The Elgin O'Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project has the potential to change the face of Illinois' northwest suburbs, the Midwest region and beyond.
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.
As part of the Elgin O'Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project, the Illinois Tollway is completely rebuilding the I-290 Interchange at Illinois Route 390. Scheduled to be complete by the end of 2017, the I-290 Interchange Project will create direct access with free-flow traffic movements to and from Illinois Route 390 in all directions.
In 2014, work began to construct the first of two flyover ramps. The flyover ramp connecting westbound I-290 to Illinois Route 390 is scheduled to open to traffic in 2015. Construction of the second flyover ramp bridge connecting eastbound I-290 to eastbound Illinois Route 390 is scheduled to begin in 2015 and open to traffic in 2017.
Why Use I-PASS?
I-PASS customers get a 50 percent discount on tolls.
- Faster – I-PASS saves drivers an estimated 10 minutes per trip and 2 hours of travel time per week.
- Safer – I-PASS eliminates the challenge of changing lanes to reach the cash lanes at toll plazas.
- Easier – I-PASS frees customers from worrying about finding exact change or remembering to pay their tolls online.
- Greener – I-PASS reduces pollution because customers drive non-stop and avoid idling at tollbooths.
The Illinois Tollway will rebuild and widen the Fox River Bridge in Elgin as part of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project. The $95 million Fox River Bridge Project began in 2014 and is scheduled to be completed in 2016, including construction of two new, wider bridge structures, drainage improvements and replacement of the existing bicycle and pedestrian path under the bridge. Currently, up to 101,300 vehicles travel on the I-90 Fox River Bridge daily.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 or Pay Online 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.
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.
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:
For more information, read the news release.
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