By Associated Press - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Tollway is opening three lanes of roadway in each direction between Rockford and Elgin as part of a $2.5 billion rebuilding project.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the development Tuesday. Officials say the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway - also known as Interstate 90 - will be a state-of-the-art road from Interstate 294 to Interstate 39.

The first phase of the project is near completion. Thirty-seven miles of road have been rebuilt and widened to three lanes in each direction.

Construction of the segment from Randall Road in Elgin to I-294 should be complete by the end of 2016.

Authorities say more than 8,000 jobs have been created or sustained as part of the 62-mile project in northern Illinois.

The Addams Tollway is 56 years old.

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