Inside the Tollway
Tollway customers have 14 days to pay unpaid tolls online
Traveling the Illinois Tollway system for Easter holiday travel this weekend? Be sure to bring your I-PASS or E-ZPass transponder or don’t forget to Pay By Plate online and avoid fees and fines. All drivers have a 14-day grace period – one of the longest in the nation – to pay their unpaid tolls.
The Pay By Plate service allows customers to simply provide a license plate, dates of travel, and a payment method and then the Illinois Tollway will do the rest. The Tollway service identifies unpaid tolls and then charges customers for cash-rate tolls weekly as the unpaid tolls register in the system.
While I-PASS is still the best, most cost-effective way to pay tolls on the Illinois Tollway, Pay By Plate is built on the I-PASS payment platform, giving customers a simple payment option that ensures avoiding costly fines and fees
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Holiday Work Zones
To accommodate holiday travel on the Illinois Tollway, construction activity will be restricted to better serve Tollway customers. Most temporary maintenance and construction lane closures will be suspended from noon on Friday, April 2, through 9 a.m. on Monday, April 5. Some work may continue behind barriers to keep work on schedule. All work is weather-dependent. Areas where ongoing work zones may impact traffic include:
Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80)
- On I-94, traffic in both directions at Stearns School Road is reduced from four lanes to three.
- On I-294 between the Bensenville Railyard Bridge and St. Charles Road, traffic is shifted in both directions. Southbound traffic in the counterflow/express lanes will not have access to the exit to westbound I-290.
- On I-294 at Joliet Road, the ramp connecting southbound I-294 to eastbound Joliet Road is closed and a detour is posted.
- On I-294 between Ogden Avenue and 55th Street and between Plainfield Road and 95th Street, traffic is shifted.
- On I-294, the ramp from eastbound Archer Avenue to southbound I-294 is closed and a detour is posted.
- On I-294, at I-57 southbound traffic is reduced from four lanes to three.
Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88)
- Between the EJ&E Railroad and Illinois Route 59, traffic is shifted in both directions.
Dial *999 for Roadway Assistance
Drivers should call *999 to get help from Tollway roadway maintenance crews or from Illinois State Police District 15 who patrol the Tollway system 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Motorist aid patrols stand ready to help stranded customers change tires, jump-start batteries, add coolant, dispense fuel, transport customers, move vehicles away from traffic and call for a tow truck.
Visit a Tollway Oasis
Travelers can stop by any of the six Tollway oases facilities to take a break, grab a snack and refuel. Oases also offer the opportunity for drivers to safely and conveniently use their mobile devices for calling, texting, posting and accessing apps. There are four oases locations on the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80): Lake Forest, O’Hare, Hinsdale and the Chicago Southland Lincoln in South Holland, as well as on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) in Belvidere and on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) in DeKalb.
About the Illinois Tollway
The Illinois Tollway is a user-fee system that receives no state or federal funds for maintenance and operations. The agency maintains and operates 294 miles of roadways in 12 counties in Northern Illinois, including the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80) and the Illinois Route 390 Tollway.