New Toll Plaza Opens, Others Close For Construction

A new Open Road Toll Plaza is set to open in the Stateline on Wednesday.

The DeKalb Open Road Toll Plaza will open up Wednesday on Interstate 88. However, motorists will still need to slow down at the old toll plaza until crews are able to take it down.

Meanwhile, several lane closures are scheduled at Stateline toll plazas this week due to construction. (Below information courtesy of the Illinois Tollway)

Overnight lane closures, including several full, 15-minute lane closures, are scheduled this week at the Dixon Toll Plaza on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) during the next stage of building a new Open Road Tolling (ORT) plaza for non-stop toll collection for I-PASS users.

To accommodate ORT and ease congestion in the Dixon area, the new plaza will be located three miles east of the current plaza, which will remain open during construction. A new plaza site was selected to accommodate local requests and improve traffic flow and safety during construction. When completed later this year, I-PASS users will have two ORT lanes in each direction for non-stop toll collection and will no longer have to slow down to drive through a plaza. There will be three toll booth lanes in a smaller cash plaza on the right.

One lane in each direction approaching and departing the existing Dixon Toll Plaza will close at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16, for pavement striping work in preparation for a construction stage change that will deactivate the plaza and open the new plaza. One full, 15-minute closure of the eastbound lanes is scheduled after 8 p.m. for work to remove existing overhead signs. All lanes will reopen at 5 a.m. on Thursday, August 17. One full, 15-minute closure of lanes in each direction is scheduled at 6:45 a.m. At this time, toll collection will begin at the new Dixon Toll Plaza, three miles east of the current plaza.

Off-peak lane and shoulder closures continue this week at the Marengo, Belvidere and South Beloit toll plazas on the Northwest Tollway (I-90) as work continues to convert the plazas to Open Road Tolling (ORT) for non-stop toll collection for I-PASS users.
Two westbound ORT lanes are open at the Belvidere plaza and two eastbound ORT lanes are open at the Marengo Toll Plaza. To ease congestion, the Belvidere and Marengo toll plazas were converted from bi-directional plazas collecting tolls in each direction to two single direction/split plazas. I-PASS users will have two ORT lanes for non-stop toll collection at South Beloit later this fall (three lanes after the Northwest Tollway is widened in this area).
Off-Peak Closure at Marengo

One eastbound lane approaching the Marengo Toll Plaza will be closed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16, for shoulder pavement work. This work is scheduled during off-peak hours to minimize the impact to traffic.
South Beloit Closures Scheduled

One westbound lane approaching and departing the South Beloit plaza will close at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16, for pavement work and erection of overhead sign trusses. Three full, 15-minute closures of the westbound lanes are scheduled after midnight. All lanes will reopen at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 17. One westbound lane at the McCurry Road Bridge will close at 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 17, for sign installation work. All lanes will reopen at 8 a.m. on Friday, August 18. The closures are scheduled during off-peak hours to minimize the impact to traffic.

Lane Closure at Belvidere
The westbound right shoulder approaching the Belvidere plaza will be closed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 17, for pavement work. The closure is scheduled during off-peak hours to minimize the impact to traffic.
Work Zone Safety

A 45 m.p.h. speed limit is in effect 24/7 in all construction zones, whether or not workers are present. Drivers should continue to watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution, especially when workers are present. Illinois State Police have zero tolerance for drivers speeding in work zones. The minimum penalty for speeding in a work zone is $375. Posted signs advise motorists of a $10,000 fine and 14-year jail sentence for hitting a roadway worker. Keep Workers Alive – Drive 45.


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