An Illinois Toll Highway Authority board committee has recommended approval of building a long-awaited full interchange at I-90 and Route 47 in Huntley. September 21, 2011 | Michael Smart~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 20, 2012 6:12AM
HUNTLEY — Area residents and businesses will be able to get an update next week on the $69 million Route 47-I-90 interchange project.
The Illinois Tollway and Del Webb’s Sun City will host a presentation and open house Monday for the ongoing project.
The open house will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Sun City Prairie Lodge, 12880 Del Webb Blvd. There will be informational displays and people will be able to ask questions about the project officials say will support economic growth, create jobs and improve access for motorists traveling to and from communities along Route 47.
In addition, a presentation by Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur will highlight the new interchange project, as well as construction activities planned throughout the I-90 corridor. The presentation, hosted by Sun City, will take place at 1 p.m. at Prairie Lodge in the Drendel Ballroom.
“We are excited to talk about this interchange project that will improve the quality of life for residents in Kane and McHenry counties,” Lafleur said in a press release. “Our model for success has been to work in collaboration with local governments and communities, so we appreciate hearing what our customers, residents and businesses have to say about our ongoing work on the this project.”
The interchange project is being built in partnership with the village of Huntley, Kane and McHenry counties and the Illinois Department of Transportation as part of the Tollway’s $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. Construction began in June and the interchange is scheduled to be completed in 2013.
The project will complete the existing partial interchange and includes construction of six new ramps with all-electronic toll plazas and reconstruction of Route 47 over I-90 to provide a full-access interchange.
The project also includes the reconstruction and widening of 1.5 miles of Route 47 from south of Manning Road to north of Jim Dhamer Drive and Freeman Road. In addition, new traffic signals will be installed at the intersection of Route 47 with Jim Dhamer Drive and Freeman Road and at two new signalized intersections at the westbound exit ramp to northbound Route 47 and the eastbound exit ramp to northbound and southbound Route 47.
Rates to be set
A public hearing will be held later this year to set the toll rates at the intersection. Proposed I-PASS toll rates are 30 cents to and from the east and 45 cents to and from the west for passenger vehicles. Proposed rates for trucks range from 60 cents to $1.50 to and from the east and 95 cents to $2.50 to and from the west during daytime hours, with overnight discounts offered.
Customers who wish to pay cash have the option of entering or exiting at the Route 20 interchange four miles to the west or at the Randall Road Interchange five miles to the east.
The Route 47 interchange project is the first project to get underway as part of the Move Illinois Program and is expected to create as many as 390 direct and indirect construction-related jobs, according to the Tollway. A study commissioned by Huntley found the new interchange is estimated to bring nearly 12,000 retail, office and light industrial jobs to the region by 2030.
As the Illinois Tollway’s first “green” interchange, the project features several new green construction initiatives, including a geothermal water piping system that makes use of the earth’s natural heating and cooling abilities to help heat and cool nearby plaza buildings in a more cost-effective and sustainable manner, reflective roofs and trellised vegetation for plaza buildings to further reduce heating and cooling costs, the release said.
Roadway construction for the new interchange also includes the use of recycled materials and warm-mix asphalt, which reduces energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions during production.
In addition, ramp shoulder pavement designed to allow water to seep through and detention basins with filtration systems featured at the new interchange will not only reduce the amount of storm water runoff and lessen the chance of downstream flooding, but also filter out the sediments and pollutants typically discharged from roadway surface water runoff, it said.