November 13, 2013
Plans for long-proposed western access to O’Hare International Airport got a fair-sized push today with the news that $69 million in federal money has been obtained for the extension of the Elgin-O’Hare tollway to the western edge of the airfield.
Officials in DuPage County, which hopes to gain tons of new business investment from western access, announced that they obtained the funds from an air quality improvement program run by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, which administers certain federal funds.
Together with some other recent grants, DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin said local officials have closed about a third of the $300 million gap needed to complete the project. The Illinois Tollway has pledged $3.1 billion, but the locals are responsible for the $300 million match.
Today’s news was not a huge surprise, since federal officials earlier in the year OK’d converting the existing Elgin-O’Hare freeway to a toll road. But it certainly helps.
“Through an unprecedented collaboration, the county and the region have agreed to make western access a priority as we seek additional funding through a variety of resources,” Mr. Cronin said in a statement.
Read the full article on the Chicago Business website.