Illinois Route 390 Project
Elgin O'Hare Western Access (EOWA)
Illinois Route 390 Project
In 2016, the Illinois Route 390 Project is constructing Illinois Route 390 east to Illinois Route 83, including construction of bridges and frontage roads to accommodate local traffic. Construction of the new eastbound frontage road is scheduled to be complete in summer of 2016. The new roadway between Rohlwing Road and Illinois Route 83 is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2017.
In addition, local interchange improvements, construction of new frontage roads, local roadway improvements and noisewalls are under construction as part of the new Illinois Route 390.
Construction Update (1-19-17)
Traffic has been shifted onto a new frontage road system along Thorndale Avenue between I-290 and York Road to allow for the construction of the new Illinois Route 390.
The first phase of the Elgin O'Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project includes building the new Illinois Route 390 Tollway. The Illinois Route 390 Project scheduled to be complete by the end of 2017 is improving the existing portion of Illinois Route 390, formerly known as the Elgin O'Hare Expressway, from Lake Street (U.S. Route 20) to I-290 and extending Illinois Route 390 east to Illinois Route 83 along the current Thorndale Avenue with bridges and frontage roads to accommodate local traffic.
The new Illinois Route 390 from Lake Street (U.S. Route 20) to Illinois Route 83, including a new interchange at I-290, is estimated at $780 million.
In 2015, the Tollway completed rehabilitating and widening the existing roadway from Irving Park Road (Illinois Route 19) to Meacham Road/Medinah Road and provided needed repairs and upgrades between Lake Street (U.S. Route 20) and Irving Park Road. In addition, three new bridges were constructed to carry Illinois Route 390 traffic over Salt Creek, Mittel Boulevard and Lively Boulevard. Each of these bridges includes two separate structures for eastbound and westbound traffic with three lanes in each direction as part of the construction of the new Illinois Route 390.
Whenever possible, the Illinois Tollway system uses traffic shifts and shoulders to keep as many lanes open during peak hours as were available before construction.
Two lanes in each direction will be maintained during construction on both Illinois Route 390 and along Thorndale Avenue, although shoulder and temporary off-peak closures may be required during construction. Temporary lane restrictions and closures with detours will be needed on local cross streets.
Illinois Route 390 will be the first all-electronic roadway to open on the Illinois Tollway system. A recent survey indicated that 90 percent of drivers currently traveling in project area have I-PASS.
Toll collection will begin July 5, 2016, on the first segment of the Illinois Route 390 Tollway from Lake Street (U.S. Route 20) to I-290. The all-electronic tolling gantries on the western segment are located west of Meacham Road/Medinah Road, west of Roselle Road and west of Gary Avenue. Installation of toll collection points east of I-290 will be completed as part of construction of the new roadway, and toll collection is expected to begin on the eastern segment by the end of 2017.
Altogether, all-electronic tolling gantries will be installed at six locations along Illinois Route 390 and on the Ketter Drive entrance ramp. Toll collection points located closer together will reduce the cost of shorter trips and ensure that the rate paid for shorter trips is as fair and equitable as the rate paid by the driver traveling the entire length of the roadway.
Tolls for passenger vehicles range from 20 cents to 60 cents per transaction for I-PASS customers. The ramp toll at the Ketter Drive entrance to westbound Illinois Tollway will be 20 cents for I-PASS customers.
Passenger vehicles traveling the full length of Illinois Route 390 will pay $1.90, similar to the I-PASS toll paid to travel on the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355) south extension between I-55 and I-80.
The Illinois Route 390 Project will improve travel efficiency, provide western access to O'Hare International Airport, enhance air, rail and trucking connections and reduce congestion. The new Illinois Route 390 and adjoining I-290 Interchange is expected to reduce travel time by more than 7 minutes for the 11-mile trip between the western side of O'Hare International Airport and U.S. Route 20/Lake Street – a savings of 25 percent.
These improvements are part of the $3.4 billion Elgin O'Hare Western Access Project, which is included in the Illinois Tollway's 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.
The Illinois Tollway is coordinating construction of the new Illinois Route 390 with DuPage and Cook Counties, the Illinois Department of Transportation, as well as local townships, villages, and police and fire departments.
The Illinois Tollway is committed to "Building Green" and minimizing the environmental impact of construction by reducing, recycling, and reusing materials. Reusing materials reduces the volume of material that otherwise would be sent to landfills.
Work Zone Safety
Construction zone speed limits are in effect in all construction zones 24/7, and drivers should continue to watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution, especially when workers are present. Visit the Tollway's Work Zone Safety page.