This month, area tollway users will have the chance to weigh in on the state’s plan to raise toll rates to pay for a $12 billion capital plan that would update and expand Illinois’ tollway system.

This proposal is in addition to the $30 billion statewide capital plan already in place and revamping roads, highways and bridges across Illinois.

Public meetings sponsored by the Illinois Tollway will be held throughout Northern Illinois to inform commuters of the specifics of the tollway capital plan and get feedback, including two meetings in our area:

August 19, 7-9 p.m.

Under the new plan, tollway fees would basically double – I-Pass users would see a 35 cent increase at a typical toll plaza, while cash-paying cars would continue paying the double I-Pass rate. The rate hikes would go toward a comprehensive enhancement of our tollway system, including revamping and widening I-90 from Rockford to O’Hare to accommodate more vehicles, construction of an Elgin-O’Hare West Bypass to take some pressure off other area tollways and planning studies for greater mass transit along the I-90 corridor and the Route 53 extension.

To see more details on the tollway capital plan, please visit the Illinois Tollway’s Web site here.


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