I-90 Expansion Update

BELVIDERE (WIFR) -- Changes to I 90 between Rockford and Elgin are already underway.

The stretch of interstate is in the process of being widened and cross-road bridges improved. Also, the State Street ramp will soon be reconstructed.The Illinois Tollway held an open house Thursday night at the Belvidere Oasis so drivers could learn more about the plan. It's part of a $12 billion capital improvement project. Some experts believe will relieve congestion and create as many as 120,000 jobs.

Belvidere Mayor Fred Brereton says "It does enhance the potential for growth and that easier access to the airports as well as to businesses and it works both ways. people can get here easier too."

And if you're a fan of outlet shopping crews are almost done with the Route 47 interchange. Right now, it only has ramps to and from the east. The new ramps will allow direct access to the Huntley Outlet Mall.

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