Construction on EB I-90 will reduce lanes in northwest suburbs - FOX 32 News Chicago

Construction on EB I-90 will reduce lanes in northwest suburbs

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ELGIN, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Drivers traveling eastbound on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) can expect traffic delays near northwest suburban Elgin for the next five weeks.

Beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday, construction on the tollway will result in lane reductions and reduced capacity along a four-mile segment between the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge and the Elgin Toll Plaza, according to a statement from the Illinois Tollway Authority.

A 45-mph speed limit will be enforced in the area of construction at all times, whether workers are present or not, the statement said. The minimum penalty for speeding in a construction zone is $375.

The construction is part of the $2.2 billion Jane Addams Memorial Tollway Rebuilding and Widening Project, which kicked-off last spring.

The tollway's expansion from two eastbound lanes to three between Rockford and Elgin will be completed by the end of 2013, the agency reports.

Westbound lanes on I-90 will be rebuilt and widened in 2014, according to the ITA.

Once construction is completed, the agency projects the tollway will accommodate up to 30,000 more vehicles every day and save drivers $440 million annually due to reduced congestion and delays.

Nearly a million drivers travel on the I-90 corridor from Chicago to Rockford every day, the ITA said.

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