Tri-State Tollway (I-294)

I-294/I-57 Interchange Project - Phase 2

The Illinois Tollway, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation, will begin work in 2019 to complete the interchange connecting the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to I-57. This final stage of work will build ramps providing access to and from Chicago, improving regional mobility that began with the completion of ramps providing access to and from Champaign in 2014.

To complete the I-294/I-57 Interchange, four new ramps will be built connecting southbound I-57 to I-294 and 294 to northbound I-57. As part of this work, the I-57 median will be reconstructed, and the I-57 mainline will be widened. This work includes earth excavation, drainage improvements, erosion and sediment control, retaining wall and bridge construction.

The second phase of the project is scheduled to begin in the spring and to be completed by the end of 2022. 

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I-294/I-57 Interchange Project Map
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2019 Construction Map
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Construction Update (1/3/20)

The ramp carrying traffic from southbound I-294 to southbound I-57 is reduced to one lane. Traffic is expected to remain in this configuration through spring.

Customer Impacts

Lane closures and traffic shifts will be necessary to provide a work zone and safely accommodate construction.  

Whenever possible, the Tollway uses traffic shifts and shoulders to keep as many lanes open during peak hours as were available before construction. 

In 2019, traffic shifts will be needed on I-57 to accommodate center median work.

Project Open House

The Illinois Tollway hosted a public open house on June 25, 2019, as part of the agency's ongoing work on the $719 million Tri-State Tollway (I-294)/I-57 Interchange Project.

The open house provided the opportunity for the Tollway to share 2019 construction information with customers, residents and businesses, as well as introduce the Illinois Tollway's ConstructionWorks Program designed to link job seekers with opportunities for rewarding careers in Illinois' high-demand transportation related construction industry.

Building Green

The Tollway is committed to “Building Green” and minimizing the environmental impact of construction by reducing, recycling and reusing materials. In addition to reducing the cost of this work, reuse of these materials reduces the need for virgin asphalt materials and reduces energy consumption, greenhouse gases and the volume of material that would otherwise be sent to landfills.

Work Zone Safety

The Illinois Tollway is committed to ensuring that the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) and I-57 remain safe for both drivers and workers during construction, which is part of the agency’s overall commitment to roadway safety. 

Work 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. On I-294, a 45 mph work zone speed limit is in effect throughout the construction season.  

Visit the Tollway's Work Zone Safety page.