Videos

Des Plaines Oasis Removal Time-Lapse Video

The Illinois Tollway Des Plaines Oasis over-the-road pavilion was closed and removed in 2014 to allow for a fourth lane to be built in each direction on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) from the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to Elgin. This new capacity will ease congestion and increase safety for drivers on the new, state-of-the-art roadway, which is projected to accommodate up to 30,000 more vehicles per day.

Roof and window removal on the over-the-road pavilion structure began in July. Removal of building's super structure, roof beams and columns were removed next, followed by the bridge deck and floor planks. Finally, the 22 concrete beams supporting the over-the-road structure – each measuring 67-feet-long and weighing approximately 65,000 pounds – were removed in late August.

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Elmhurst Road Interchange Project at I-90 - Diverging Diamond Interchange Simulation

The Elmhurst Road Interchange on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) will be the first diverging diamond interchange constructed by the Illinois Tollway.

This video simulation shows how the design differs from conventional interchanges and demonstrates how the innovative interchange works.

The $54 million Elmhurst Interchange Project is scheduled for completion in 2016 and is part of the $3.4 billion Elgin O'Hare Western Access Project (EOWA), which is included in the Tollway's 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Moving the Future.

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Drop it and Drive

Distracted driving has become an epidemic in Illinois. From 2008 to 2012, nearly 6,000 crashes occurred in which some form of driver distraction involving a cellphone was cited by police. Thirty of them were fatal.

At any given time of day, about 800,000 people are using hand-held cellphones while driving, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. And, drivers using hand-held cellphones are four times more likely to get into a crash that causes injuries.

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Active Traffic Management on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90)

What is Active Traffic Management?

  • High-tech gantries placed every half mile that provide real-time information to alert drivers to:
    • Nature and status of traffic incidents ahead
    • Ability to drive in the shoulder lanes
    • Advisory speeds
    • Proposed alternate routes
    • Real-time lane closures and traffic pattern changes
  • Helps facilitate the flow of cars to allow emergency vehicles to safely navigate the roadways and reach the incident scene more quickly

Move Illinois Progress

The Illinois Tollway achieved several significant milestones in 2013, the second year of its 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. This video shows that the Tollway is getting the job done and delivering roadway improvements that benefit the 1.4 million daily drivers on the Tollway system.

Highlights include making progress on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project, opening the I-90/Illinois Route 47 Interchange in Huntley, moving forward with work in the Tri-State Tollway (I-294)/I-57 Interchange Project and breaking ground on the Elgin O'Hare Western Access Project.

Learn more about the Move Illinois Program.

Learn more about the Elgin O'Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project

Due to the overall magnitude of the project and potential to dramatically improve mobility, freight connectivity and enhance the national and regional economies, the EOWA Project is considered a Project of National and Regional Significance by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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Unpaid Toll? You Have 7 Days to Pay.

We understand that mistakes happen. At times, customers who pay cash may find themselves in an unattended toll plaza lane or in an I-PASS Only lane. If this happens, continue driving forward. Do not back up at any time--it is unsafe. Make note of your location by identifying the toll plaza name or number or the nearest milepost. You will be required to identify the unpaid toll location when submitting your payment. Be sure to go online or pay by mail within the 7-day grace period.

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Take it Easy, Take the Tollway.

This playlist features vintage videos created for the Illinois Tollway in 1959. This series used a character named Mary MacToll that urged customers to "Take it Easy, Take the Tollway."

 

The Big Move: Muon g-2 Ring on its way to Fermilab

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory moved a 50-foot-wide circular electromagnet from Long Island, New York, to the laboratory site in Batavia, Illinois. The Muon g-2 ring traveled via ocean and rivers to Lemont and along interstate routes and through suburban streets to Fermilab. The route included portions of the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355) and the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), along with parts of state routes and several local roads.

For more information, read the news release.

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Balmoral Avenue Bridge Repairs

June 8, 2013: During the overnight hours from midnight into Sunday morning, all northbound lanes on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) between the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) and I-90 were shut down for emergency repairs to the Balmoral Avenue Bridge that was struck by a truck. 

Video highlights include:

  • 12:12 a.m. – Contractor begins beam removal
  • 2:05 a.m. – Beam is down
  • 3:30 a.m. – All lanes open on southbound I-294
  • 5:30 a.m. – Two lanes open on northbound I-294

For more information, read the news release.

 

Commit to Keep Your I-PASS Account Updated

Promise to:

  • Update license plates
  • Update contact information
  • Update credit card information
  • Add funds to my account

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Tri-Level Bridge Time-Lapse Construction

The ramp carrying traffic from eastbound I-190 to westbound I-90 and the ramp carrying traffic from northbound I-294 to westbound I-90 are now open.

 

Earned Credit Program

Learn more about how the Illinois Tollway Earned Credit Program can help your organization.

 

Avoid Violations

I-PASS customers receive more than 700,000 violation notices each year. Avoid violations. Update your account. It's easy. Online or 800-UC-IPASS (800-824-7277).

 

Drive Now. Text Later.

To raise awareness of the dangers of texting while driving in order to reduce the number of cellphone-related accidents on Illinois roadways, agencies statewide are partnering to remind motorists to "Drive Now. Text Later."