Illinois Tollway announces $1.6 Billion 2015 Capital Program

On Feb. 26, 2015, the Illinois Tollway announced it will invest $1.6 billion in transportation infrastructure improvements in 2015 for the largest year of capital spending in agency history. These investments are expected to create or sustain as many as 17,000 jobs.

The Tollway’s 2015 capital program provides funding for delivering three new interchanges and continuing the rebuilding and widening of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90 eastern segment). In addition the Tollway in 2015 will complete the first segment of Illinois Route 390 as part of the new, all-electronic Elgin O’Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project. It includes:

  1. Investing $839.6 million to continue rebuilding and widening of I-90

  2. Completing interchanges at Irene Road and Genoa Road near Belvidere and Lee Street in Des Plaines as well as working on interchanges at Il. Route 31 and Il. Route 25 in Elgin, Barrington Road in Hoffman Estates, Roselle Road and Meacham Road in Schaumburg, and Lee Street in Rosemont.

  3. Investing $319 million to continue building the $3.4 billion EOWA Project

  4. Investing $108 million on the Reagan Memorial Tollway ( I-88), including roadway resurfacing from Il. Route 251 to U.S. Route 30

  5. Investing $25.1 million in planning studies to prepare for future Tollway improvements and potential new projects

  6. Investing $2.5 million for installing and upgrading dynamic message signs at various locations on I-90, Il. Route 390, and I-94 as well as on I-39, I-57, and I-80 where the Tollway system connects to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s interstates

  7. Investing $241.1 million for system wide interchange and bridge repairs, including the Grand Avenue (Illinois Route 132) interchange Project on the North Tri-State Tollway (I-94)

Construction work will begin in March at various locations on the Tollway system. Whenever possible, the Tollway will work to keep as many lanes open in work zones as were available before construction. Lane closures may be required at times to facilitate traffic changes or for the safety of workers and drivers. The Tollway will work to schedule these lane closures during non-peak travel times.

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