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Completion of the full interchange will open ramps both east and west on I-88 at Route 47. (Illinois Tollway photo)

The Illinois Tollway says that on Monday, a new westbound entrance ramp is scheduled to open for drivers at the Route 47 and I-88 interchange in Sugar Grove that is being constructed and that is expected to be fully open by the end of 2019.

Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place in advance, to alert drivers to the new traffic pattern.

During the upcoming week, all traffic on Route 47 is scheduled to shift to the northbound side of the road, with a single lane open in both directions. Once the traffic shift is complete, northbound Route 47 traveling to westbound I-88 will be directed to a new ramp on the right.

Officials say opening the ramp also improves safety, by eliminating the need for a left turn in front of oncoming southbound Route 47 traffic.

The existing ramp carrying traffic to westbound I-88 will remain open for use by southbound Route 47 traffic only.

Construction on the interchange started in April after years of past discussion and planning.

Once completed, motorists will be able to travel to and from both the east and west where Rt.47 meets I-88. Currently residents near Sugar Grove, specifically on the north end of the village and toward Elburn, only have access to I-88 heading westbound.

The roughly $25 million project will realign existing ramps, build new ramps and rehab the current Rt. 47 bridge over I-88. Other work includes roadway lighting and drainage improvements.

Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels told WSPY in 2018 how the project was paid for.

Illinois Tollway officials have said in past that the Rt. 47 interchange will be an all-electronic interchange with cashless toll plazas for vehicles located on the ramps carrying traffic to and from the east.

The Route 47 Interchange Project is being coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Kane County, Blackberry Township, the Village of Sugar Grove, as well as local fire and police departments.