Inside the Tollway

News, stories and insight from inside the Illinois Tollway.

TIMS2GO continues to gain industry recognition for innovation

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. The operations category focuses on public agencies that use innovative technologies to improve internal operations. Recognition for TIMS2GO by Government Technology is part of the online publication’s annual Special...

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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The final segment of the new I-294/I-57 Interchange has yet to open but it’s already helped steer millions of square feet of new commercial development to the Chicago Southland communities around it, which in turn have generated thousands of new jobs in the region. New...
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The Illinois Tollway is encouraging drivers traveling over the Labor Day holiday weekend to slow down, be courteous to other motorists and make safety their No. 1 priority when they take to the road so they can safely reach their destinations.Nearly 7.7 million vehicles are...
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When he started Allstate Concrete Cutting more than 10 years ago, Mike Seay operated out of a cramped, 3,500-square-foot shop and relied on a workforce of about 8 employees, who primarily removed old concrete from roads and bridges so they could be rebuilt or replaced.This...
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The Illinois Tollway typically stays in its lane when talking about ongoing construction projects. But the opportunity to do a joint presentation with two of the nation’s largest railroads at one of the biggest rail industry conferences was just the ticket to spotlight...
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The Illinois Tollway’s Roadway Maintenance team received the American Public Works Association 2022 Technical Innovation Award in August for its TIMS2GO Mobile Incident Response Tool. TIMS2GO was highlighted among this year’s APWA Award winners in the August issue of the...
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When Illinois Tollway road worker Keith Olson reached the crash on the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), he faced a chaotic scene that included an SUV flipped on its side and a crumpled convertible with flames six feet high shooting from its hood. A third heavily damaged...
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The Illinois Tollway welcomed an invitation from the American Contract Compliance Association (ACCA) to showcase its Partnering For Growth Program at this year’s National Training Institute in North Carolina.  ACCA is committed to empowering professionals in their...
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The Traffic Safety Challenge is a friendly competition among Illinois law enforcement agencies to annually highlight the great work they’re doing in their communities to successfully identify traffic issues and implement strategies to reduce crashes and related deaths and...
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Continuing Operation Kid 2022, the Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police District 15 are hosting a Kids Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) event on Saturday, August 27, at the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn. The Tollway and District 15 have worked together to...
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On the surface, there may not be a lot of similarities between Hawaii and Illinois. But when QRSE LLC was looking for opportunities to expand its engineering business beyond the Hawaiian Islands, it chose to open an office 4,000-some miles away in the Land of Lincoln....
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It’s been said that engineering is the art and science of nuts and bolts.   So, it was with great interest that a group from the American Society of Civil Engineers, Illinois Section, welcomed Illinois Tollway Interim Executive Director Lanyea Griffin to dig into...
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