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  • Is an Eisenhower Tollway in our future? The White House's $302 billion, four-year transportation bill filed last week gives its blessing to states to charge tolls on interstates under certain conditions.

    Why more tolls could be coming to area freewaysMay 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Should freeways be tolled? That's the debate du jour as Congress tries to tackle highway funding before money runs out this fall. The White House's $302 billion, four-year transportation bill filed last week gives its blessing to states to charge tolls on interstates under certain conditions.

     
  • Courtesy of Missouri Department of Transportation Missouri is a diverging diamond interchange pioneer, building its third in 2010 on I-270.

    How Elmhurst Road diverging diamond should workMay 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Illinois tollway planners predict drivers and pedestrians — guided by traffic signals — will find navigating the Elmhurst Road and Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) interchange safer once a somewhat counterintuitive redesign is constructed. The “diverging diamond” interchange will be complete in 2016 at the same time ramps providing access to and from the west and other improvements are finished. It works by briefly shifting traffic into opposite lanes using signals on bridges or underpasses so that vehicles can turn left onto the tollway without facing oncoming cars. Then, traffic is routed back to the right side of the road.

     
  • The state tollway authority has agreed to pay for the restoration of a portion of Spring Brook Creek that runs though St. James Farm Forest Preserve near Warrenville.

    Tollway funding creek restoration near WarrenvilleMay 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    A stretch of creek that runs for more than a half-mile through St. James Farm Forest Preserve near Warrenville is slated to be restored, thanks to a $2 million contribution from the state tollway authority.

     
  • Photo Courtesy Missouri Department of Transportation Missouri is a diverging diamond interchange pioneer, building its third in 2010 on I-270.

    Tollway trying new shape at old interchangeMay 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Who needs a Circle Interchange when you can build a diverging diamond one? Illinois tollway officials explain why this particular shape will solve traffic dysfunction at I-90 and Elmhurst Road during an open house.

     
  • Tollway meeting Thursday on Elmhurst Road interchange projectApr 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Illinois Tollway officials will host an informational meeting Thursday in Elk Grove Village about the ongoing the Elmhurst Road interchange construction project on the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90). A new diverging diamond interchange is being constructed as part of the Elgin-O’Hare Western Access Project.

     
  • Laura Pontarelli, here with husband John and daughter Julia at their home in Elk Grove Village, has severe allergies and had to forgo a flight minutes before takeoff when she saw a service dog would also be on board.

    Allergies and airlines: Not a good mix for some travelersApr 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Laura Pontarelli's allergies are so bad she finds it difficult to breathe when she's near a dog or cat. So bad she couldn't get on a flight that included a service dog and missed an important trip with her daughter. The problem's more common than you'd think, experts say. Did we help the family get a refund? Read on.

     
  • The I-90 bridge over the Fox River is living on borrowed time.

    I-90 bridge redo to work around traffic, Fox River fishApr 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Spawning fish and 101,300 daily vehicles are among the challenges the Illinois tollway faces as it rebuilds the I-90 bridge over the Fox River.

     
  • As construction begins on the Lee Street interchange on the Jane Addams Tollway, officials are also proposing an eastbound exit be included as part of the project.

    Lee Street exit off I-90 wanted but cost an issueApr 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    A proposed eastbound exit at Lee Street on the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) is being billed as a boon for local businesses and future economic growth near Des Plaines, Rosemont and O'Hare International Airport, but whether the project becomes a reality may all depend on funding and who pays the bill.

     
  • I-90 construction progress to be discussed TuesdayApr 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    A public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday to update residents on the progress of the ongoing Elmhurst Road Interchange project on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), as well as the possibility of an eastbound exit at Lee Street.

     
  • Construction of the I-290 interchange with the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway extension begins. It's one of the year's big projects.

    Suburbs face worst roadwork season in yearsApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    The good, the bad and the ugly about construction season 2014. The good news is that 2015 will be much worse. The bad news is that I-90 will be ugly and work on the future Elgin O'Hare extension will slow traffic on existing highways. Keep calm and drive on.

     
  • Daily Herald File Photo Enjoy those three lanes while you can.

    This one’s going to hurt — One-mile lane closure on I-90 coming Apr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Where did that I-90 lane go? If you're traveling a stretch of the westbound Jane Addams between the Kennedy and Tri-State, that question will arise soon as the tollway embarks on a rebuild in a short but pivotal stretch.

     
  • St. Charles man dies after apparent heart attack on I-90 near GilbertsApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    A St. Charles man died Saturday morning after apparently suffering a heart attack that caused him to crash his vehicle into a pickup truck parked in a construction zone on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway near Gilberts. Illinois State Police received reports at 9:37 a.m. of a vehicle weaving out of control on the tollway before hitting the parked pickup.

     
  • Elk Grove, Itasca share Devon Avenue bridge improvement costsMar 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Elk Grove Village and Itasca will be sharing the cost for Devon Avenue bridge improvements over Interstate 290 that are being completed as part of the Elgin-O’Hare Western Access project. The two towns are splitting the $156,253 cost to add decorative fencing, parapet columns, custom concrete form liner, and concrete staining on the outside parapet of the bridge.

     
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  • Gov. Pat Quinn announces a $1.4 billion improvement project for the Illinois Tollway in Schaumburg Friday morning.

    Quinn announces $1.4 billion in tollway improvementsMar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    For the second time in as many months, Governor Pat Quinn was back in the Northwest suburbs Friday talking tollway improvements. But while February’s announcement in Hoffman Estates was specifically about state funding for a full interchange at Barrington Road and the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, Friday’s appearance in Schaumburg covered the full $1.4 billion that will be invested in the Illinois Tollway this year.

     
  • Many drivers have fond memories of the Des Plaines oasis, which closes today.

    Des Plaines oasis closes todayMar 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Workers on catwalks, suction cups, cranes. That's what it will take to erase the Des Plaines oasis overhanging I-90 this May and June. The iconic glass structure closes today to eventually make way for a transformative new toll road connecting to O'Hare, I-90 and I-294.

     
  • Daily Herald file McDonald’s took over operation of restaurants at the Des Plaines Oasis in 1975.

    Images: Des Plaines Oasis over the yearsMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Des Plaines Oasis is more than a pit stop. It’s been a place where people work and where politics play out. In recent years, it’s also been where many have welcomed home troops. Here are some images Daily Herald photographers shot over the years.

     
  • The Des Plaines Oasis was featured in a scene from the 1980 film, “The Blues Brothers.”

    5 things you may not know about Des Plaines OasisMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Des Plaines Oasis will shut down Sunday after 55 years. The demolition, which will cost $9.3 million, is necessary to make way for the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway extension and related bypass around O'Hare. Here are five interesting facts you may not have known about the oasis.

     
  • Looking like a big movie screen to the world of transportation, Greg Carranza of Elgin waits to take his wife to O’Hare who works at United Airlines.

    24 hours at the Des Plaines oasisMar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Countless people have passed through the doors of the Des Plaines oasis since it opened in 1959. That will end when it closes Sunday. To help mark its closing, we’re republishing an article in which our staff spent 24 hours capturing all the stories of the lives touched by the oasis. The article, titled “Midnight (to midnight) at the Oasis Hundreds of stories walk through the Des Plaines Oasis every day. Here’s what we found on one random day,” was originally published March 12, 2002.

     
  • The terminus of Thorndale Avenue and York Road will be unrecognizable once the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway is built out to the airport.

    Elgin-O’Hare details emergingMar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    A tolling system that avoids charging fees at entrances and exits were among the new details of the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway extension and western bypass laid out at an open house Tuesday. Initial plans calls for an all-electronic road that avoids tolls at entry or exit ramps.

     
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