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Illinois Tollway Delivering Two New Interchange Projects to Enhance Mobility in the Western Suburbs

New Tollway access for the Village of Sugar Grove and the City of Marengo will improve regional mobility and support economic development opportunites The Illinois Tollway is opening two new interchanges in the western suburbs to make traveling easier for commuters and commercial vehicles by providing better access to local communities and other major roadways. New ramps at Illinois Route 47 and the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) opened today (December 10), creating a full-access...

The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors today approved a balanced 2020 Budget with $1.54 billion in revenue allocated to fund maintenance and operations, debt service transfers and capital investments for the 294-mile system. In addition, the budget will allow the Tollway to...
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Illinois Tollway employees and our customers gave St. Nick a run for his money this holiday season, swooping in to drop off a record number of toys, games, dolls and bikes at Tollway headquarters for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. When the toys were...
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Sustainability is built into everything we do at the Illinois Tollway. From LEED-certified facilities to environmentally conscious de-icing efforts, the Tollway is constantly looking for ways to make our footprint leaner and greener. In addition to a comprehensive landscaping...
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Winter arrived early this year with a Halloween snowstorm, but the Illinois Tollway was ready to roll, deploying all of its 196 snowplows and opening its Snow Operations Center to clear roads and keep traffic moving.   “We’re committed to serving our customers by...
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Pink will be the color of the day at the Illinois Tollway on October 25 as staff show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many employees will be wearing pink clothing to work as part of the Tollway’s efforts to increase awareness and provide more information...
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The Illinois Tollway collects detailed traffic information from cameras, weather stations, road sensors and, for the first time, Tollway drivers themselves to more efficiently manage traffic flow, reduce congestion and respond more quickly to roadway...
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The Illinois Tollway is upgrading lighting across its system to energy-efficient LED fixtures. By retrofitting existing light fixtures and designing and building new LED fixtures as part of the Move Illinois capital program, the Tollway’s LED lighting efforts...
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Illinois Tollway Senior Project Engineer, Laura Thompson, P.E. (left), with Megan McDonald, P.E., president-elect, Illinois Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers Since coming to work for the Illinois Tollway in 2013, Senior Project...
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Each year the Illinois Tollway gives an opportunity for young artists to show off their creative talents by soliciting artwork for the cover the annual Illinois Tollway system map.  The map itself, which is distributed to Oases and customer service centers across the...
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The Illinois Tollway is asking drivers to help save lives by promising to slow down and move over when they travel through work zones or pass vehicles stopped along the road.   To drive home that message, the Tollway is displaying the National Work Zone Memorial at...
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The Illinois Tollway has been selected as the statewide winner of the Build a Better Mousetrap Competition, which highlights innovative solutions to everyday problems and issues that transportation workers encounter. Administered by the Illinois Department of...
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Governor J.B. Pritzker recently signed a package of legislation to expand Scott’s Law in an effort to protect law enforcement, first responders, road workers and the everyday motorist.  Scott’s Law, sometimes known as the “Move Over” Law, requires drivers to slow down...
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The Illinois Tollway is operating around-the-clock Hot Weather Patrols to more quickly assist customers stranded along its roads during the dangerously high temperatures and humidity expected to continue into the weekend. The Tollway typically operates Hot Weather Patrols to...
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The Illinois Tollway emphasizes safety—that’s why we’re proud to help call attention to the dangers of speeding by participating in the fourth annual Illinois Speed Awareness Day (ISAD) campaign. Drivers who speed have less time to react to other vehicles or objects in the...
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September 15-21 is National Child Passenger Safety Week, and each year agencies and organizations around the country take this opportunity to help educate and promote kids safety in vehicles. For its part, the Illinois Tollway is constantly looking for ways to promote...
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Drivers on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) are getting a front-row view of the construction of a new interchange that will provide more travel options by linking I-90 to the new I-490 Tollway being built along the western edge of O’Hare International Airport. Crews...
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A year after it opened, the innovative Barrington Road Park-n-Ride station is busier than ever as riders use it to hop on and off Pace express buses for convenient, reliable commutes along the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90). Roads & Bridges magazine...
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The Illinois Tollway not only builds and maintains roads — it also enhances the ecosystem around its roads by adding native plants that help support threatened butterflies, bees and other pollinators. The colorful results of that work can be seen springing up all along the...
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The Illinois Tollway has been recognized as having one of the best training programs in the country for the telecommunications dispatchers who handle calls for roadside assistance and emergency situations on the 294-mile Tollway system. The Tollway has become only the 6th...
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