Herald: State of the Suburbs: New road projects cement future

Sep. 2, 2015

Marni Pyke, Daily Herald

As the economy sputtered during the Great Recession, innovative transportation projects such as the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway extension sustained and created jobs.

Now that the city and suburbs are rebounding, those projects will shape how we drive, live and work in the very near future…

And just west of O’Hare, crews are pushing the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway (Route 390) east to the airport.

“It’s a marvelous project with huge potential for economic development,” DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin said.

Along with a commercial renaissance in eastern DuPage, the Elgin-O’Hare is a game-changer for getting around. That’s because of a ring road on the west side of O’Hare that will connect with Route 390, the Tri-State Tollway in Franklin Park and I-90 in Des Plaines.

It’s the kind of interchange and highway spaghetti suburban drivers will eat up, with the ability to escape congestion on the I-355/I-290/Route 53 juggernaut, planners think.

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