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2019 Innovative Transportation Solutions Award Recipient

Illinois_Tollway_Logo_RGB-01Central Tri-State Master Plan

Illinois Tollway

The Illinois Tollway is reconstructing the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) from Balmoral Avenue to 95th Street to provide congestion relief, reconstruct old infrastructure to meet current and future transportation demand and address regional needs. The $4 billion project is one of the largest transportation improvements in Northern Illinois.
 
In 2017, the Tollway expanded the Move Illinois Program by $2.1 billion to advance a proposed $4 billion recommended concept to improve the Central Tri-State Tollway, including original plans to replace the old pavement and bring the roadway, bridges and ramps into good repair, as well as additional improvements to address traffic congestion, access, flooding and freight concerns.
 
The Tollway launched a master planning process to re-envision the Central Tri-State Tollway Project and deliver a new concept plan that would be responsive to long-term regional priorities. The process was unique in the fact that it included early and extensive outreach efforts with transportation partners along with customers, communities, businesses and partners to identify regional and local improvements.
 
As a result, the new concept will allow the Illinois Tollway to deliver infrastructure improvements that address recurring congestion and projected future traffic. This plan also will address regional transportation needs and maximizes the value of investments into the Central Tri-State corridor for Tollway customers and the region. 
 
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