Inside the Tollway

News, stories and insight from inside the Illinois Tollway.

Tollway Senior Project Engineer Named Young Government Civil Engineer of the Year

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 Engineer Laura Thompson has helped complete complex roadway projects, refined the use of sophisticated 3-D modeling for construction design and also found time to mentor students considering careers in engineering. Her...

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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As temperatures drop dangerously low, the Illinois Tollway is opening the doors of its six oases to everyone who needs a place to warm up. The oases are open around the clock and most have pavilions that offer food, beverage and retail options. All oases have...
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The Illinois Tollway staff was devastated this weekend when Illinois State Police District 15 Trooper Christopher Lambert was struck by a vehicle while assisting with a three-vehicle crash on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294). ISP District 15 is the dedicated state police unit...
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Last year, the Illinois Tollway began exploring the possibility of installing in-road charging equipment in the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) so drivers can recharge their electric cars just by traveling over the pavement. It’s an innovative idea—and one that the Chicago...
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Seeks to build upon past accomplishments in eighth year of Move Illinois Program DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway introduced advancements, improvements and innovative new programs in 2018 that promise to deliver exceptional value to Tollway customers in 2019 and for...
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