Updated: October 5, 2012 6:06AM
DUNDEE TWP. — Sleepy Hollow Road/North McLean Boulevard under the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) will close to traffic for one week beginning Wednesday to accommodate I-90 bridge deck rehabilitation and beam repairs.
Illinois Tollway spokeswoman Jan Kemp said Sleepy Hollow Road/McLean Boulevard is scheduled to close at 6 a.m. Wednesday, and a detour is to be in place until the following Wednesday, Sept. 12. The detour will direct northbound McLean traffic eastward on Big Timber Road, north on Route 31, then west on Boncosky Road to reach Sleepy Hollow Road. Southbound Sleepy Hollow Road traffic will follow the same detour in reverse.
In addition, westbound I-90 will be reduced to two lanes over Sleepy Hollow Road/McLean Boulevard from 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, through 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, for bridge deck repairs.
The work will include repairs to the bridge beams and the bridge deck. Kemp said a full closure is necessary because the local roadway under I-90 is too narrow to accommodate traffic while completing this work.
She said the bridge closure was coordinated with the city of Elgin, village of West Dundee, village of Sleepy Hollow, Dundee Township, Community Unit School District 300 and the Illinois Department of Transportation. Up to 4,050 vehicles use this stretch of road daily.
Kemp said this year’s bridge repairs and shoulder widening on I-90 between Elgin and Rockford are needed to prepare for a rebuilding and widening of I-90 to begin in 2013.
A 45 mph speed limit is in effect 24/7 in all construction zones on I-90, whether or not workers are present. Kemp said drivers should continue to watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution at all times. The posted speed limit on Sleepy Hollow Road/McLean Boulevard in that area is 30 mph.
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 drivers of a potential $10,000 fine and 14-year jail sentence for hitting a roadway worker.
The tollway authority offers various ways to get the latest information:
www.illinoistollway.com: Construction/Planning Section — for details by road
1-800-TOLL-FYI: Daily lane closures
www.travelmidwest.com: Real-time travel times