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First phase of $2.5 billion Addams Tollway project complete Tuesday

Drivers can have a cup of coffee courtesy of the Illinois Tollway to celebrate the end of a two-year-long project on the Jane Addams on Tuesday.

The project—officially dubbed the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway Rebuilding and Widening—will link Rockford to O’Hare International Airport, according to a statement from the Illinois Tollway.

The Tollway will wrap up construction Tuesday with the completion of work on the western part of the Jane Addams (I-90), the Tollway said. The speed limit will be restored there to 65 mph.

As a gesture of appreciation, the Tollway is giving complimentary small cups of coffee at the McDonalds on the Belvidere Oasis in northwest suburban Belvidere from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

“We thank our customers for their patience and support during the two years of construction to rebuild and widen the 37 miles from Rockford to Elgin,” Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur said in the statement.

All traffic can pass through the three new lanes that were built on I-90 between the Elgin Toll Plaza and I-39 in Rockford, the Illinois Tollway said.

The second phase of the $2.5 billion project is slated to start next spring and will be completed by the end of 2016, the Tollway said. Crews will work to rebuild and widen I-90 between Elgin and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294).