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  • Funding gap still dogs Route 53 extension Nov 18, 2014 7:21 PM
    Supporters of extending Route 53 north into Lake County got a warmer reception from Illinois tollway directors Tuesday than previously. But the $1.6 billion question is - how do you pay for it and could a toll increase be in the cards?

  • New I-90 bridge over Fox: How do you build in a river? Nov 17, 2014 5:11 AM
    At dawn today, wind willing, two hoists will lift a 190,000-pound beam from a waiting truck on the Jane Addams Tollway and heave it onto columns rising about 40 feet above the Fox River in Elgin. Two teams of ironworkers 170 feet apart will chatter on walkie talkies, calibrating the movement of the beam so it's in the right spot at the right time.

  • Crash on eastbound I-90 leading to traffic delays Nov 12, 2014 10:35 AM
    A crash on eastbound I-90 near Mannheim Road is causing traffic to back up past the Arlington Heights Road exit. The accident is blocking the right lane at mile marker 76.7, according to the Illinois Tollway Trip 90 twitter account.

  • What’s Rauner’s take on transit, tollway? Nov 10, 2014 5:00 AM
    What's Bruce Rauner's stand on the things that really matter to commuters -- like tolls and Metra delays? We'll time travel back to the primary where the guarded governor-elect shed some light on his transportation goals, and ask experts to predict the future. Plus new Pace service to Blackhawks games.

  • Route 53 input sessions open to public Nov 3, 2014 10:13 AM
    The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and the Illinois Toll Highway Authority will be hosting public input sessions on the Route 53/120 Corridor Land Use Plan from 4 to 7 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays, Nov. 12 and Nov. 19.

  • Route 53 extension: Hopes and concerns of those along the corridor Oct 27, 2014 10:29 AM
    The prospect of a Route 53 extension has been part of life in central Lake County for five decades. A new version of the project is on the table, but is it a transportation and economic benefit the region can’t afford to pass by or an expensive dream that will never be built? Those who live and work along the corridor want to know what happens next.

  • A last chance to end 50-year Rt. 53 extension struggle Oct 27, 2014 9:36 AM
    After 50 years of debate over the future of a Route 53 north extension into Lake County, a make-or-break decision is in the works with a new proposal that hinges on balancing interests involving environmental protection, improved transportation and economic development. “This is our last best chance. We've gotten further with this project than any of the other efforts,” said Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor.

  • Editorial: A more transparent, inclusive Route 53 effort Oct 26, 2014 5:01 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says the transparent and inclusive planning behind the latest proposal to extend Route 53 is the right approach to see if the project can balance all the concerns.

  • Coming Sunday: Special report on Route 53 Oct 24, 2014 10:01 AM
    The newest incarnation in the 50-year struggle to extend Route 53 north into central Lake County is heading to a make-or-break decision about its future. Starting Sunday, read Mick Zawislak’s two-part report, which includes videos, photos, detailed map/graphics and an interactive Web map/graphic.

  • Could your I-PASS be welcomed in more states? Oct 15, 2014 9:19 PM
    Want to take your I-PASS out west? The Illinois tollway is exploring ways to cooperate with like agencies so driving to other states won't involve paying tolls in cash or getting billed later.

  • Higher tolls for trucks coming in 2015 Oct 15, 2014 8:43 PM
    Toll increases on trucks will boost the Illinois tollway's revenues in 2015. The agency's draft budget includes seven more engineers, $6 million to plan the proposed Route 53 extension, and lots more construction. The truck toll dates back to an ill-fated Blagojevich era road program.

  • Tollway workers will have to start paying tolls in 2015 Sep 25, 2014 11:29 PM
    Tollway employees will say goodbye to toll-free commutes to and from work in 2015. The Illinois tollway approved a contract with one of its largest unions Thursday that paves the way to pull the perk for all employees after a challenge to the state labor board.

  • Toll takers to get raises, but toll-free perk uncertain Sep 17, 2014 9:13 PM
    Toll collectors are expected to receive salary increases of 8 percent over three years, but whether the perk of commuting to work toll-free is continued remains unknown.

  • Tollway’s video swan song for Des Plaines Oasis Sep 17, 2014 7:30 PM
    The Des Plaines oasis is gone but tollway officials commemorated its passing with a time-lapse video showing what it takes to remove multiple glass panels and 22 concrete beams over a major interstate.

  • Pyke: Is it illegal to ride your bike on a sidewalk? Sep 8, 2014 7:45 AM
    Why do bicyclists hog sidewalks? When will the weeds on the Eisenhower Expressway be mowed? And what's being done with the cash CN Railway provided for safety improvements on the EJ&E? Readers ask, and we answer your pressing transportation questions. Plus traffic tips and can't-miss events.

  • Authorities: Woman in I-294 crash was on probation for another DUI Sep 8, 2014 4:55 PM
    A Mount Prospect woman who authorities say was driving drunk Saturday when she struck and injured eight people on the Tri-State Tollway had been sentenced to probation just days earlier on a separate DUI charge. Leslie W. Thurow, 59, is being held without bond for violating terms of her probation as a result of the crash that critically injured an Illinois state trooper who was conducting a traffic stop on I-294.

  • Tollway offers I-PASS incentives, discounts Sep 2, 2014 5:20 PM
    It's an I-PASS sale bonanza. The Illinois tollway is temporarily lowering the cost to start an I-PASS account in order to attract more customers for the new Tri-State/I-57 interchange. Unfortunately, toll rates stay the same.

  • How to build I-290 bridge with 80,000 cars a day? Sep 2, 2014 3:21 PM
    Building a bridge is a serious undertaking, especially when it’s going up in an area that sees more than 80,000 vehicles drive through each day. Yes, the work is creating some traffic headaches, but even tired commuters are likely to wonder a bit when they drive by — how do they do that?

  • How do you build I-290 bridge with 80,000 cars a day? Sep 1, 2014 2:49 PM

    By Matt Arado

    Building a bridge is a serious undertaking, especially when it’s going up in an area that sees more than 80,000 vehicles drive through each day. Yes, the work is creating some traffic headaches, but even tired commuters are likely to wonder a bit when they drive by — how do they do that?

  • Quinn vetoes 70 mph speed limit on tollways in suburbs Aug 27, 2014 5:23 AM
    Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday put the brakes on legislation that would have raised speed limits on suburban tollways to 70 mph. The governor last year signed a law to raise speed limits on downstate interstates, but urban areas were excluded. “(T)he convenience of increased speeds for drivers on Illinois tollways does not outweigh the safety risks to children, families, and our dedicated public servants,” Quinn wrote in his veto message.

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