Detour: Lane shifts scheduled for I-90 starting today

We start with two new road developments, one big and one small.

• INTERSTATE 90 LANE SHIFTS: Traffic shifts are scheduled through the month to put I-90 traffic onto eastbound lanes so that work can begin next year on the westbound lanes.

Eastbound traffic will be shifted Sunday evening at the Marengo Toll Plaza. There will be fewer open-road tolling lanes available through November to provide a work zone for the left shoulder and left lane to be rebuilt.

Also watch for lane shifts in a 5-mile stretch near Elgin and a 7-mile stretch near Belvidere.

The new lanes are part of a $2.2 billion rebuilding and widening project between Rockford and Elgin, the first phase of which is wrapping up this construction season. Westbound lanes will be widened next year, and the process will be repeated in 2015 and 2016 for I-90 between Elgin and Chicago.

• AS A REMINDER: Work continues at Route 47 and I-90 south of Huntley to convert it into a full interchange, so watch for delays.

• DARTMOOR BRIDGE: The Dartmoor Drive bridge over Boone Creek will be closed about a week so workers can fill a void between the roadway and the sidewalk curb.

The closure is set for Tuesday and the bridge will stay closed until Oct. 15, weather permitting.

A detour of Crystal Lake, Bull Valley and Curran roads will be posted.

• HILL ROAD: The bridge over the north branch of Nippersink Creek near Richmond, which was closed for almost two years, was reopened to traffic last Tuesday.

• ALGONQUIN WESTERN BYPASS: Watch for workers and delays as workers continue a $33 million project to build a 2-mile, four-lane highway west of downtown Algonquin to relieve congestion on Route 31.

Watch for workers and lane closures along Route 31 and Main Street.

Huntington Drive will remain closed between Circle Drive and South Main Street through next summer. A detour to Edgewood Drive is posted.

• MARENGO WORK DELAYED: The widening of Prospect Street in Marengo has been delayed until next spring because certain utility lines weren’t moved in time. Construction was supposed to start in mid-September.

• CHARLES J. MILLER ROAD: Work is ongoing to create another two-lane span over the Fox River and widen Miller Road to four lanes with dedicated turn lanes from Route 31 to River Road.

The first phase, which consists primarily of building the new span and improving the intersection of Miller and River roads, will cost about $12 million and is anticipated to be finished by the end of October, weather permitting.

• ROUTES 31 AND 176: The $10.18 million widening and modernizing of the intersection of Routes 31 and 176 is ongoing. Anticipate traffic delays, especially during peak travel hours.

• JOHNSBURG ROAD: Only westbound traffic is allowed to travel along the road from Chapel Hill Road to Cherokee Drive. Eastbound traffic is being rerouted through a Route 31, Route 120, Chapel Hill Road detour.

• WATCH FOR RUNNERS: The Dole Mansion Duathlon is scheduled for this morning, so watch for runners along the route in Crystal Lake and Lakewood. Signs are posted on the route as a reminder.

• READ ALL ABOUT IT: You can sign up at to get a weekly email update on road projects throughout construction season. You also can find updates online at NWHerald/construction.

Sources: McHenry County Division of Transportation, Village of Algonquin, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Toll Highway Authority, City of Marengo, City of McHenry

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