Construction on the Genoa Road Interchange Project on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) is scheduled to continue this week with work to begin reconfiguring the interchange to improve traffic flow and increase opportunities for economic development. The interchange will remain open throughout construction, which is scheduled to be completed in 2015.
The first phase of the $13 million Genoa Road Interchange Project was completed earlier this year with the removal and reconstruction of the Genoa Road Bridge carrying traffic over I-90 to accommodate the new, wider roadway being built as part of the $2.5 billion I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project.
During the final phase of construction, the eastbound entrance and exit ramps will be rebuilt as separate ramps on the south side of I-90, eliminating a loop ramp and removing a shared ramp bridge. The new eastbound exit ramp is anticipated to open by the end of this year, with completion of the new eastbound entrance ramp scheduled in 2015. The new configuration will be similar to what is currently in place for westbound entrance and exit ramps on the north side of I-90.
“In response to local requests, we are rebuilding these ramps to improve access for drivers traveling to and from the city of Belvidere and the Boone County area,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur. “Coupled with a new interchange at Irene Road and the rebuilding and widening of I-90, this project will help improve traffic flow for commuters and businesses alike.”
Beginning this week, work will begin by shifting Genoa Road traffic to the west to provide a work zone to begin rebuilding and widening Genoa Road to include new turn lanes and a traffic signal where the new ramps will be built. Traffic on Genoa Road will remain in this configuration until the end of the year.
In addition, lanes reduction and temporary, full roadway closures are scheduled overnight this week to remove overhead electrical lines crossing I-90. Weather permitting, beginning at 12 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, traffic in both directions will be reduced to one lane. Three full closures of 15-minute durations will begin after 1 a.m. and traffic will be restored to two lanes by 5 a.m. in time for the morning rush hour. The same closures will be scheduled to begin at 12 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, if work is not completed Thursday.
Ramp construction will also begin this month with earthwork to prepare to build both of the new ramps. All traffic using the Genoa Road Interchange to travel to and from I-90 will continue to use the existing ramps without disruption until the end of the year.
Construction of the new eastbound exit ramp is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year, along with a temporary eastbound entrance ramp. Once these ramps open to traffic, the existing eastbound exit and entrance ramps will be permanently closed. In 2015, the existing ramps and ramp bridge will be removed and will allow for completion of the new eastbound entrance ramp.
Up to 8,800 vehicles use the Genoa Road Interchange daily, with up to 4,300 vehicles using the eastbound entrance and exit ramps. The Genoa Road Interchange Project is being coordinated with Boone County, the city of Belvidere, Spring and Flora townships and the Illinois Department of Transportation, along with local municipalities, school districts and police and fire departments. The project is part of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project and is funded by the Tollway's 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.