I-88 toll station under construction

By Porsche Pryor

Major construction at the Annie Glidden Junction of Interstate 88, taking place June 19 through Aug. 18, could threaten the flow of traffic for next semester’s move-in day.

The toll ramp will close, be completely rebuilt and moved four miles west, said Laurie Hokkanen, DeKalb city transportation planner.

“The new toll plaza will have an open road concept to allow travelers to pass through at 55 mph,” Hokkanen said.

Those preferring to use cash will still have the option.

The toll construction will begin during summer break and should be finished a week before move-in day, but construction around the plaza will still be in progress, she said.

“The building construction will last approximately mid-November,” City Engineer Joel Maurer said.

This project, which will cost about $30 million, is part of the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority’s state-wide effort to decrease tollway congestion, a program called “Open Roads for a Faster Future,” Hokkanen said.

During construction, travelers going in to and out of DeKalb must use alternate routes. The designated detour from I-88 will be set at the Peace Road exit.