New traffic shifts are scheduled to begin next week on I-88 near Aurora and they will continue into the summer for maintenance and repair work.
Illinois Tollway officials say in a statement that beginning next week, two new traffic configurations will be put in place between the Aurora toll plaza and Route 59 in Naperville.
Officials say that signage will be put in place and roadwork will have an impact on traffic in both directions on I-88. All work is weather dependent.
First, in both directions on I-88 just east of Eola Road at the EJ&E Railroad Bridge, one lane of traffic will be shifted to the inside shoulder and two lanes will be shifted to the outside, creating a work zone in the middle for work on the railroad bridge over I-88.
Traffic is scheduled to remain in the configuration for two weeks.
Second, about half a mile east, two eastbound lanes on I-88 will be moved onto the westbound side of the roadway to accommodate the construction work zone for the mainline bridge over the Illinois Prairie Path. The third eastbound lane will be shifted to the left on the inside shoulder of the eastbound side. Three lanes of westbound traffic will remain shifted to the right.
Traffic is scheduled to remain in that configuration through August.
Officials say throughout the work zones, three lanes will be maintained in both directions during peak hours, though, occasional off-peak closures may be needed to complete work.
All exit and entrance ramps will remain open. Additionally, more traffic shifts, officials say, will be needed later in the year to complete more repair work.
That work on roadway, bridges and ramps between the same toll locations is scheduled for completion, sometime in 2021.