Interstate 88 (Illinois)

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Interstate 88 marker

Interstate 88
Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway
Route information
Maintained by IDOT and ISTHA
Length: 140.60 mi[2] (226.27 km)
Existed: July 1987[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: I-80 / IL 5 / IL 92 / IL 110 in East Moline
 
East end: I-290 / I-294 / IL 110 in Hillside
Highway system
IL 84 IL 89

Interstate 88 (I-88) is an Interstate Highway in the US state of Illinois that 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.

History[edit]

Prior to its designation as an Interstate Highway, the route was known as IL 5, and before that, IL 190.

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1987, AASHTO approved the request and assigned the Interstate 88 numbering to the highway.[1] NMSL would be completely repealed only eight years later in 1995, but the I-88 shields remain up to this day, even though Illinois 110 shields are being posted throughout the entire Illinois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 in Naperville, heading east

Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway[edit]

The Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway, originally known as the East-West Tollway, is a toll road in northern Illinois.

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.

Map of the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway, the tolled portion of Interstate 88

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 now 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, 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.

2005-2012 reconstruction[edit]

As a part of its $6.3 billion congestion-relief program, the ISTHA budgeted $991.6 million for I-88.[3] By the end of 2009, $705.8 million in I-88 construction was completed.[4] 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[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).[6] Three lanes of traffic were reconstructed with continuously-reinforced concrete, and a fourth outside travel lane was added as a part of the project.[7]

A fourth lane was added between Finley Road and Illinois 83 (mile 137) from December 2007 to the end of 2009.[8] The portion of I-88 from IL 83 (mile 137) to York Road (mile 139) was widened and reconstructed in 2008–2009.[9]

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.[10][11]

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.[12] Toll booths at this ramp accept only I-Passes, and have no provisions for accepting cash payments.[13][14]

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.[15]

Exit list[edit]

Exits along the tollway are unnumbered east of Aurora.

County Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Rock Island Silvis IL 5 west / IL 92 west – Moline, Rock Island Continuation past I-80; west end of IL 92 overlap
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
2 Old IL 2
Joslin 6 IL 92 east – Joslin East end of IL 92 overlap
Hillsdale 10 Hillsdale, Port Byron
Whiteside Erie 18 Erie, Albany To IL 84
Lyndon 26 IL 78 – Morrison, Prophetstown Former IL 2
Rock Falls 36 US 30 to IL 2 north – Clinton, Rock Falls, Sterling
41 IL 40 – Rock Falls, Sterling, Peoria
44 US 30 – Aurora, Rock Falls
Lee   Wester end of Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway
Dixon 54 IL 26 – Dixon
Dixon toll plaza
Ogle Rochelle 75 IL 251 – Rochelle, Mendota
78 I-39 / US 51 – Rockford, Bloomington, Normal Signed as exits 78A and 78B
DeKalb DeKalb DeKalb toll plaza
91 146 91 To IL 38 / IL 23 / Annie Glidden Road – DeKalb Toll on westbound entrance and eastbound exit ramps
DeKalb Oasis
94 To IL 38 / Peace Road Toll on eastbound entrance and westbound exit ramps
Kane Sugar Grove 109 IL 47 Eastbound exit and westbound entrance only
Aurora 113 IL 56 west to US 30 / IL 47 – Sugar Grove West end of IL 56 overlap; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
North Aurora 115 CR 83 (Orchard Road) Toll on westbound entrance and eastbound exit ramps
116 IL 31 (Lincolnway Street) / IL 56 east – Aurora, Batavia East end of IL 56 overlap; toll on westbound entrance and eastbound exit ramps
Aurora Aurora toll plaza
119 Farnsworth Avenue Toll on eastbound entrance and westbound exit ramps; signed as exits 119A and 119B
DuPage 121 To CR 14 (Eola Road) I-PASS–only on eastbound entrance and westbound exit ramps
Naperville 123 IL 59
Warrenville 125 CR 13 (Winfield Road) Toll on westbound entrance and eastbound exit ramps
Naperville 127 204 127 To Naperville Road (Freedom Drive) Toll on westbound entrance and eastbound exit ramps
Lisle 130 IL 53 (Lincoln Avenue) Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
Downers Grove 131 I-355 (Veterans Memorial Tollway) – Joliet, Northwest Suburbs Signed as exits 131A and 131B
134 CR 9 (Highland Avenue) Toll on westbound entrance and eastbound exit ramps
Oak Brook Meyers Road toll plaza (eastbound)
136 CR 15 (Midwest Road) Eastbound exit and entrance only; toll on eastbound entrance ramp
137A IL 83 (Kingery Highway) No westbound entrance; toll on eastbound entrance ramp
137B To IL 83 north / 22nd Street (Cermak Road) Westbound entrance and exit only; toll on westbound entrance ramp
York Road toll plaza (westbound)
Hillside 138 I-294 south (Tri-State Tollway) – Indiana Eastbound exit and westbound entrance only
140A I-290 west (Eisenhower Expressway) / I-294 north (Tri-State Tollway) / IL 38 (Roosevelt Road) – Chicago, Milwaukee, Rockford Eastern end of Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway
Cook 140B US 12 / US 20 / US 45 (Mannheim Road) Eastbound exit and westbound entrance only
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mehler, Neil H. (July 6, 1987). "Road with Many Names Gets a New One". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 16, 2008. [page needed]
  2. ^ Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2006). "T2 GIS Data". Illinois Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 8, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Congestion-Relief Program Executive Summary" (PDF). Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. September 2007. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ "2010 Budget" (PDF). December 17, 2009. p. 8 7. Retrieved January 2, 2010. 
  5. ^ Google Maps estimate.[unreliable source?]
  6. ^ Staff. "Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), Rebuild & Widen Washington Street to Finley Road & Naperville Road Interchange". Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Archived from the original on April 13, 2008. Retrieved March 10, 2008. 
  7. ^ Kemp, Jan; McGinnis, Joelle (January 5, 2006). "Tollway opens fourth lane on key section of Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88)" (Press release). Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Archived from the original on September 27, 2001. Retrieved March 10, 2008. 
  8. ^ Staff. "Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), Rebuild & Widen Finley Road to IL Route 83". Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Archived from the original on April 13, 2008. Retrieved March 10, 2008. 
  9. ^ Staff. "Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) Rebuild & Widen Project IL Route 83 to York Road and York Road Plaza Rebuild". Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Archived from the original on January 2, 2009. Retrieved March 10, 2008. 
  10. ^ Staff. "Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), Rebuild & Widen Project Aurora Toll Plaza to Orchard Road". Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Archived from the original on April 13, 2008. Retrieved March 10, 2008. 
  11. ^ Staff (December 14, 2009). "Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) Rebuild & Widening Project Complete". Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Retrieved January 2, 2010. [dead link]
  12. ^ Sanchez, Robert (November 20, 2009). "Long-Awaited Eola Road/I-88 Interchange Opens". Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL). Retrieved January 3, 2010. 
  13. ^ Griffin, Jake (April 15, 2009). "Tollway Expects Eola Interchange at I-88 by End of Year". Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL). Retrieved January 2, 2010. 
  14. ^ Smith, Gerry (November 27, 2009). "New I-88 Interchange at Eola Road Opens in Aurora". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 2, 2010. 
  15. ^ Staff (December 21, 2005). "Largest Ever Rubblization & Asphalt Overlay Project a Great Success" (Press release). Antigo Construction. Retrieved January 2, 2010. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing