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Illinois Tollway Hosts First In-Person Move Illinois Quarterly Meeting Since 2019

A lot has changed since the last time the Illinois Tollway hosted an in-person Move Illinois Quarterly meeting in September 2019. Major projects have been completed, including the Mile Long Bridge and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Bridge projects on the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294), as well as the Tri-State Tollway (I-294)/I-57 Interchange Project. Two new maintenance facilities were built. Tolling reforms were instituted. Pay by Plate rolled out. I-PASS Assist expanded....

The Illinois Tollway, entering the 12th year of its 15-year, $14 billion Move Illinois capital program, continues to make strategic investments in its transportation infrastructure. Foremost among these investments in 2023 is continuing work to rebuild and widen the Central...
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With snow and ice touching much of the state this week, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and Illinois Tollway are reminding the public that it’s time for “Winter Weather – Get it Together.” Because of the nationwide shortage of commercial...
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The regional transportation network in Northern Illinois is continuously growing, improving and evolving to meet the current and future needs of the traveling public. So, having leadership from the Illinois Tollway and other major transportation agencies gathered together...
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When a crash temporarily closed the westbound lanes on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) in McHenry County, a driver veered around four Illinois Tollway trucks stopping traffic, only to slam into another Tollway truck assisting with the crash cleanup.That incident was...
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Registration now open with presentations and resources from leading financial institutions on financial best practices, access to capital, and small business growth strategies The Illinois Tollway is hosting a Building the Road to Success: Financial Planning for Small...
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The *999 motorist assistance program plays an important role in keeping Illinois motorists safe and traffic moving efficiently. As of October 1, the responsibility for fielding *999 calls is with The Chicago Lighthouse, a social service organization that assists those who...
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Illinois Tollway telecommunicators are used to handling emergencies and sending help—they answer 911 calls and other requests for assistance from drivers using the Tollway system. But staffers at the Tollway dispatch center recently responded to an emergency situation far...
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Area high school seniors recently visited several construction sites on the Illinois Tollway system to gain real-world knowledge of what it takes to build roads and bridges.  “This is another way for us to engage the next generation of engineering and transportation...
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An 83-foot-long portable steel safety barrier used by the Illinois Tollway to shield roadway and emergency workers from fast-moving traffic is catching the eye of drivers—and of transportation officials in other states.The sheer size and visibility of the bright yellow...
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The Illinois Tollway’s Toll Operations team is always looking for ways to liven up the workplace, but recently their team used their casual, themed Fridays to call out a cause near to many - October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our team...
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The Illinois Tollway may need a bigger trophy case just for TIMS2GO.   The TIMS2GO mobile incident response tool was recognized by Government Technology magazine as one of its 10 top award winners in the operations category for its National Innovation Showcase....
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The Illinois Tollway recognizes the value of investing for the future, whether it’s building new roads or bridges to improve mobility or adopting new technologies to better manage traffic. Such investments were highlighted at the 71st Annual Illinois Traffic and...
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Balanced spending plan allocates more than $1.55 billion in annual revenue and supports more than $1.47 billion for capital program.The Illinois Tollway introduced a balanced Tentative 2023 Budget with $1.55 billion of revenue today that includes $426.5 million for annual...
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The reconstruction of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Bridge faced numerous challenges.  It’s one of the busiest railway bridges in the region. It crosses one of the busiest sections of interstate highway in Northern Illinois. And its surrounded on...
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Illinois Tollway projects and initiatives are playing in Peoria!  About 300 transportation engineers came down to the River City for the annual fall conference hosted by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois to hear updates on the latest...
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The final Kids Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) event of the year drew parents and their children to Itasca in September, wrapping up the Operation Kid 2022 safety program hosted by the Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police.But the Tollway and Illinois State...
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The Illinois Tollway is preparing to open the new southbound Mile Long Bridge to traffic next week, completing the second phase of the $500 million construction project to deliver the new twin-structure bridge as part of the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294)...
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Looking for a new career path while working for a large consulting firm, Deepi Ahuja saw an opportunity to take a different road that led her back to her roots in the construction industry.Already an engineer, Ahuja—whose family has owned a construction company for...
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Wrapping up Operation Kid 2022, the Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police District 15 are hosting a final Kids Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) event on Saturday, September 24, at the Itasca Fire Protection District in Itasca.The K.I.S.S. event coincides with...
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