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  • Tollway funding creek restoration near Warrenville May 5, 2014 3:33 PM
    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.

  • Why more tolls could be coming to area freeways May 5, 2014 9:29 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.

  • How Elmhurst Road diverging diamond should work May 6, 2014 5:17 PM
    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.

  • Tollway trying new shape at old interchange May 1, 2014 6:46 PM
    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 project Apr 29, 2014 11:57 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.

  • Allergies and airlines: Not a good mix for some travelers Apr 28, 2014 5:30 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.

  • I-90 bridge redo to work around traffic, Fox River fish Apr 24, 2014 6:08 PM
    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.

  • Lee Street exit off I-90 wanted but cost an issue Apr 23, 2014 12:06 PM
    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 Tuesday Apr 20, 2014 5:26 PM
    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.

  • Suburbs face worst roadwork season in years Apr 14, 2014 5:47 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.

  • This one’s going to hurt — One-mile lane closure on I-90 coming Apr 11, 2014 5:32 PM
    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 Gilberts Apr 5, 2014 4:29 PM
    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 costs Mar 27, 2014 1:33 PM
    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.

  • Tollway officials expect busy construction season Mar 24, 2014 7:29 AM
    Motorists can expect a busy year of construction along Illinois’ major roadways. Illinois Tollway officials expect 2014 is going to be the biggest construction year ever. Last week, Gov. Pat Quinn announced a record $1.4 billion in spending to improve roads, bridges and interchanges. The money comes from a 15-year, $12 billion capital program. Bonds for the program are repaid through toll increases that took effect in 2012. The projects including rebuilding and widening 37 miles of Interstate 90 between Randall Road in Elgin and Interstate 39 in Rockford. Another project is improving Interstate 88 between the toll plaza in Aurora and Illinois Route 59. Tollway officials are asking motorists for patience while on the road.

  • Quinn announces $1.4 billion in tollway improvements Mar 21, 2014 6:00 PM
    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.

  • Des Plaines oasis closes today Mar 16, 2014 11:56 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.

  • Images: Des Plaines Oasis over the years Mar 14, 2014 9:01 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.

  • 5 things you may not know about Des Plaines Oasis Mar 14, 2014 12:39 PM
    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.

  • 24 hours at the Des Plaines oasis Mar 13, 2014 2:43 PM
    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.

  • Elgin-O’Hare details emerging Mar 11, 2014 7:35 PM
    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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