Contract Awarded for I-88 Interchange, Allowing for Spring Start and 2019 Completion
The long awaited access to and from the east on I-88 at Illinois 47 is about to become reality.
At its November 20 meeting the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors awarded contracts for construction of
the new ramps. Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2019 and be completed before the end of
The Illinois Route 47 interchange project on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) in Sugar Grove will realign existing ramps and build new ramps to create a new, full-access $25 million interchange. The project will also include rehabilitation of the existing Illinois Route 47 bridge over I-88. Existing ramps constructed in the 1970’s only provide for travel to and from the west on I-88. On October 25, 2018, the Illinois Tollway Board of Director’s approved a, multi-party intergovernmental agreement, with the Village of Sugar Grove, Kane County and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), authorizing the financing and construction for a new interchange project to create access into the community and stimulate economic development in the area.
The Sugar Grove Village Board on Nov. 20 authorized the agreement with the Illinois Tollway Authority, IDOT and Kane County, which designates the Tollway as the lead agency for construction of the interchange project. Because construction bids came in lower than expected, the project cost will be significantly lower than the original estimate of $25 million, Village officials announced at the board meeting.
“Due to timing, we [the Village, IDOT, the Tollway Authority and Kane County] were able to save $5 million on the project – $250,000 for the Village,” Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels said. The board approved Village funding for up to $1.25 million of the interchange project cost. Michels said construction will begin in April 2019 and the new ramps will be open in November 2019.
Of the total cost of the project, the Tollway will provide 60-percent and IDOT will contribute up to 25- percent, with the county paying 10-percent and Sugar Grove covering 5-percent. Crown Communities is providing a small amount of land for the new ramps. The Village already has funded the cost of preliminary design and engineering studies for the interchange improvements as required by the Tollway Authority.
“A full-access interchange will put us on the map to kick start economic development and will open up access between the Tollway and along Illinois Route 47, a regional north-south transportation route extending from Wisconsin into Central Illinois,” said Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels. “These are improvements that will benefit the residents and businesses in Sugar Grove as well as Elburn and western Kane County.”