Daily Herald: New section of Route 390 opens, is called ‘just the beginning’

Nov. 1, 2017

Marni Pyke, Daily Herald 

A new segment of Route 390 opened Wednesday, bringing better transportation connections, higher tolls and questions about what happens when the road eventually breaks into O’Hare International Airport.

The latest section of Route 390 stretches from I-290 in Itasca to Route 83 and should ease travel times for suburbanites by 25 percent, officials estimate…

Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans said extending Route 390 east had the “full support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel as we work to build a better and even more efficient O’Hare.

“Today there is only one point of entry to O’Hare on the east side,” she said. “Creating a new entryway will benefit airport-bound travelers as well as other commuters and communities and businesses west of O’Hare.”

DuPage Chairman Dan Cronin said the county will still push for an actual terminal on the west of O’Hare.

“We don’t want (United and American) overburdened, but we need to continue to bang the drum,” he said. “There has to be faith (the terminal) will not only become reality but be wildly successful in terms of economic development.”

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