I-88 construction to be reined in for holiday travel

November 20, 2018

Construction on Interstate 88 will be restricted in anticipation of some of the busiest travel days of the year on the Illinois tollway system.

Illinois Tollway officials say they expect more than 9 million vehicles traveling on the state’s 294-mile tollway system from Wednesday through Monday, according to a news release. Out of that stretch of time, the heaviest travel is expected Wednesday, with nearly 1.9 million vehicles traveling on the system, which is about 300,000 more cars than an average day.

Illinois Tollway spokesman Dan Rozek said all of the I-88 ramps in DeKalb County will be open for the holiday, and there will be no overnight closures. He said he’s unsure about exact completion deadlines for the ramp construction, since the tollway doesn’t do week-by-week schedules of when each one will be completed.

“We’re still hoping to get them done this year,” Rozek said.

However, Rozek said, the ramp that connects eastbound I-88 to northbound I-355 will have one lane as part of ongoing construction happening throughout the tollway system.

Temporary construction and maintenance lane closures will be suspended from noon Wednesday to 9 a.m. Monday. Work might continue behind barriers with long-term lane closures remaining in place to keep construction projects on schedule, according to the release.

Rozek said two lanes in both directions on I-88 are expected to be reopened between state Route 56 in Sugar Grove and Peace Road in DeKalb. Lane reductions will, however, be in place on the I-88 corridor from Peace Road to state Route 251 in Rochelle.

Tollway officials said traffic also will be shifted in both directions on I-88 between I-290 and York Road. Westbound drivers will need to travel in the right lane to access the cash side of the York Road Toll Plaza, along with the 22nd Street exit ramp.

Illinois Tollway officials also are reminding drivers they are required by law to slow down and change lanes whenever they see any vehicle on the side of the road with emergency or hazard lights flashing.

It looks like Mother Nature will go easy on travelers, as precipitation is first expected in the form of rain Friday, with low temperatures expected to stay well above freezing until Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

Road incidents notifications for I-88 are updated in real time through the Twitter handle @I_88_Tollway.

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