Inside the Tollway

News, stories and insight from inside the Illinois Tollway.

New Way to Pay Changing the Toll Payment Game

In the eight short months since the Illinois Tollway first introduced Pay By Plate, over one million customers have leveraged the service to pay their tolls seamlessly online.In the wake of a worldwide pandemic, the Illinois Tollway responded with extensive mitigation efforts including the halt to cash toll payments.  With an urgent need to find new ways for customers to pay, the Tollway’s operations and business team accelerated the development of a new technology designed to let...

Time is running out for Illinois Tollway customers to take advantage of the savings offered by the agency’s popular toll violation relief program, which reduces all existing $20 and $50 fines on unpaid tolls to a $3 fee per toll.The violation relief program, which was launched...
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Numerous memorials throughout the Illinois Tollway system serve as reminders of the service and sacrifices of those who have served in the U.S. armed forces. “This Memorial Day, and every day, the Illinois Tollway honors those who have served our country, especially those...
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Tollway provides travel tips to make summer road trips more enjoyable. More than 7 million vehicles are anticipated on the Illinois Tollway system to kick off the summer travel season this Memorial Day weekend from Friday, May 28, through Tuesday, June 1.“As families...
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The Illinois Tollway is passing the 60 percent complete mark on the replacement of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Bridge over the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294), with the placement of the last of the new beams needed to build the bridge to carry commuter...
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“At the end of the day,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director José Alvarez, “these are two structures that are going to be around for decades.”The two structures Alvarez is referring to make up the new Mile Long Bridge on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294).How the bridge is...
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Students still have time to apply for Illinois Tollway summer internship opportunities. The paid internships – scheduled to run from June 21 through August 13 – offer students real-world, hands-on experience in the transportation industry, with guidance from dedicated...
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Imagine the Illinois Tollway rebuilt entirely as one big rollercoaster!  One student at Meadow Glens Elementary School in Naperville asked if that was possible during a presentation by Tollway Project Manager Rick Hanba on how roads are built.  “We’ll get...
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Time is running out for Illinois Tollway customers to take advantage of the savings offered by the agency’s popular toll violation relief program, which reduces all existing $20 and $50 fines on unpaid tolls to a $3 fee per toll.The violation relief program, which was launched...
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Zero injuries in 2020 helped the Rockford maintenance site earn the Illinois Tollway’s annual 2020 Go the Extra Mile for Safety Award, a competition among the agency’s 12 maintenance sites for best safety performance each year.Maintenance workers are responsible for making...
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The Illinois Tollway is joined with other transportation and safety agencies, the construction industry and labor groups this week to urge drivers to take extra precautions to protect workers and themselves as they travel through roadway work zones this construction...
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The Illinois Tollway marked a milestone in April for the multi-year project to complete the interchange finally connecting the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) and I-57. The last construction contract for the $719 million project was awarded to Dunnett Bay Construction Company...
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A spear-wielding troll. Giant ants. Colorfully illuminated trees.Those are some of the sights drivers traveling along the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) just west of the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355) have seen at The Morton Arboretum in west suburban Lisle.The Morton...
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This year, the Illinois Tollway celebrates Earth Day by sharing wildflower seed packets while serving customers, while advancing key contracts that aim to fulfill its commitment to plant 58,000 trees throughout the 294-mile Tollway system. These efforts are being achieved...
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The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors today approved a balanced 2021 Budget with $1.42 billion in revenue allocated to fund maintenance and operations, debt service transfers and capital investments for the 294-mile system. The 2021 Budget will allow the Tollway to commit...
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The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors today approved a balanced 2021 Budget with $1.42 billion in revenue allocated to fund maintenance and operations, debt service transfers and capital investments for the 294-mile system. The 2021 Budget will allow the Tollway to commit...
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The Illinois Tollway has sold $500 million in Toll Highway Senior Revenue Bonds to help fund the agency’s ongoing Move Illinois Capital Program, with yields for the new bonds representing the lowest borrowing cost achieved for any of the nine bond issues offered by the Tollway...
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Recently, the National Safety Council called upon the expertise of the Illinois Tollway and its industry-leading traffic management team to contribute to the national discussion on work zone safety.  A 2020 National Safety Council Green Cross for Safety Award finalist...
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The Illinois Tollway is preparing to open the new northbound Mile Long Bridge to traffic next week, marking the halfway point in the $500 million construction project to deliver the new bridge and a major milestone for the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project. "The Mile...
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The Illinois Tollway today announced that Samantha Cervantes, a sophomore at Thornton Fractional North High School, Calumet City, is the grand prize winner of the 2021 Illinois Tollway Map Cover Art Contest highlighting “Everyday Heroes” who are making a positive impact on...
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