IL Tollway Approves $4 Billion Expansion of the Central Tri-State Tollway

Chicago Tribune reports, “The Illinois Tollway board on [April 27] unanimously voted in favor of a plan to widen the busy central Tri-State, an ambitious $4 billion project the agency says can be funded without tax money and without increasing tolls. The rebuilding and widening proposal, an expansion from an earlier $1.9 billion plan to just rebuild the existing Eisenhower-era thoroughfare, would add a lane in each direction and use ‘flex lanes’ on inside shoulders for buses and emergency vehicles.” The report adds that the project will be “financed through improved toll collection, excess revenue from other Tollway projects like I-390, incremental revenue from the new I-294 lanes and lower debt service costs, as well as additional bonding, Tollway staff said.”