Take a Ride on the Tollway's I-90 SmartRoad with Anthony Ponce
The Illinois Tollway’s new I-90 SmartRoad uses the latest technologies to make the roadway safer and more efficient for Illinois Tollway customers, incorporating active traffic management, integrating transit and delivering a 21st century corridor. Watch as former news anchor turned podcaster and ride share driver take a trip along I-90 using this new technology.
Illinois Route 390 Festival & Celebration Recap
On November 1, 2017, the Illinois Tollway opened the new Illinois Route 390 Tollway. To celebrate, the Tollway invited the public to participate in a family-friendly festival, 5K fun run and open bike ride in an event called, Trick, Trot and Roll. This video highlights the celebration and opening ceremonies for the newest addition to the Tollway’s system.
Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294)
The 84-mile-long Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80) is the workhorse of the 294-mile Illinois Tollway system.
At the heart of the Tri-State Tollway is the Central Tri-State (I-294) from Balmoral Avenue to 95th Street. This 22-mile section carries some of the heaviest volume of passenger and freight traffic on the Tollway system, resulting in twice the amount of congestion delays when compared to the entire Tollway system. These congestion delays are estimated to cost drivers $330 million annually in time and fuel.
The Central Tri-State plays an integral role in the region’s economy, as the roadway is central to the region’s transportation network connecting two airports, thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of residents and workers.
2016 marked the fifth anniversary of the Move Illinois Program. Through Move Illinois, the Illinois Tollway is investing in new roads, bridges and interchanges to unlock opportunities for economic development in local communities and across the region and is creating and sustaining jobs for Illinois.
Cashless tolling is underway along the Illinois Route 390 Tollway from Lake Street to I-290.Cashless means no coin baskets or toll booths along the roadway - cash is not accepted. Drivers should use an I-PASS or pay online for tolls within seven days. This is the first, all-electronic roadway on the Illinois Tollway system, which provides for a safer, more efficient and seamless method of collecting tolls from customers.
The fourth year of the Illinois Tollway's capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future, was the largest year of capital spending in agency history. This video showcases the magnitude of work performed in 2015 and demonstrates the Tollway's commitment to its customers by delivering roadway improvements on time and within budget.
The video showcases construction of the new, all-electronic Illinois Route 390 as part of the Elgin O'Hare Western Access Project, including milestone achievements at the I-290 Interchange, in addition to progress on the 25-mile eastern segment of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project. The Tollway, in partnership with several state and local agencies and the transportation industry, is pleased to have made tremendous progress in 2015.
What is SmartRoad?
Scheduled to go live on September 5, 2017, the new I-90 SmartRoad will be using the latest technologies to make the roadway safer and more efficient for Illinois Tollway customers, incorporating active traffic management, integrating transit and delivering a 21st century corridor.
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.
The Fox River Bridge in Elgin was rebuilt and widened 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 was 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.
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 capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Moving the Future.
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Don't forget to update it on your I-PASS account.
Drive on the Tollway knowing your information is up-to-date and your account is in good standing.
Update your account, review transactions, check your balance and add funds using our online account management site.
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.
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.
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.