Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Construction contracts approved last week include a major ramp construction projects for the new Tri-State Tollway (I-294)/I-57 Interchange, according to a press release from the Illinois Tollway.
The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors last week approved 13 new construction contracts totaling $70.9 million. "Dollars spent on infrastructure translate into increased opportunities for businesses and workers here in Illinois," said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur in a press release. "We are pleased to be able to leverage these major investments to help jump start the regional economy.” Construction contracts approved last week include a major ramp construction projects for the new Tri-State Tollway (I-294)/I-57 Interchange and 10 unbundled contracts with values below $5 million, according to the Illinois Tollway press release. New contracts awarded last week include: A $43.6 million for two contracts to Lorig …
Friday, December 9, 2011
I-PASS users could see unexpected activity in their bank accounts.
Friday, December 9, 2011
The Illinois Tollway's I-PASS system erroneously began a cycle of account charges and refunds on Dec. 9 to I-PASS accounts that were scheduled for automatic balance replenishment. As a result, I-PASS customers may notice unnecessary charges and refunds from the Illinois Tollway on their credit and debit cards. Tollway officials are working to ensure that all I-PASS automatic replenishment accounts have been correctly refunded. They are also working with banks to ensure that customers do not incur overdraft fees as a result of this computer problem. I-PASS customers with questions about their accounts may call the Illinois Tollway's customer call center at 1-800-824-7277.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
It's a little-known fact the Starship Enterprise's engineer demanded 75 cents before beaming anybody up.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Board approves 15-year, $12 billion capital plan funded by the first general toll increase since 1983.
Replenish your I-PASS, tolls are going up. Illinois Tollway Board members approved a 15-year, $12 billion capital plan during Thursday's board meeting in Downers Grove. Starting Jan. 1, most I-PASS drivers can expect to pay a 35-cent increase at the tolls to fund the project. Cash-paying toll users will see a 70-cent increase. While 50 percent of Illinois Toll Plazas will carry the 35-cent increase for I-Pass users, other plazas will see a greater increase, ranging from 45 to 90 cents, while cash-paying toll users will be hit with an increase ranging from 90 cents to $1.80. The board approved the capital plan with a vote of 7-1, with director William Morris casting the only no vote, largely because he felt the plan failed to make I-53 in …
Monday, August 22, 2011
Residents can provide feedback on Illinois Tollway's plan to raise toll rates to fund improvements.
Residents will have another chance to share their opinions on Illinois Tollway's plan to raise toll rates to fund a $12 billion capital plan. A public hearing will be held from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 at the Buffalo Grove Village Hall, 50 Raupp Blvd. According to an Illinois Tollway press release, nearly 800 people attended public hearings held Aug. 18 in Cook, Kane, Will and DuPage Counties. Of those who submitted oral or written comments, more than 87 percent supported the plan, according to Illinois Tollway. “Over the past year and a half, the Tollway has worked to engage business owners, community leaders, elected officials, environmental groups and other stakeholders to learn about which transportation projects are important to the …
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Tollway Director Bill Morris called the proposed 87.5 percent toll increase to fund a $12 billion capital plan "too ambitious and too costly."
Bill Morris of Grayslake was the lone tollway director to vote against the proposed 35 to 45 cent toll increase to pay for a $12 billion, 15-year capital plan. In his mind, it is too large of an increase with too few details known about exactly how the money would be spent. “The devil is in the details,” said Morris, a tollway director for the past two years who voted against the proposed 87.5 percent toll increase that would affect motorists in both cash and I-Pass lanes. An overview of the plans was released July 28, detailing which roads are slated for improvements. “All of us agree that taking care of the system, making sure that it is smooth and safe, is key,” Morris said. “My question is just that some apparently feel that we can …
Friday, July 29, 2011
The Illinois Tollway proposed a $12 billion capital plan that would be funded with a toll rate hike of 35 cents to 45 cents.
The Illinois Tollway is proposing a $12 billion capital plan that would be funded by rate hikes for motorists. Tolls would increase by 35 cents at a typical mainline toll plaza. Revenue from the increase would fund capital improvements through 2026. The plan includes: Cash-paying motorists currently pay double the tolls of I-PASS users. Their rates would go up, and they would continue to pay double. The Daily Herald reported that some tolls will increase by more than 35 cents. The 35-cent hike would be applied to 40-cent tolls. Other toll plazas would increase by 45 cents. A press release from the tollway states that this is the first rate hike since 1983, however, rates doubled for non-I-PASS toll users in 2005, the Daily Herald reported…