Work begins this week to complete work in the eastbound lanes, which will be rebuilt and widened before completion of the entire project by the end of this year. This project is part of Governor Blagojevich’s $5.3 billion Congestion-Relief Plan.
“Rebuilding and widening this section of I-88 will save time for Illinois drivers,” said Gov. Rod Blagojevich. “I’m pleased that this project is on budget and on schedule, and drivers should be able to enjoy these improvements by the end of this year. When complete, this project will allow drivers to spend more time with their families and less time on the road.”
Eastbound Work Begins This Week
Traffic was shifted a week ago to remove the westbound crossover and open up the westbound lanes. Work to switch eastbound traffic and create the eastbound work zone was complete by late Saturday night and crews were out in full force Monday morning to begin rebuilding the eastbound lanes. Eastbound traffic is shifted to the inside, with a single lane crossing over to the westbound side of the road and the two remaining lanes shifted to the median shoulder and left lane, allowing a work zone on the right side of the road. Three lanes will remain available during daytime hours. See the attached work zone schematic.
Westbound traffic remains a work zone with a 45 mph speed limit due to a traffic jog, a reduced shoulder on the right, and no shoulders on the left. Three contiguous, full-width lanes are available to westbound traffic, which should minimize any disruption to travel.
No Access to Exits from Crossover Lane
The eastbound crossover is an express lane for cars only. Traffic in the crossover lane does not have access to the exits at IL Route 59, Winfield Road or Naperville Road. The next available exit from the crossover lane is at the North-South Tollway (I-355). Traffic wishing to exit before I-355 should remain in the right local lanes. Signage is in place to notify drivers in advance of the entrance to the crossover lane.
“Rebuilding the ‘washboard’ section of I-88 and adding a lane will not only give our customers a smoother ride, but also reduce their travel times and improve safety,” said Tollway Executive Director Jack Hartman.
Work Zone Safety/Incident Clearance
After a construction worker was struck and seriously injured by an alleged drunken driver over the weekend, the Tollway is reminding customers to be vigilant in slowing down in work zones.
A 45 mph speed limit is in effect 24/7 in all construction zones and drivers should continue to watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution, especially when workers are present. The minimum fine for speeding in a work zone is $375, whether there are workers present or not. Illinois State Police have zero tolerance for drivers speeding in work zones. Posted signs advise motorists of a $10,000 fine and 14-year jail sentence for hitting a roadway worker. There are regularly scheduled work zone speed enforcement details by Illinois State Police District 15 that resulted in 140 tickets in the I-88 work zone one day earlier this month. Keep Workers Alive – Drive 45.
A Tollway H.E.L.P. Truck patrols between the hours of 5 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, to provide emergency assistance to stranded Tollway customers and handle traffic disruptive incidents. An additional Tollway H.E.L.P. Truck is assigned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to the I-88 work zone.
Motorists who observe an incident that is disrupting traffic should call *999 to make a report. This service is funded by the Illinois Tollway and IDOT in order to respond to incidents and clear the road to keep traffic moving. If you observe a stranded vehicle or debris in the road, please note the location of travel and mile post designation when making a report.
Getting Tollway Construction Info
The Tollway offers a variety of ways for drivers to get the latest information on construction and traffic on our roads.
www.illinoistollway.com – Construction Section – For details by road and daily lane closures.
1-800-TOLL-FYI – Daily lane closure info.
Roadway and overhead signs and www.gcmtravel.com – Travel times & incident info.