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Improving Barrington Rd. interchange

Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
Rendering of the proposed single-point urban interchange at Barrington Road and Interstate 90

The Illinois Tollway Finance Administration Operations Committee last week recommended approval of an intergovernmental agreement authorizing the village of Hoffman Estates to begin engineering plans for improvements to the Barrington Road interchange with Interstate 90.

The recommended improvements are part of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway Rebuilding and Widening Project.

According to a news release from the Illinois Tollway Authority, the Tollway will oversee construction of a new Barrington Road Bridge carrying traffic over Interstate 90 in partnership with Hoffman Estates, which will take the lead on final engineering and design plans.

If approved by the full Tollway Authority Board of Directors, the Tollway will contribute about $1.75 million toward the project, which is estimated to cost $65 to $70 million. The Illinois Department of Transportation has committed to fund up to $18 million on the project, or about 25 percent of its total cost. The remaining funds are to be provided by the village of Hoffman Estates and other sources.

“This project fits with our commitment to make I-90 a state-of-the-art corridor that serves the growing needs of Tollway customers,” Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur said in the news release. “Our work on I-90 provides an opportunity to help plan for a full interchange that will increase regional mobility and fuel continued economic development along the Barrington Road corridor.”

Also from the news release:

The reconstruction of the Barrington Road Bridge over I-90 is included in the Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. The Tollway will build a new bridge to accommodate the widening of I-90, as well as the possible future completion of the existing partial interchange. The bridge is scheduled for completion in 2014. Plans also call for replacing the two ramps by 2016.

The village of Hoffman Estates, in partnership with the Illinois Tollway and IDOT, is currently studying alternatives for construction of a full-access interchange at Barrington Road. Existing ramps only provide access for drivers entering I-90 eastbound and exiting westbound at Barrington Road.

Upgrading the interchange to include an exit ramp for eastbound traffic and an entrance ramp for westbound traffic is expected to address traffic issues.

“When complete, this project will bring more businesses to the village. It will also help reduce emergency response and travel times, as well as allow bicyclists and pedestrians to safely cross I-90,” Hoffman Estates Village President William McLeod said in the news release.

The recommended interchange is called a single point urban interchange. The design modifies a conventional diamond interchange with traffic controlled through a central set of traffic signals, according to the Tollway Authority. A public hearing will be scheduled shortly to announce a final preferred alternative.

The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors is expected to discuss the interchange at its, Thursday, March 28 meeting.

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