Illinois DOT Eyes Potential for Adding Toll Lanes to the Eisenhower Expressway

Crain’s Chicago Business columnist Greg Hinz reports, “The Eisenhower Expressway may become something else in a few years—a tollway, at least in part—if state transportation planners get their way. Plans to add a couple of toll lanes to the Stevenson Expressway (Interstate 55) so far are going so well that his staff is considering ‘a similar concept’ to ease congestion on other crowded highways ‘starting with the Eisenhower’ (I-290), said Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn.” Blankenhorn, addressing a Chicago luncheon audience, added that “the idea still is in its initial stages and will not proceed unless ‘a new revenue’ source is found for a needed total reconstruction of the Ike from the Jane Byrne Interchange west to I-294.”