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Welcome to IL Route 53 (Rohlwing Road)
Reconstruction and Widening Website!

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) plans to reconstruct and widen Illinois Route 53 (Rohlwing Road) from Army Trail Road on the southern limits to the Elgin O’ Hare Expressway on the northern limits. Illinois Route 53 needs improvement due to high traffic volumes, high crash rates, and increased accidents during the past few years. IDOT will construct additional thru lanes and turning lanes along the Illinois Route 53 corridor.

The purpose of the $45.5 million dollar project is to enhance the flow of traffic and reduce the potential for accidents. The goal of Illinois Route 53 (Rohlwing Road) reconstruction is to provide a safer ride for the motoring public. Motorists should expect delays and use caution when workers are present. IDOT suggests using alternate routes and public transportation.

Project Start: August 29, 2011
Project End: December 23, 2013
Project Cost: $45,475,053.19
Project Length: 4.1 miles
Project Villages: Addison, Itasca
Project County: DuPage

This site has been created to facilitate public input and provide information about the project and schedule. We invite you to explore the site and provide your comments and concerns regarding the project through our “Contact Us” section.

This site will be updated periodically as the project progresses. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) wishes to thank you for your support and patience.


Illinois Route 53 Newsletter

UPDATE – May 2012

Stage 1 construction continues along IL 53 from south of Army Trail Road to south of Lake Street, and on Army Trail Road east & west of IL 53.

Stage 1 configuration: traffic on temporary lanes on the west half of IL 53 with the work zone on the east half to reconstruct the northbound lanes, and traffic on temporary lanes on the north half of Army Trail Road with the work zone on the south half to reconstruct the eastbound lanes.

At this date, a schedule for completing IL 53 from south of Army Trail Road to south of Lake Street has not been determined.

At this date, a schedule for staging IL 53 from Lake Street to Elgin-O’Hare Expressway has not been determined.

Utility relocations continue at various locations from Lake Street to Elgin-O’Hare Expressway.

Project completion date has been revised to December 23, 2013.


Did you know work zone fatalities are down 29.6 percent compared to 2003? Aggressive law enforcement and awareness campaigns and significant improvements to work zone safety traffic control reduced Illinois work zone fatalities from 44 in 2003, including 5 workers, to provisionally 30 with 3 workers killed in 2010.
So, Give ‘em a brake…slow down for their sake and yours!

IDOT appreciates your patience and understanding as we work to improve the roadways in your community.


IDOT's new website provides up to date information on all current active construction contracts, including those funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, after contract execution.


If you are a small business and are interested in work on road construction projects with IDOT, click here for information on IDOT’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program.


If you have a specific project-related question, please submit your question by visiting IDOT’s website and complete the email form to receive a prompt response.

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