Eight bridges closing as tollway widens
FROM STAFF REPORTS August 22, 2013 12:48PM
This bridge carrying Powers Road over I-90 near Gilberts is one of eight that will be replaced in the next few weeks to accomodate a wider tollway down below. Powers will be closed beginning Monday. | DAVE GATHMAN~SUN-TIMES MEDIA
Updated: September 24, 2013 6:04AM
HAMPSHIRE — Eight local roads either closed this week or will close next week where they cross over I-90, including four in the Hampshire-Huntley area. Over three months, each bridge will be demolished and rebuilt longer as part of the Illinois Tollway’s $2.2 billion I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project. The closures are expected to be in place for three months.
This year the Illinois Tollway is reconstructing the Mill Road, Irene Road, Stone Quarry Road, Genoa Road, Getty Road, Brier Hill Road, Sandwald Road and Powers Road bridges. Detour routes will be posted and electronic message signs will be put in place to alert drivers to the bridge closure dates. Construction project and detour information is also available in the “Projects By Roadway” section in the Construction/Planning tab on the Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com.
A tollway spokeswoman said the full closure of these crossroad bridges is necessary because these roadways over I-90 are too narrow to accommodate traffic while completing the work. All eight bridges, which were originally built in the 1950s, need to be lengthened to accommodate the new, three-lane-in-each-direction I-90 roadway.
The locations and detours for the bridge closures near Hampshire and Huntley are:
The detour for Getty Road, north of Hampshire, will direct traffic to use Harmony Road, Hampshire Road, Melms Road and County Line Road in both directions. About 150 vehicles use this stretch of local roadway daily.
The detour for Brier Hill Road, between Hampshire and Pingree Grove, will direct traffic to use Harmony Road and Route 20 in both directions. About 650 vehicles use this stretch of local roadway daily.
The detour for Sandwald Road, between Hampshire and Huntley, will direct traffic to use Jim Dhamer Road, Route 47 and Big Timber Road in both directions. About 450 vehicles use this stretch daily.
The detour for Powers Road, near Gilberts, will direct traffic to use Big Timber Road, Route 72, Higgins Road, Tyrrell Road and Freeman Road in both directions. About 600 vehicles use this stretch daily.
The Illinois Tollway is rebuilding and widening 62 miles along I-90 as a 21st-century, state-of-the-art corridor linking Rockford to O’Hare International Airport. The I-90 corridor from Chicago to Rockford serves nearly 1 million travelers per day.
In 2013, the project involves rebuilding the eastbound lanes between Rockford and Elgin. Work on this segment is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year, with the westbound lanes scheduled to be rebuilt and widened in 2014. Work on the segment of I-90 from Chicago to Elgin is scheduled for 2014-2016.
As many as 30 local crossroad bridges are scheduled to be reconstructed as part of the $2.2 billion I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project. This work is part of the tollway’s 15-year, $12 billion capital program called Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.
Most of I-90’s infrastructure is more than 54 years old. Since it was originally built in the 1950s, residential and commercial growth have strained parts of I-90 beyond its capacity, increasing delays and weakening economic activity. The project will deliver a dramatic facelift to I-90, with four lanes in each direction from the Kennedy Expressway to the Elgin Toll Plaza and three lanes in each direction from the Elgin Toll Plaza to I-39.
The Illinois Tollway has a variety of ways customers can get the latest travel information, including:
www.illinoistollway.com — Construction/Planning section and Tollway Trip Calculator
1-800-TOLL-FYI — Daily lane closure information
www.travelmidwest.com — Real-time travel times
www.nbcchicago.com — Up-to-the-minute traffic by roadway
www.myfoxchicago.com — Latest traffic conditions
www.twitter.com — Real-time roadway incident information at Tollway Trip 90, Tollway Trip 88, Tollway Trip 355 and Tollway Trip 94/294