Sleepy Hollow Road will be closed for two weeks where it passes under I-90,above. | Dave Gathman ~ Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 3, 2013 6:32AM
ELGIN — Sleepy Hollow Road/McLean Boulevard under the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) along Elgin’s northern border is scheduled to close to traffic for two weeks beginning Monday, to accommodate bridge demolition work.
The Illinois Tollway is reconstructing the Sleepy Hollow Road Bridge as part of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project. The Illinois Tollway is rebuilding and widening the eastbound lanes of I-90 between Rockford and Elgin in 2013, including several mainline bridges carrying tollway traffic over local roads and waterways.
The westbound lanes will be completed in 2014.
Sleepy Hollow Road under I-90 is scheduled to close to traffic by 6 a.m. on Monday with local traffic detoured to Route 31. A tollway spokeswoman said a full closure of Sleepy Hollow Road is necessary because the local roadway under I-90 is too narrow to accommodate traffic while completing this work. She said that up to 4,050 vehicles use this stretch of local roadway daily.
The local roadway closure was coordinated with the City of Elgin, the Village of Sleepy Hollow, Dundee Township and the Illinois Department of Transportation, along with other neighboring communities, Sherman Health, school districts, and local police and fire departments.
The spokeswoman noted that a 45 mph speed limit is in effect 24/7 in all construction zones on I-90, whether or not workers are present. 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 remains 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 $10,000 fine and 14-year jail sentence for hitting a roadway worker.
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.twitter.com —Real-time roadway incident information at Tollway Trip 90, Tollway Trip 88, Tollway Trip 355 and Tollway Trip 94/294
The Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $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 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.