Reagan Memorial Tollway resurfacing project starts April 1
The Annie Glidden Road Bridge over I-88 will close for one month from late May to late June. Full closure of the bridge will allow the Tollway to complete the repairs in a shorter timeframe and will avoid safety and traffic delay complications. While the Annie Glidden Road Bridge is closed, traffic entering and exiting eastbound I-88 will be detoured to the Peace Road interchange to the east.
The Main Street Bridge over I-88 in Rochelle will be closed for several weeks starting in mid- to late April in order to reduce construction times. Traffic will be detoured to Illinois Route 251 to the west during this period.
Additionally, traffic on South 1st Street over I-88 in DeKalb will be reduced to one lane in mid-April with two-way traffic controlled by traffic signals. Similar closures are also 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.
Tollway bridges over local roads and waterways that will be repaired include: Illinois Route 251, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, Caron Road, Kishwaukee River, Youngs Creek and the tributary to Big Rock Creek. Crossroad bridges over the Illinois Tollway include: Main Street in Rochelle, University Road, Annie Glidden Road, South 1st Street, Somonauk Road, Keslinger Road, West County Line Road, Dauberman Road and Main Street in Kaneville Township.
Work Zone Safety
A 45 mph speed limit is in effect 24/7 in all construction zones, whether or not workers are present. Drivers should continue to watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution at all times.
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 Tollway says it is committed to “Building Green” and minimizing the environmental impact of construction by reducing, recycling and reusing materials. The new asphalt overlay on the Reagan Memorial Tollway will incorporate recycled materials including warm mix asphalt, reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP), ground tire rubber and recycled asphalt shingles, according to the Illinois Tollway Authority. In addition to reducing the cost of this work, reuse of these materials reduces the need for virgin asphalt materials and the volume of material that would otherwise be sent to landfills.
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