Projects in Your Community



The Illinois Tollway is working closely with communities, businesses, elected officials, environmental and transportation organizations to plan for improvements. Public and stakeholder input is an important part of this process.

Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294)

The 84-mile-long Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80) is the workhorse of the 294-mile Illinois Tollway system.

At the heart of the Tri-State Tollway is the Central Tri-State (I-294) from Balmoral Avenue to 95th Street. This 22-mile section carries some of the heaviest volume of passenger and freight traffic on the Tollway system, resulting in twice the amount of congestion delays when compared to the entire Tollway system. These congestion delays are estimated to cost drivers $330 million annually in time and fuel.

The Central Tri-State plays an integral role in the region’s economy, as the roadway is central to the region’s transportation network connecting two airports, thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of residents and workers.


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Chicago Regional Congestion Pricing Study

This study looks at the feasibility of using congestion pricing to manage peak period traffic congestion in the Chicago region and appraise the potential of implementing pricing to increase the use of alternate travel modes and enhance the capacity on the region's expressway system.

Congestion pricing of existing tolled facilities operated by the Illinois Tollway, and existing non-tolled interstate highways are evaluated. Both fixed and variable pricing are considered in the study, together with pricing differentials for electronic toll collection and vehicle types. The study involved extensive public and stakeholder outreach effort to evaluate the level of support and feasibility of various pricing strategies.