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Meetings set in Huntley, Belvidere on I-90 construction project

Updated: April 8, 2013 7:44AM

The Illinois Tollway will host two public open house meetings, including one in Huntley, next week to highlight construction work set to begin this spring on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project.

The meetings will be 4 to 7 p.m. March 12 at the Huntley Village Hall, 10987 Main St.; and March 14 at the Belvidere Oasis, I-90 milepost 24.

According to release from the Tollway, construction will begin this year on the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project in the eastbound lanes between Elgin and Rockford. It will include work on mainline bridges and nine local crossroad bridges.

In addition, work will include ramp reconstruction at the Business U.S. Route 20/State Street Interchange in Rockford. The Illinois Tollway also is scheduled to complete construction of a new, all-electronic interchange on I-90 at Illinois Route 47 in Huntley, the release said.

The open house meetings will provide people the opportunity to view informational displays, learn about upcoming construction schedules and ask questions about the project that the Tollway said will support economic growth, create jobs and improve access for Tollway customers traveling on I-90 between Elgin and Rockford.

According to the release, the Illinois Tollway’s $12 billion capital program — Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future — will improve mobility, relieve congestion, reduce pollution, create as many as 120,000 jobs and link economies across the Midwest region.

Move Illinois will address the remaining needs of the existing Tollway system; rebuild and widen the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) as a state-of-the-art 21st century corridor; construct a new interchange to connect the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to I-57; build a new, all-electronic Elgin O’Hare Western Access and fund planning studies for the Illinois Route 53/120 Extension and the Illiana Expressway, the release said.

The Illinois Tollway describes itself as a user-fee system that receives no state or federal funds for maintenance and operations. The agency maintains and operates 286 miles of interstate tollways in 12 counties in northern Illinois, including the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) and the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80).

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