Interstate 88 (Illinois)
|Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway|
|Maintained by IDOT and ISTHA|
|Length:||140.60 mi (226.27 km)|
|Existed:||July 1987 – present|
|West end:||I-80 / IL 5 / IL 92 / IL 110 in East Moline|
|East end:||I-290 / I-294 / IL 110 in Hillside|
Interstate 88 (I-88) is an intrastate Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Illinois. It runs from an interchange with I-80 near Silvis and Moline to an interchange with I-290 and I-294 in Hillside, near Chicago. I-88 is 140.60 miles (226.27 km) long. This route is not contiguous to I-88 in New York. Since 2010, all of I-88 is part of the Chicago–Kansas City Expressway.
The reason for I-88's original designation and continued existence as an Interstate has to do with a technicality in the old National Maximum Speed Law (NMSL). Originally passed in 1973, NMSL was amended in 1987 to permit 65 mph (105 km/h) speed limits on rural stretches of Interstate Highways only. In spite of the fact that IL 5 was fully up to Interstate standards, it still had to carry a 55 mph (90 km/h) limit because of this wording in NMSL. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (ISTHA) petitioned the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) to re-designate IL 5 as an Interstate, and in 1987, AASHTO approved the request and assigned the Interstate 88 numbering to the highway. NMSL would be completely repealed only eight years later in 1995, but the I-88 shields remain up to this day, even though Illinois 110 shields are being posted throughout the entire Illinois I-88, since it is now part of the Chicago to Kansas City Expressway project, bannered with special "CKC" logos.
Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway
Opened November 21, 1958, it was initially designated as U.S. Route 30 Toll, and later Illinois Route 190. The original routing extended from the Interstate 294 interchange near Hillside to Illinois Route 47 near Sugar Grove. Illinois Route 56 was overlapped on the East-West Tollway between North Aurora and Sugar Grove in 1965. That length of Route 56 makes it the only state road to be concurrent with one of the tollways of the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority.
When the East-West Tollway was extended to Dixon, Illinois in the 1970s, the Illinois 190 numbering was removed from the stretch between Aurora and Sugar Grove, making that section strictly Illinois 56. Once complete, the new routing of the combined tollway and freeway between Interstate 80 near the Quad Cities and Interstate 294 became designated as Illinois Route 5. In the late 1980s, it was renumbered as Interstate 88.
The road is officially a tollway east of Rock Falls, IL, starting at the intersection with U.S. Route 30 at mile marker 44, to its terminus near Hillside. West of U.S. 30 to Interstate 80, Interstate 88 is a freeway. The tollway portion is 96 miles (154 km) long.
After the death of Illinois native and former President Ronald Reagan in 2004, the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority voted to rename the toll roadway "Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway" in his memory, as it passes near his birthplace of Tampico and grazes the south outskirts of his boyhood hometown of Dixon. The tollway portion of I-88 was previously known as the "East West Tollway" and is still displayed as such on some signs near Chicago.
There is no direct off-ramp access to U.S. Route 52, Illinois Route 23, Illinois Route 25, and Illinois Route 83 (northbound). In addition, I-88 merges with Illinois Route 56 for a short distance. During the merge, Illinois 56 is the only tolled state route in Illinois.
Although a federal law, 23 U.S.C. § 111, prohibits the operation of commercial rest areas constructed after January 1, 1960, on interstate highways, the DeKalb oasis was constructed at milepost 93 in 1975, prior to the route's designation as I-88 and remains in operation.
As of 2010[update], I-88 has no spur routes. None are planned for the near future. The proposed Prairie Parkway limited access highway will terminate at its north end via an interchange with I-88 near Kaneville, west of Illinois Route 47.
As a part of its $6.3 billion congestion-relief program, the ISTHA budgeted $991.6 million for I-88. By the end of 2009, $705.8 million in I-88 construction was completed. In 2005, ISTHA initiated a reconstruction and widening project for most of I-88 between Sugar Grove and York Road, a distance of 25 miles (40 km). On January 5, 2006 a fourth lane opened between Illinois 59 (mile 123.5) and Washington Street (mile 126.5), about 3 miles (5 km). In total, 5.7 miles (9.2 km) of roadway will be reconstructed, with construction continuing through 2008 from Washington Street to Finley Road(mile 131). Three lanes of traffic were reconstructed with continuously-reinforced concrete, and a fourth outside travel lane was added as a part of the project.
A fourth lane was added between Finley Road and Illinois 83 (mile 137) from December 2007 to the end of 2009. The portion of I-88 from IL 83 (mile 137) to York Road (mile 139) was widened and reconstructed in 2008–2009.
On the western portion of the work zone, I-88 was widened to three lanes between Orchard Road (mile 115) and the Aurora Toll Plaza (mile 117.5), a distance of 3.4 miles (5.5 km). This includes a new bridge over the Fox River, reconstruction of the interchange with Illinois Route 31, and removal of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe bridge just west of IL 31.
A $36 million interchange at Eola Road in Aurora opened on November 20, 2009 after approximately ten years of planning and less than one year of actual construction. Toll booths at this ramp accept only I-Passes, and have no provisions for accepting cash payments.
In 2012, I-88 was reconstructed and widened to three lanes from Orchard Road to IL-56. It was resurfaced between IL-56 and IL-251 the same year. The repaving used a new construction technique called rubblization, where a new base for the road is created by recycling the existing pavement into a high-quality aggregate. Cost savings occur because the old pavement does not have to be hauled away, and base materials do not have to be brought in. This project was the first wide-scale use of rubblization equipment.
Exits along the tollway are unnumbered east of Aurora.
||Silvis||IL 5 west / IL 92 west – Moline, Rock Island||Continuation past I-80; west end of IL 92 overlap|
|0.5||0.8||1||I-80 / IL 110 west to I-74 – Peoria, Des Moines||Signed as exits 1A (east) and 1B (west); west end of IL 110 overlap|
|1||2||2||Old IL 2|
|Joslin||6||10||6||IL 92 east – Joslin||East end of IL 92 overlap|
|Hillsdale||10||16||10||Hillsdale, Port Byron|
||Erie||17.5||28.2||18||Erie, Albany||To IL 84|
|Lyndon||26||42||26||IL 78 – Morrison, Prophetstown||Former IL 2|
|Rock Falls||36||58||36||US 30 to IL 2 north – Clinton, Rock Falls, Sterling|
|41||66||41||IL 40 – Rock Falls, Sterling, Peoria|
|44||71||44||US 30 – Aurora, Rock Falls|
||44.5||71.6||Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway begins|
|Dixon||54.5||87.7||IL 26 – Dixon|
|56.5||90.9||Dixon toll plaza|
||Rochelle||76||122||IL 251 – Rochelle, Mendota|
|78.5||126.3||I-39 / US 51 – Rockford, Bloomington, Normal|
||DeKalb||86||138||DeKalb toll plaza|
|91.5||147.3||To IL 38 / IL 23 / Annie Glidden Road – DeKalb||Toll on westbound entrance and eastbound exit ramps|
|94||151||To IL 38 / Peace Road||Toll on eastbound entrance and westbound exit ramps|
||Sugar Grove||109.5||176.2||IL 47||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance only|
|Aurora||113.5||182.7||IL 56 west to US 30 / IL 47 – Sugar Grove||West end of IL 56 overlap; westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|North Aurora||115||185||CR 83 (Orchard Road)||Toll on westbound entrance and eastbound exit ramps|
|117||188||IL 31 (Lincolnway Street) / IL 56 east – Aurora, Batavia||East end of IL 56 overlap; toll on westbound entrance and eastbound exit ramps|
|Aurora||117.5||189.1||Aurora toll plaza|
|119||192||Farnsworth Avenue||Toll on eastbound entrance and westbound exit ramps|
||121||195||To CR 14 (Eola Road)||I-PASS–only on eastbound entrance and westbound exit ramps|
|Warrenville||125||201||CR 13 (Winfield Road)||Toll on westbound entrance and eastbound exit ramps|
|Naperville||128||206||To Naperville Road (Freedom Drive)||Toll on westbound entrance and eastbound exit ramps|
|Lisle||130||209||IL 53 (Lincoln Avenue)||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only|
|Downers Grove||131||211||I-355 (Veterans Memorial Tollway) – Joliet, Northwest Suburbs|
|134.5||216.5||CR 9 (Highland Avenue)||Toll on westbound entrance and eastbound exit ramps|
|Oak Brook||135||217||Meyers Road toll plaza (eastbound)|
|136.5||219.7||CR 15 (Midwest Road)||Eastbound exit and entrance only; toll on eastbound entrance ramp|
|137||220||IL 83 (Kingery Highway)||No westbound entrance; toll on eastbound entrance ramp|
|137.5||221.3||22nd Street (Cermak Road) to IL 83||Westbound entrance and exit only; toll on westbound entrance ramp|
|138||222||York Road toll plaza (westbound)|
|Hillside||138.5||222.9||I-294 south (Tri-State Tollway) – Indiana||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance only|
||140||225||I-290 west (Eisenhower Expressway) / I-294 north (Tri-State Tollway) / IL 38 (Roosevelt Road) – Chicago, Milwaukee, Rockford||Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway ends|
|140.5||226.1||US 12 / US 20 / US 45 (Mannheim Road)||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance only|
|140.5||226.1||I-290 (Eisenhower Expressway) / IL 110 east – Chicago||Continuation past I-294; east end of IL 110 overlap|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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- "Congestion-Relief Program Executive Summary". Illinois Tollway. State of Illinois. September 2007. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
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- Google Maps estimate.
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- Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. "Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), Rebuild & Widen Project Aurora Toll Plaza to Orchard Road". Retrieved 2008-03-10.
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- Smith, Gerry (November 27, 2009). "New I-88 interchange at Eola Road opens in Aurora". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2010-01-02.
- "Largest Ever Rubblization & Asphalt Overlay Project a Great Success". December 21, 2005. Retrieved 2010-01-02.
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