SUGAR GROVE – Construction on the Route 47 Interchange Project on I-88 in Sugar Grove is scheduled to begin the week of April 1, according to a news release from the Illinois Tollway.
The $25 million project is providing a new, full-access interchange and repairing the Illinois Route 47 bridge carrying traffic over I-88 to complete an existing partial interchange that currently only provides access to and from the west.
The release states that the improvements to the Route 47 interchange will open up access between the tollway and Route 47. Work is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year.
Drivers can expect shoulder closures and temporary lane closures on I-88, while traffic is scheduled to be reduced to a single lane in both directions for the removal of the concrete median on Route 47 between Finley Road and Seavey Road.
Once the initial work is complete, permanent lane shifts on I-88 are scheduled to begin and Route 47 will be reduced to one lane in each direction with permanent lane shifts for the duration of the project.
The project will build three new ramps to accommodate travel to and from the east and improve access to westbound I-88 and also reconstruct the two existing ramps carrying traffic to and from westbound I-88. The project also includes rehabilitation of the existing Route 47 bridge carrying traffic over I-88, including a bridge surface overlay, removal of the existing median and reconfiguration of the traffic pattern to improve travel. Additional work also includes roadway lighting and drainage improvements.
The project is funded in part by Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $14 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. The new interchange will be an all-electronic interchange with cashless toll plazas for vehicles with I-PASS located on the ramps carrying traffic to and from the east.
The Illinois Route 47 Interchange Project is being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Kane County, Blackberry Township, the Village of Sugar Grove, as well as local fire and police departments.