A press release from State Rep. Mike Tryon:
State Rep. Mike Tryon Joins Governor Quinn for I-90-Route 47 Full Interchange Ground Breaking
HUNTLEY…..State Representative Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake) joined Governor Pat Quinn in Huntley on Monday for the official ground breaking for the long-awaited full interchange at Interstate I-90 and Route 47.
Tryon, a long-time proponent of the project, said he was pleased to see the project finally getting underway.
“The construction of a full-access interchange at I-90 and Route 47 in Huntley is an issue I have been working on since I became a State Representative in 2004,” Tryon said. “Today is a great day for the Village of Huntley, and also for McHenry and Kane Counties.”
The estimated cost for the interchange is $69 million, and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will pay half of the costs. McHenry County, Kane County and the Village of Huntley will split the bill for the remaining costs.
IDOT predicts a summer of 2013 completion date for the project.
The project will include the construction of six new ramps with all-electronic toll plazas, construction of a new seven-lane bridge carrying Route 47 over Interstate I-90, and many traffic signal and lighting improvements.
“Making this project a reality really was a team effort,” said Tryon. “Officials from the Village of Huntley, from McHenry and Kane Counties, and from IDOT are all to be commended on the work that led to today’s groundbreaking.”
Today, the intersection offers only a partial interchange, with ramp access for motorists traveling to and from the east on I-90 only.
According to Tryon, at least one lane in each direction of moving traffic will remain open throughout the period of construction.
“This interchange project will have a tremendous impact on the economic development of the Route 47 corridor through Huntley,” said Tryon.
“With full access in both directions, Huntley is going to become a much sought-after location for businesses, restaurants and all kinds of economic activity.”