294/57 Interchange

I-294/I-57 Interchange Fact Sheet

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The Illinois Tollway and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) are partnering to construct a new, all-electronic interchange to connect the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to I-57.

In 2014, the Tollway will complete the primary interchange connections between I-294 and I-57 and at 147th Street.This work is part of the Tollway's $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Building the Future.

Project Summary

In 2014, the Tollway will complete new ramps to connect northbound I-57 to northbound I-294 and southbound I-294 to southbound I-57, as well as an exit ramp from southbound I-294 to 147th Street and an entrance ramp from 147th Street to northbound I-294. Work includes raising the level of the earth embankment, drainage culvert extension, erosion and sediment control, shoulder removal and replacement, as well as pavement and bridge construction.

In addition to the Tollway's work, IDOT will complete the rebuilding and widening of 147th Street from Kedzie Avenue to Sacramento Avenue and from Mozart Avenue to Dixie Highway/Western Avenue in 2014.

Maintenance of Traffic
Whenever possible, the Tollway uses traffic shifts and shoulders to keep as many lanes open during peak hours as were available before construction.

At I-57, traffic on I-294 is reduced to three lanes with shoulder closures in both directions for about a mile north and south of I-57 for construction of a new ramp from northbound I-57 to northbound I-294.

Traffic is reduced to three lanes in each direction through the construction zone between 159th Street and Kedzie Avenue, with additional off-peak and overnight lane closures as necessary.

Purpose

The I-294/I-57 Interchange Project will relieve congestion on local routes, enhance economic development and improve overall transportation throughout the region.

The project is estimated at $719 million. The Tollway is coordinating work with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).

All-Electronic Interchange

The I-294/I-57 Interchange is one of two new, all-electronic interchanges being constructed as part of Move Illinois. The Illinois Tollway operates the nation's largest electronic tolling system, with more than 86 percent of all toll transactions paid electronically through I-PASS or E-ZPass. I-PASS customers experience faster, safer and more convenient commutes and save time and money.

I-PASS toll rates will be set at 75 cents for cars, and truck rates will range from $1.50 to $4.00 during daytime hours, with overnight discounts offered. Tollway customers who would like to pay cash to travel between I-294 and I-57 can still do so at the 159th Street Ramp Toll Plaza (40) or via the 163rd Street Toll Plaza (41) – these are the routes currently being used today.

Tollway customers driving through an all-electronic interchange without an I-PASS have a seven-day grace period to pay the toll online or by mail. Grace period toll payments are double the I-PASS rates.

For more information about how to obtain an I-PASS

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Land Acquisition

As part of its capital planning process, the Illinois Tollway often seeks to acquire real estate needed for various public purposes, including the construction or expansion of the Tollway system. Land to be purchased by the Tollway is often referred to as right-of-way. The Tollway has adopted policies that provide fair and equitable procedures for the acquisition process.

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Work Zone Safety

Construction zone speed limits are in effect in all construction zones 24/7 and drivers should continue to watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution, especially when workers are present. A 45 mph speed limit will be in place. Visit the Tollway's Work Zone Safety page.

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Tri-State Tollway (I-294)/I-57 Interchange Project Newsletter

The Tri-State Tollway (I-294)/I-57 Interchange Project Newsletter is intended to keep you informed about this important project to build a new interchange in the Chicago Southland.

Learn more about land acquisition.

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Work Zone Safety

Construction zone speed limits are in effect in all construction zones 24/7 and drivers should continue to watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution, especially when workers are present. A 45 mph speed limit will be in place. Visit the Tollway's Work Zone Safety page.

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Tri-State Tollway (I-294)/I-57 Interchange Project Newsletter

The Tri-State Tollway (I-294)/I-57 Interchange Project Newsletter is intended to keep you informed about this important project to build a new interchange in Chicago's Southland.