A big four-year construction project is coming to an end: The I-90 widening is almost done.
In 2014, crews finished widening the stretch between Rockford and Elgin to three lanes each way.
Then they started working on widening the stretch between Elgin and O’Hare to four lanes each direction.
All four lanes will be ready and open by the end of the year.
It will be a welcomed change for commuters and nearby businesses. The tolllway says drivers will save nearly 30 minutes on the average trip between Elgin and O’Hare.
As part of the project, the tollway made improvements to 16 interchanges.
All the ramps at those interchanges will be open by the end of the year with two exceptions; Roselle to westbound 90 and eastbound 90 to Barrington Rd will open next year.
There is some additional work along I-90 that will be done next year too.
Drivers will start to see smart road features. The signs on the gantries will alert them to incidents ahead.
Next year you’ll also see three Pace park and ride locations open along the tollway.