BOONE COUNTY (WIFR) -- The final phase of the Genoa Road Interchange Project on I-90 is set to continue this week.
Workers will begin rebuilding the eastbound entrance and exit ramps as separate ramps on the south side of I-90, eliminating a loop ramp and removing a shared ramp bridge. According to a press release, the new eastbound exit ramp is expected to open by the end of this year. The new eastbound entrance ramp is scheduled to be completed in 2015. The new configuration will be similar to what is currently in place for westbound entrance and exit ramps on the north side of I-90.
The interchange will remain open throughout construction.
The first phase of the $13 million Genoa Road Interchange Project was completed earlier this year with the removal and reconstruction of the Genoa Road Bridge carrying traffic over I-90 as part of the new, wider roadway being built under the $2.5 billion I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project.
Beginning this week, work will begin by shifting Genoa Road traffic to the west to provide a work zone to begin rebuilding and widening Genoa Road to include new turn lanes and a traffic signal where the new ramps will be built.
In addition, lane reductions and temporary, full roadway closures are scheduled overnight this week to remove overhead electrical lines crossing I-90. Weather permitting, beginning at 12 a.m. Thursday, traffic in both directions will be reduced to one lane. Three full closures of 15-minute durations will begin after 1 a.m. and traffic will be restored to two lanes by 5 a.m. The same closures will be scheduled to begin at 12 a.m. on Friday, if work is not completed Thursday.