It should be a busy year for road projects in Illinois. What can Illinois residents expect going forward in the year? What are the projects expected to see some traction or keep an eye on in 2013? Sever Storey takes a look at the “13 Projects for ’13.”

1. Jane Addams Memorial Tollway rebuilding

The Illinois Tollway plans to spend about $415 million this year to begin rebuilding and widening the eastbound lanes of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) from Rockford to Elgin.

That’s only the first phase of a $2.2 billion project that, when complete in 2016, will provide eight lanes from the Kennedy Expressway to Randall Road and six lanes from Randall Road to I-39.

Sever Storey Note: Sever Storey attorneys plan to be very active on this project. Look for a seminar in mid-2013.

2. New I-90 interchange at Highway 47

The interchange is expected to open in 2013 on the Addams at Illinois Highway 47 near Huntley.

The $61 million project includes six new ramps with all-electronic toll plazas and a bridge carrying Highway 47 over I-90.

The interchange will feature such green construction elements as a geothermal water piping system, trellised greenery and ramp shoulder pavement that allows stormwater to seep through and reduce runoff, officials said.

Sever Storey Note: Based on research, much of the land acquisition for this project has been completed.

3. Tri-State Tollway (I-294)/I-57 Interchange

Motorists will encounter more road work between the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) and I-57 near Markham as construction begins on ramps connecting the two interstates.

The project is a $719 million joint effort between the tollway and IDOT on a site that is one of only a few places in the U.S. where interstates cross but do not connect.

IDOT started work on its portion last year.

Sever Storey Note: Sever Storey is engaged with several landowners on this, and land acquisition is ongoing. Relocation has become a very large concern for residents on this project.

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