IL Tollway Approves 2017 Budget, Including Funds for Study of Route 53 Extension

Chicago Daily Herald reports, “Illinois tollway leaders are committed to studying an extension of Route 53, and the 2017 budget reflects that with $10 million slotted for the project. Board members approved a $1.38 billion budget Thursday [December 15]. It includes more funding to train minority businesses and workers and continued construction of the Route 390/Elgin-O’Hare Expressway eastward.” In a news release, Illinois Tollway Executive Director Greg Bedalov, said “This budget represents our best efforts to deliver strategic investments in infrastructure improvements, state-of-the art technology and the diverse communities we serve. The Board’s action today reinforces our commitment to working within a balanced budget, providing strong fiscal management as we support a larger system with the addition of the new Illinois Route 390 Tollway and completion of the widening of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90).”