The Illinois Tollway’s eye-catching new Barrington Road Interchange and in-line transit station for Pace buses is turning heads and making travel faster and easier on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90).
Now, the distinctive $68 million interchange, which is controlled by a single set of traffic signals and includes a 250-foot-long, glass-enclosed walkway over I-90 for Pace riders, is winning awards.
The Barrington Road Interchange Project has been named Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association Chicago Metro Chapter for the benefits it provides drivers and riders and for the collaborative effort by the Tollway and other agencies to build it.
The Tollway partnered with Pace, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Hoffman Estates to fund, design and construct the project, which was completed in 2018. The work was done as part of the Tollway’s landmark decision to invest $240 million to integrate transit in the I-90 corridor, which includes adding inside Flex Lanes to accommodate Pace bus service.
More information on this project can be found here.
The Tollway redesigned and expanded the Barrington Road Interchange to provide full access to I-90, while creating a four-way signalized intersection to improve traffic flow on Barrington Road.
Pace led the design and construction of the new I-90/Barrington Road Transit Station, which includes the region’s first in-line ramps that allow Pace buses to pick up and deliver passengers at the station, then pull directly back onto I-90 without ever leaving the Tollway. The configuration allows faster, more direct access to I-90 for Pace and its passengers.
The station also includes a 170-space parking lot, two pedestrian underpasses and the overhead walkway that allows Pace riders to reach buses from either side of I-90.
The Barrington Road Project prompted Pace to launch the largest expansion of service in its history, adding six new routes and enhancing service on six others. Since the completion of the project, pace ridership on the I-90 corridor has increased by 22 percent on weekdays and 25 percent on Saturdays.
Click here to read more about other exciting Tollway interchange projects, including the new interchange that will be built on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) at 88th Avenue/Cork Avenue in Justice.
More information about the Tollway policy for constructing interchanges can be found here.