are in place on the ramp carrying eastbound Grand Avenue to westbound I-94 through the fall for drainage work.

Please check the Daily Construction Alert for up-to-date closure information.

Customer Impacts

Whenever possible, the Tollway uses traffic shifts and shoulders to keep as many lanes open during peak hours as were available before construction.

Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to scheduled lane closures, traffic patterns and work zone speed limits.

Closure of the Atkinson Road Bridge with a posted detour will be scheduled in 2024 for repairs. The full closure of the bridge will be necessary because the existing bridge structure is too narrow to accommodate traffic while safely providing a work zone to complete repairs on the bridge.

In addition, lane reductions will be required on Old U.S. Route 41 to complete mainline bridge repair work.


These repairs are necessary to extend the life of the roadway and bridges and provide safe and convenient travel for Tollway customers. This work is part of the Tollway’s 16-year, $15 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.

These projects are being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Lake County, as well as local municipalities, fire and police departments. 


The Tollway is committed to building green and minimizing the environmental impact of construction by reducing, recycling and reusing materials. In addition to reducing the cost of this work, reuse of these materials reduces the need for virgin asphalt materials and reduces energy consumption, greenhouse gases and the volume of material that would otherwise be sent to landfills.

Work Zone Safety

The Illinois Tollway is committed to ensuring that the North Tri-State Tollway (I-94) remains safe for both drivers and workers during construction, which is part of the agency’s overall commitment to roadway safety. 

Work zone speed limits are in effect in all construction zones 24/7 and drivers should continue to watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution, especially when workers are present.

Visit the Tollway's Roadway Safety page.