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Japanese Engineers And Executives Meet With Illinois Tollway To Exchange Insights On Roadway Maintenance Innovations And Best Practices

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 tackling challenges in Japan. “Exchanging knowledge through meetings like this is a great way for both our agencies to learn from one another so we can continue to grow, innovate and improve,” said Illinois Tollway...

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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The Illinois Tollway is honored to be named 2024 Agency of the Year by the Hispanic American Industry Association (HACIA) for its commendable leadership.  The HACIA Agency of the Year Award recognizes state and local government agencies that have worked in...
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The Illinois Tollway is inviting college students to apply for its 2024 Internship Program with opportunities to learn firsthand about engineering, information technology, finance, communications and many more professional careers in the transportation industry. Eligible...
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The Mile Long Bridge Project on the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) has been voted the best transportation infrastructure project in Illinois through online voting for the Engineering Works Award by the state engineering community and general public.  It’s is one...
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The Illinois Tollway is taking a greater leadership role in the worldwide tolling industry while developing the next generation of leaders.  Executive Director Cassaundra Rouse shared her insights on the tolling industry with a group of nearly 40 emerging toll...
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BackgroundEngineers at The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (“Tollway”) work to improve the region’s evolving transportation infrastructure, increase safety and promote the regional economy by collaborating with regional transportation entities, fostering environmental...
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