IDOT Pitches New Toll Lanes on I-55, and the “Tougher Sell” May Be the P3 Approach

Desplaines Valley News reports, “To pay or not to pay? That was the question on the minds of many . . . when the Illinois Department of Transportation held a public hearing about adding a toll lane in each direction on Interstate 55, also called the Stevenson Expressway. Because of increasing congestion on the roadway – 140,000 to 180,000 vehicles are on it daily – there is a need to find solutions, IDOT officials say. All those vehicles create at least 10 hours of rush-hour like congestion daily, IDOT said.” The report adds, “The tougher sell — besides getting folks to shell out money to ride what has been free since it opened — might be convincing the General Assembly to approve a proposed Public-Private Partnership . . .”