National Outstanding Project and Leader Award Winner

The Illinois Tollway builds and operates great roads because it has great engineers—and the awards they’ve won prove it. Chief Engineering Officer Paul Kovacs is the latest Tollway engineer to be honored, receiving the 2019 national Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Award in the government category presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers.  Kovacs, the longest serving chief engineering officer in Tollway history, is being recognized for his career accomplishments, which include managing the agency’s 15-year, $14 billion Move Illinois capital program, which is expanding, rebuilding and reshaping the Tollway system.  Launched in 2012, the first seven years of Move Illinois are on schedule and within budget, delivering the new Illinois Route 390 Tollway, a widened and rebuilt Jane Addams Memorial Tollway with a new SmartRoad corridor, as well as opening a new interchange connecting the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to I-57. The award honors Kovacs for his success in integrating innovation and new technology into roadway projects and for anticipating the future needs of Tollway drivers as well as for creating more opportunities for small, diverse and veteran-owned firms to participate on Tollway projects. He joined the Tollway in 1999 as a senior project engineer managing Tollway bridge, roadway and interchange projects and later oversaw the systemwide work to remove conventional toll booths and install next-generation open road tolling plazas. He became chief engineering officer in 2007, managing all design and construction operations on the Tollway’s 294-mile system that serves more than 1.6 million daily users.

Barrington Road Interchange Is Making Travel Better

The Illinois Tollway’s eye-catching new Barrington Road Interchange and in-line transit station for Pace buses is turning heads and making travel faster and easier on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90). Now, the distinctive $68 million interchange, which...

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Tollway Kicks Off 2018 Annual Report

Every year, the Illinois Tollway submits its annual report to the state of Illinois by March 15 in accordance with the Toll Highway Act. This year, the Tollway prepared a digital report where sections are being previewed on social media channels and posted on the Tollway’s...

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Shape the Future of Regional Travel And Earn $50

When you travel around the Chicago area, do you go by car, train, bus or bike? Sharing that information with the Chicago Metropolitan  Agency for Planning (CMAP) will earn you $50—and help shape future transportation projects in northeastern...

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Stay Safe In The Cold

The Illinois Tollway steps up when temperatures fall. The Tollway operates around-the-clock Zero Weather Road Patrols during dangerously cold weather to provide extra protection for stranded drivers. The 24-hour patrols search for drivers stranded in...

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