Inside the Tollway

News, stories and insight from inside the Illinois Tollway.

Native-American owned management firm says Aloha to Illinois, joins Tollway’s Partnering for Growth Program

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.  Recently, QRSE Founder and President Kai Nani Kraut identified the Illinois Tollway’s Partnering for Growth Program as a viable path to continue expanding her business in Illinois. She sees the program, which...

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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Illinois Tollway leadership gathered recently with members of its Diversity Advisory Council over breakfast to discuss ongoing diversity initiatives and the positive impact they’re having for small, diverse and veteran-owned firms throughout the region.  Tollway...
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Excessive speeding remains a serious issue on Illinois roadways and across the country. That’s why the Illinois Tollway joined with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and other state law enforcement agencies to promote Speed Awareness...
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Honoring those who gave their lives serving others, the Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police this month dedicated a new granite memorial to fallen ISP District 15 troopers and Tollway workers who have died in the line of duty. “We’ve created a permanent, fitting...
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Dan Rojas feels at home when he drives on the Illinois Tollway system because his asphalt paving company has done so much work as a subcontractor on Tollway reconstruction projects over the last few years.His small business, Metromex Contractors Inc., worked on the interchange...
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The crew at the Illinois Tollway’s Aurora (M-8) maintenance facility doesn’t start each day with a morning meeting; they call it “church” because it’s where they preach about the importance of safety. “We call it ‘church,’ but it’s more like a pre-game pep talk for our...
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With tax season over, a group of more than 100 Chicago-area tax professionals turned their attention from 1040s to 294 in May – as in Interstate 294. The Chicago Tax Club recently invited the Illinois Tollway to provide an in-depth look at the $4 billion Central Tri-State...
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Black leaders in local and state government gathered recently to hear from area transportation officials about funding plans for infrastructure projects and opportunities for diverse firms and individuals to participate in those projects, as well as in leadership positions at...
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The Society of American Military Engineers, Lake Michigan Post, brought together a broad range of government agency officials to discuss the impact of the federal stimulus on the regional transportation network and the highway construction industry. About 75 military and...
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The Illinois Tollway is urging drivers to slow down in construction work zones and avoid distracted driving when traveling this Fourth of July holiday. The Tollway expects 9.6 million vehicles to travel the Tollway system over the long Fourth of July holiday weekend. The...
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A better understanding of the various types of certifications accepted for different types of Tollway contracts – construction, professional engineering services and goods and services – can be a game-changer for small and diverse firms, opening up contract opportunities that...
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The Illinois Tollway has further expanded its I-PASS Assist program to include additional fee dismissal for low-wage working families.  “Over the last several years, the Tollway has reworked its entire model to improve the disparate impact fines and fees have on working...
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Cloudy skies and rain showers couldn’t keep families from flocking to the first Kids Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) event hosted by the Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police since the COVID-19 pandemic forced a two-year pause in the popular summer safety...
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New access poised to fuel economic development and congestion relief in Justice and neighboring communities State and local leaders met today to highlight the long-awaited start of construction on the 88th Cork Avenue Interchange on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), one of...
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The Illinois Tollway expects 7.7 million vehicles to kick off summer with a trip on the Tollway system this Memorial Day weekend between Friday, May 27, and Tuesday, May 31 – a nearly 2 percent increase over last year. “As people begin their summer travels, starting with...
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Nearly 300 transportation industry professionals took the opportunity to meet with the Illinois Tollway’s new leadership duo recently to hear about the Tollway’s priorities and coming projects.Illinois Tollway Chairwoman Dorothy Abreu and Interim Executive Director Lanyea...
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Sprawling construction along the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) and on the new I-490 Tollway is drawing the attention of drivers and media outlets.It’s hard to miss—towering cranes and massive backhoes are common sights for drivers as the Illinois Tollway invests nearly...
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The Illinois Tollway Edens Spur Tollway (I-94) Project will be recognized nationally by the American Council of Engineering Companies for exemplary engineering achievement in 2022.The Edens Spur Project will receive a Special Recognition Award from ACEC National. The project...
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The Illinois Tollway’s TIMS2GO mobile incident response tool has earned the American Public Works Association’s 2022 Technical Innovation Award. The national award recognizes the development, management and implementation of a creative idea, program, process or system...
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