Tollway Oases Being Used As Warming Centers


As temperatures drop dangerously low, the Illinois Tollway is opening the doors of its six oases to everyone who needs a place to warm up.

The oases are open around the clock and most have pavilions that offer food, beverage and retail options. All oases have 7-Eleven stores and fuel stations where drivers can top off their tanks or check their vehicles.

Drivers using the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80) can stop at any of four oases: Lake Forest, O’Hare, Hinsdale and Chicago Southland Lincoln in South Holland. There is an oasis on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) in DeKalb and on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) in Belvidere.

The Tollway also provides extra help for stranded drivers during the extreme cold weather, operating 24-hour Zero Weather Road Patrols to more quickly locate and assist drivers whose cars have become disabled.

The patrols search for stranded drivers along the Tollway and respond to calls for help that come in to *999 motorist assistance, Illinois Tollway dispatch or Illinois State Police District 15.

Zero Weather patrols can assist drivers who have flat tires, empty fuel tanks and dead batteries, or transport drivers and passengers to a Tollway oasis or maintenance facility until they can obtain service or arrange a tow. The Zero Weather patrols operate when temperatures and wind chills fall below zero and augment other roadside assistance provided on the Tollway by H.E.L.P. trucks and Illinois State Police patrols.

Stranded drivers can always dial *999 for roadway assistance.

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