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The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority recently approved a $2.1 million contract with an Itasca-based engineering firm, Civiltech Engineering, to design the ramps and prepare construction bid documents for the work.
“To have the tollway approve this is fantastic,” Sugar Grove Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger said. “It’s a huge step forward in the project.”
The undertaking to finish the Sugar Grove Parkway interchange with the Reagan Memorial Tollway will finally give motorists in the Sugar Grove and Elburn areas a tollway connection to and from the east.
Currently, the partial interchange between the parkway and the tollway consists of ramps only on the west side of Route 47.
The tollway board’s action means that the project remains on pace to give motorists the benefits of a full interchange as early as 2020, said Peter Johnston of GRAEF, an engineering consultant working with the village of Sugar Grove.
The work to be performed by Civiltech Engineering is limited to the actual interchange, Johnston said.
Two traffic signals on Route 47, serving the ramp entrances and exits north and south of the tollway, are included in the plan but would not be installed immediately.