Information about improvements to the
on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90)
in northern Cook County, Illinois 







































Project Overview

Project Costs and Funding

Project Cost Reduction Strategy
As a stand-alone project, this interchange project is estimated to cost $68 million dollars. However, significant cost savings could be realized if the interchange project is constructed with the Illinois Tollway's Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) rebuilding and widening project. If the interchange is improved, the goal of the participating agencies is to construct the interchange project in conjunction with the Tollway's mainline project in 2015 and 2016. The study and design phase of the interchange have been scheduled to meet that goal.

Project Improvements
The project study included the evaluation of split interchange access locations on I-90 with a portion of the access at Higgins Road and another portion at Barrington Road. The selected interchange type did not include access at Higgins Road; however, the need for improvements to Higgins Road were identified.

As a result, two separate projects were delineated during the project study phase. The first project is the Barrington Road interchange, a proposed single point urban interchange (SPUI) which includes:

  1. the reconstruction and widening of Barrington Road from Hassell Road to Central Road (6 lanes to 8 lanes, south of the interchange; 4 lanes to 6 lanes, north of the interchange)
  2. the reconstruction of ramps to and from the east to accommodate the change in interchange type,
  3. the construction of new ramps to and from the west,
  4. the removal and replacement of Barrington Road bridge over I-90,
  5. the construction of a new traffic signal on Barrington Road bridge to serve the SPUI interchange type,
  6. the reconstruction of the existing traffic signals at Hassell Road and Central Road/Studio Drive to accommodate the roadway widening,
  7. the construction of a sidewalk and shared use path on the west and east sides of Barrington Road, respectively, and
  8. the construction of shared use paths in the northeast and southeast quadrants of the interchange to connect the Barrington Road shared use path to Central Road and Pembroke Avenue, respectively. These shared use paths would also connect the Village’s path system to the Pace Park-n-Ride.

The second project is the Higgins Road improvements which includes the widening and resurfacing of Higgins Road from the westernmost intersection of Greenspoint Parkway at Higgins Road to the intersection of Barrington Road. The widening improves the typical section of Higgins Road from 4 lanes to 6 lanes. The traffic signal at the intersection of Higgins Road and Shoe Factory Road / Greenspoint Parkway would be reconstructed to accommodate the widening. A shared use path would also be constructed on the north side of Higgins Road from the Shoe Factory Road intersection to Barrington Road.

Project Costs
The interchange improvement has a total project cost of $68 million, of which $53 million is estimated for construction. The balance of the project cost includes utility adjustments, land acquisition, preliminary engineering, design engineering, and construction engineering. The Higgins Road improvements are estimated to cost another $5 million (construction) in addition to the previously stated costs.

Project Funding
Barrington Road Interchange
The $68 million interchange project includes $40.8 million from the Illinois Tollway, which maintains I-90; $22.2 million from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), which maintains Barrington Road; and $5 million from Hoffman Estates.

The Illinois Tollway share of the funding is part of the Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future, will improve mobility, relieve congestion, reduce pollution, create as many as 120,000 jobs and link economies across the Midwest region. Move Illinois will address the remaining needs of the existing Tollway system; rebuild and widen I-90 as a state-of-the-art 21st century corridor; construct a new interchange to connect the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to I- 57; build a new, all-electronic Elgin O’Hare Western Access and fund planning studies for the Illinois Route 53/120 Project and the Illiana Expressway.

IDOT’s share of the funding is part of Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years. Illinois Jobs Now! is the largest capital construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest capital construction programs in the nation.

Higgins Road Improvements
The Higgins Road Improvements are not currently funded.