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I-88 resurfacing project to close Annie Glidden ramps

Published: Saturday, March 31, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

An Illinois Tollway resurfacing project of Interstate 88 that starts Sunday will result in the closing of some ramps at Annie Glidden Road and closures at other overpass bridges in DeKalb County as work is done.

The $60.1 million Memorial Tollway Resurfacing Project is scheduled to start Sunday between Illinois Route 56 in North Aurora and Illinois Route 251 in Rochelle to extend the life of the roadway, according to a news release from the Illinois Tollway.

In addition, 16 bridge structures will be rehabilitated, including work requiring the monthlong closure of the eastbound entrance and exit ramps at Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb starting in late May. Traffic will be detoured to the Peace Road interchange during that time.

Full closure of the bridge will allow workers to complete the repairs more quickly and avoid safety and traffic delay complications, according to the news release.

“We understand that the I-88 corridor supports multimodal centers and freight traffic, as well as daily commuters and students traveling to and from Northern Illinois University,” Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur said in the news release. “Repairs and improvements to this 38-mile corridor on the Reagan Memorial Tollway will allow us to continue to provide safe and convenient travel for drivers between Rochelle and the western suburbs.”

Several bridges in DeKalb County also will be affected during construction.

Traffic on South First Street over I-88 in DeKalb will be reduced to one lane in mid-April, with two-way traffic controlled by traffic signals, according to the news release.

Similar closures are scheduled on Somonauk Road south of Cortland in May and on University Road in Malta Township in early summer. All other bridge work will be completed with temporary lane closures.

During construction, the tollway between Illinois Route 56 in North Aurora and Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb will have two lanes of traffic during peak hours with overnight lane closures scheduled.

Work in the section between Annie Glidden Road and Illinois Route 251 in Rochelle will begin by shifting traffic to the left and closing one lane over the bridges. Traffic volumes are lower in this section and one lane may be closed at all times to complete work, according to the Tollway.

Once pre-stage work is complete in both sections, crews will begin work to remove the top 1½-inch layer of existing asphalt and replace it with a new, 2½-inch layer of asphalt. Resurfacing work will start with the right shoulder.

A 45 mph speed limit is in effect in all construction zones whether workers are present or not. Motorists are asked to watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution at all times.

The entire resurfacing project is scheduled to be completed by late fall.

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