WBBM: Illinois Tollway Delivers New Illinois Route 390 Tollway

Nov. 1, 2017

Bernie Tafoya, WBBM Radio

The Illinois Tollway gathered with state, county and local officials Wednesday to mark the completion of the $780 million Illinois Route 390 Tollway Project.

Illinois Route 90, previously known as the Elgin–O’Hare Expressway, is 10 miles long and runs from Lake Street to Illinois Route 83. The completion paves the way for a new connection to O’Hare, which will allow for western access to the airport…

Schillerstrom adds that the new Tollway is expected to reduce travel time by more than seven minutes for the trip between the western side of O’Hare Airport and Lake Street — a savings of 25 percent.

DuPage County Board chairman Dan Cronin calls the latest road opening a “meaningful step,” but adds, “we aren’t really going to be able to celebrate until we realize the full potential of this project, and that is gaining access to O’Hare Airport.”

Officials believe that western access could result in 65,000 new permanent jobs from the expected growth.

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