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Military and Transportation Agency Officials Discuss Impact of Federal Stimulus

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 civilian engineering and construction industry professionals attended the 15th annual SAME LMP Industry Day event recently in Lake Forest to hear from officials from federal, state and local agencies. The lineup for...

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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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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