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Illinois Tollway’s 2022 construction grabbing headlines

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 $1.5 billion in 2022 to improve and expand its system, with much of that work occurring along I-294, where the agency is widening and reconstructing 22 miles of roadway between Rosemont and Oak Lawn.More work is underway to...

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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Looking for ways to contribute or engage in this year’s Earth Day?  Here are some ideas from across the region.  Also, take a moment to read about the Tollway’s fulfillment of our commitment to plant 58,000 trees as a part of our Move Illinois landscape master plan,...
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In partnership with Inner-City Underwriting Agency Inc. and the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Tollway is relaunching its Technical Assistance Program to help small, diverse and veteran-owned firms learn how to succeed in doing business with the...
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Another historic year of construction means extra attention required at all times. With construction season ramping up across the state, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, Illinois Tollway, industry partners and frontline construction...
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Illinois Tollway projects aren’t always about roads and bridges; some Tollway projects are about wetlands, woodlands and recreational trails. When infrastructure projects intersect with nature, however, transportation agencies are required to mitigate the impact on the...
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The Illinois Tollway has been at the forefront of developing Building Information Modeling – or BIM – and the use of digital files for deliverables in design and construction. BIM enables engineers to create 3-D models of projects and then integrate the digital files...
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Along with its annual summer Professional Services Internship Program, the Illinois Tollway is offering a unique, year-long Engineering Cooperative Education Program to enable college students to gain hands-on experience in the transportation industry.Interested students can...
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The Illinois Tollway is doing its part to advance the state’s reputation as the nation’s most important transportation hub. At the annual Illinois Transportation and Highway Engineering Conference in Champaign, Tollway staff highlighted continued investments in...
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As Dorothy Abreu prepares to take her seat for her first meeting in March, the Illinois Tollway’s newBoard Chairwoman brings with her with more than 20 years of experience in financial services, significant public sector experience and an active track record of community...
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The Illinois Tollway is celebrating Engineers Week by participating in activities that set the groundwork to get students interested in engineering careers, help recruit new talent to positions at the Tollway and support contractors and engineers that do business with the...
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Agreement includes land and design parameters necessary to protect airport and ensure access during construction. The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors announced a key agreement with the City of Chicago necessary to construct the new I-490 Tollway – and complete the...
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Drivers reminded to reduce speed and move over for vehicles stopped along the road.  The Illinois Tollway is deploying its full fleet of 196 snowplows in response to freezing rain, sleet and snow expected to move into the area early Thursday, possibly creating...
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Drivers reminded to slow down, allow extra room for plows and emergency vehicles.The Illinois Tollway is mobilizing its full fleet of 196 snowplows in response to sleet and snow moving into the area tonight and continuing through Wednesday, possibly causing variable pavement...
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The beginning of the new year was a chance for the Illinois Tollway to not only share future priorities, but also recognize the contributions of Illinois’ engineering community towards the progress made across the region on the Tollway system.  Illinois Tollway Executive...
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The Illinois Tollway provided up-and-coming engineering professionals with an in-depth look at the various ways transportation agencies can work in collaboration with local municipalities and other agencies to address regional transportation challenges.  The American...
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When winter temperatures plunge and wind chills fall dangerously low, the Illinois Tollway steps up to provide extra roadside help to customers who are stranded or need assistance on the Tollway system. The extra help comes from special Zero Weather Road Patrols the...
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The Illinois Tollway is deploying around-the-clock Zero Weather Road Patrols to more quickly locate and assist customers who become stranded on the Tollway system during the cold weather and dangerous wind chills forecast to continue into the weekend. The Illinois Tollway...
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For gift giving, out-of-town visitors or rental cars – I-PASS has it covered.The Illinois Tollway is working to help customers take some of the stress out of holiday travel over the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s weekends.“The Illinois Tollway wishes a safe and happy...
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