WBEZ | tollway http://www.wbez.org/tags/tollway Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en From 1959: Take the Illinois Tollway...with Mary MacToll? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-07/1959-take-illinois-tollwaywith-mary-mactoll-108239 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 9.49.33 AM.png" alt="" /><p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="465" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lXH9Po0HO6s?rel=0" width="620"></iframe></p><p>Check out the above video from the Illinois Tollway Authority.</p><p>The three tollways that made up the system at the time--the Tri-State, Northwest and East-West--opened in 1958, so a series of spots were created in 1959 to promote use of the 187-mile network. The advertisements featured the character Mary MacToll, tooling around the tollway in a convertible while <strike>mocking us with</strike>&nbsp;singing a variation of the Scottish tune, <em>The Bonnie Banks O&#39; Loch Lomond.</em></p><p>Credit the toll authority for unearthing this gem. The agency posted it on YouTube in 2011, but I ran across it earlier this morning when a fit of insomnia prompted me to get on the computer.</p><p>Watching the commercial now, you can&#39;t help but notice how naive it all was. Much of the tree lined suburban countryside seen in 1959 would be plowed under for office parks, malls and housing subdivisions in the decades to come. The agency now has 290 miles of roads under its control and has spent a whopping $3.6 billion since 2005 to keep them in good repair.</p><p>But that&#39;s now; this is then. And.there&#39;s more on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBaWAZnTAa0&amp;list=PLA8F4C9BE9D318F46">agency&#39;s YouTube channel</a>.</p></p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-07/1959-take-illinois-tollwaywith-mary-mactoll-108239 Illinois Tollway approves $125M for work on I-90 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-tollway-approves-125m-work-i-90-104841 <p><p>DOWNERS GROVE, Ill.&nbsp; &mdash; The Illinois Tollway is approving five construction projects totaling $125 million for work on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, which is part of Interstate 90 in the Chicago area.</p><p>The rebuilding and widening projects are scheduled to take place from 2013 through 2016. The work is part of the Tollway&#39;s 15-year, $12 billion capital program.</p><p>The projects will make I-90 eight lanes from the Kennedy Expressway to Randall Road and six lanes from Randall Road to Interstate 39.</p><p>It will be built to accommodate new transit options and park-and-ride facilities.</p><p>Tollway Director Kristi Lafleur says the congestion relief will save motorists $440 million a year and the work will create more than 11,000 permanent jobs in the Chicago area.</p></p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 07:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-tollway-approves-125m-work-i-90-104841 Illinois Tollway: Expect increased traffic ahead of holidays, increased toll rates after http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-12-19/illinois-tollway-expect-increased-traffic-ahead-holidays-increased-to <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-December/2011-12-19/CiceroTraffic_500.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-19/CiceroTraffic_500.jpg" style="margin-bottom: 15px; width: 500px; height: 255px;" title="(Flickr/asirap)"></p><p>If you’ll be on the toll roads this holiday season, you can expect to share them with 15.4 million other drivers — a three percent increase over last year’s holiday season, according to a statement from the Illinois Tollway.</p><p>An estimated 200,000 additional cars will use the Tollway on Friday, December 23, the day of heaviest anticipated travel, compared to that of an average day of 1.4 million drivers.</p><p>In order to alleviate congestion, the Tollway is suspending temporary maintenance and construction-lane closures on both holiday weekends.&nbsp;</p><p>The holiday season also marks a change in toll prices.&nbsp;</p><p>As you ring in the New Year on January 1, toll rates for cars will increase at midnight to help fund Move Illinois, a $12 billion program to expand existing toll roads and build an all-electric Elgin-O’Hare West Bypass.</p><p>Rate increases vary between 83 and 100 percent.</p><ul><li>On I-90, rates at the River Road Toll Plaza will rise from $0.40 to $0.75 for cars with I-Pass and from $0.80 to $1.50 for cash.</li><li>The Touhy Avenue plaza on the Tri-State Tollway is increasing from $0.50 to $0.95 with I-Pass and $1.00 to $1.90 for cash.</li><li>The largest increases on I-88 are at the DeKalb and and Dixon tolls from $0.95 to $1.80 with I-Pass or $1.90 to $3.60.</li></ul><p>On a bright note, there will be free (small) cups of coffee to help drivers stay alert on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at the seven oases, which the Tollway said was courtesy of McDonald’s and 7-Eleven.</p><p><a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/76078398/Toll-Rate-Increase-Quad-Fold-Web" style="margin: 12px auto 6px; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; display: inline ! important; text-decoration: underline;" title="View Toll Rate Increase Quad Fold Web on Scribd">Toll Rate Increase Quad Fold Web</a></p><p><object data="http://d1.scribdassets.com/ScribdViewer.swf" id="doc_62912" name="doc_62912" style="outline: medium none;" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="630" height="600"><param name="movie" value="http://d1.scribdassets.com/ScribdViewer.swf"><param name="wmode" value="opaque"><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><param name="FlashVars" value="document_id=76078398&amp;access_key=key-1s810qyt4anrj9i11nsh&amp;page=1&amp;viewMode=list"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="#ffffff" id="doc_62912" name="doc_62912" src="http://d1.scribdassets.com/ScribdViewer.swf?document_id=76078398&amp;access_key=key-1s810qyt4anrj9i11nsh&amp;page=1&amp;viewMode=list" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="opaque" width="630" height="600"></object></p></p> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 20:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-12-19/illinois-tollway-expect-increased-traffic-ahead-holidays-increased-to PACE buses to drive on highway shoulders http://www.wbez.org/story/pace-buses-drive-highway-shoulders-93816 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-07/PACE bus.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>PACE buses will soon be driving on the shoulders of Interstate 55, the Stevenson Expressway, in and around Chicago. The new project is expected to save riders up to a half hour in a round-trip commute.</p><p>Buses can use designated shoulders only during rush hour and only when traffic is moving under 35 miles per hour. Marva Boyd is with the Illinois Department of Transportation. She said the state will use federal money to keep debris clear from the highway and its shoulders.</p><p>"At all times, the shoulders will continue to serve their primary purpose of providing a place for motorists to pull over if necessary - for example in the event of a vehicle breakdown, a flat tire, etc," Boyd said.</p><p>Boyd added that Illinois state police will make sure drivers don't follow buses into the special lane. Two PACE bus routes, route 755 and 855, are scheduled to start using the highway's shoulder on November 14th.</p><p>If the pilot project goes well, transportation officials say they may expand it to other area roadways. The Bus on Shoulder program was chosen to start on this highway because of a $35 million dollar project ending this month that resurfaced the Stevenson Exrepssway and improved its shoulders.</p></p> Mon, 07 Nov 2011 19:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/pace-buses-drive-highway-shoulders-93816