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Illinois Tollway Reminds Drivers Traveling During Fourth of July Holiday To Travel Safely By Avoiding Distracted Driving

The Illinois Tollway is urging drivers to avoid distracted driving by putting away cellphones and other electronic devices when they get behind the wheel this Fourth of July holiday. The Illinois Tollway expects nearly 9.3 million vehicles to travel the system over the six-day Fourth of July holiday weekend between Wednesday, July 3, and Monday, July 8. The heaviest travel is expected on Wednesday, July 3, when 1.9 million vehicles are projected to use the 294-mile Tollway system....

The Illinois Tollway continues to nurture the next generation of engineers and transportation industry professionals through its internship program.  “As part of our efforts to build a pipeline of future leaders, we are providing our interns with opportunities to...
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They’re a familiar sight on the Illinois Tollway, but the Highway Emergency Lane Patrol (H.E.L.P.) trucks are getting a new look and additional features to allow Tollway workers to more safely assist drivers, remove roadway debris and respond to traffic incidents. The...
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Illinois Tollway Announces Participation in IBTTA Be Safe Together Road Safety Campaign and Global Road Safety Week As a member of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), the Illinois Tollway is joining a new global road safety campaign to...
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A who’s who of transportation and tolling industry experts and professionals – individuals and organizations – came together in Maryland this month to further the common goal of working to move the needle on new solutions for improving roadside and back-office financial...
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A delegation of about 20 engineers and executive from the Express Highway Research Foundation of Japan recently visited the Illinois Tollway in Downers Grove to learn about Tollway roadway maintenance and incident management operations and to share details about how they are...
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Illinois Tollway Executive Director Cassaundra Rouse joined the engineering project team for the Mile Long Bridge Project in accepting a National Recognition Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies at the annual ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards Gala earlier...
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The Illinois Tollway is launching the summer travel season by introducing a new mapping feature on the Official Illinois Tollway App in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend to help drivers plan their travels and determine what they will pay in tolls before they hit the...
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Rows of shiny, steel beams rising over the central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) just south of O’Hare International Airport mark the latest phase of a massive Illinois Tollway project to build a new toll road that will provide western access for the airport.The beams bridging the...
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Illinois Tollway leadership attended the prestigious Technology Summit hosted by the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, sharing their technical expertise while also learning about best practices from other toll agencies and industry experts.  The...
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Providing high school students with hands-on experiences and exposure to real-world construction projects is paramount to building the pipeline of future engineering professionals, carpenters, electricians, and mechanics.  More than just a field trip, the Illinois...
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Illinois Tollway Maintenance Section Manager Brian Fuqua and Maintenance Section Supervisor Aaron Myers give staff at the Rockford (M-7) maintenance facility a lot of leeway in performing their duties as long as it can be done safely. Equipment laborer operators are asked...
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With drones becoming increasingly popular tools on construction projects, the Illinois Tollway partnered with software and equipment manufacturers to conduct a drone training workshop as part of the Tollway’s Emerging Technology initiative.  Approximately 70...
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In celebration of Earth Day, the Illinois Tollway recognizes the critical role sustainability plays in every aspect of our day-to-day operations. As part of our commitment to being a leader in sustainability, the Tollway performs and promotes a wide range of eco-friendly...
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Illinois Tollway public safety telecommunicators are often called the “first” first responders. They’re the ones who answer 911 calls for emergency assistance, making them a critical first point of contact when anyone is in urgent need on the Illinois Tollway. “We...
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With another historic construction season underway in Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, Illinois Tollway, industry partners and frontline construction workers today teamed up for National Work Zone Awareness Week to remind the public...
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Illinois Tollway Executive Director Cassaundra Rouse today announced the creation of a Stakeholder Advisory Team responsible for advising and providing recommendations to the agency as it develops the next capital plan and provide a framework to advance its long-term capital...
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Roz Varon, Chicago’s first morning news TV traffic reporter, is bidding farewell after an impressive 35 years at ABC7.  Notably, she holds the distinction of being Chicago’s first TV traffic reporter on the morning news and one of the earliest TV traffic reporters in the...
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The Illinois Tollway’s Alsip M-1 maintenance site staff recently opened their doors to students from Olive-Harvey College to introduce them to career opportunities offered by the Tollway and the transportation industry. Students enrolled in the Automotive Technology...
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The Illinois Tollway is expanding its successful Job Order Contracting Program, including creating a new component that provides more opportunities for smaller firms to take on construction and repair work for the agency. The new Small Business Initiative levels the...
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