Toll Hikes Proposed To Pay For Improvements

The Illinois proposed a $12 billion capital plan that would be funded with a toll rate hike of 35 cents to 45 cents.

The Illinois Tollway is proposing a $12 billion capital plan that would be funded by rate hikes for motorists.

Tolls would increase by 35 cents at a typical mainline toll plaza. Revenue from the increase would fund capital improvements through 2026. The plan includes:

  • Reconstructing and widening Interstate 90 from Interstate 294 to Rockford.
  • Reconstructing more than 20 miles of the central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) and the Edens Spur (I-94)
  • Preserving the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88)
  • Preserving the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355)
  • Repairing roads, bridges and maintenance facilities
  • Other capital projects, including local interchanges

Cash-paying motorists currently pay double the tolls of I-PASS users. Their rates would go up and they would continue to pay double.

The Daily Herald reported that some tolls will increase by more than 35 cents. The 35-cent hike would be applied to 40-cent tolls. Other toll plazas would increase by 45 cents.

A press release from the tollway states that this is the first rate hike since 1983, however, rates doubled for non-I-PASS toll users in 2005, the Daily Herald reported.

The tollway will present details of the plan in a series of public hearings in August. Also the Tollway is seeking feedback on its Web site.

Here is a complete schedule of the planned public hearings:

August 18, 7-9 p.m.

  • Cook County - Chicago Ridge City Hall, 10455 S. Ridgeland Avenue, Chicago Ridge, IL
  • DuPage County - DuPage County Government Center, 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL
  • Kane County - Kane County Gov. Center, 719 S. Batavia Avenue, Building A, Geneva, IL
  • Will County - Village of New Lenox, 1 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox, IL

Aug. 19, 7-9 p.m.

  • Boone County - Community Building, 111 W. 1st Street, Belvidere, IL
  • DeKalb County - NIU-Convocation Center, 1525 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL
  • Lake County - Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W. Church Street, Libertyville, IL
  • McHenry County - Village of Huntley, 10987 Main Street, Huntley, IL

Aug. 22, 7-9 p.m.

  • Lee County - Comfort Inn, 154 Plaza Drive, Dixon, IL
  • Ogle County - Comfort Inn & Suites, 1122 N. Seventh Street, Rochelle, IL
  • Whiteside County - Sterling Municipal Building, 212 3rd Avenue, Sterling, IL
  • Winnebago County - Clock Tower Resort, 7801 E. State Street, Rockford, IL
Tim Froehlig July 29, 2011 at 11:56 PM
While I understand that repairs are needed for roads, I have had it with this state. Every second it's "we want more of your money," and it never stops. I would urge people to go to these public hearings and ask them this one, simple question: How much would it cost to build or repair these roads with high-quality concrete that would last 20-30 years or more, instead of constantly patching or rebuilding the same roads over and over every few years? Then sit back and watch as the members of the toll authority shuffle giving you an excuse as to why it will once again be the same union workers making the same ridiculously high wage paving these roads for Illinois, with yet more shoddy concrete that chips or breaks in a ridiculously short period of time. Our existing tax dollars are supposed to go toward fixing our roads, not this. While at these meetings, ask the toll authority why we still have tolls when we were promised they would be temporary when they were created. Seriously, we need to start asking these people the difficult questions the members of the media continue to refuse to ask them. This artcile also says: "A press release from the tollway states that this is the first rate hike since 1983, however, rates doubled for non-I-PASS toll users in 2005, the Daily Herald reported." Really? Must have been my imagination when that Waukegan toll jumped to $1.00, and when almost all the local exits in the north suburbs jumped from $0.25 to $0.50.
Sully July 30, 2011 at 12:06 AM
Tim, instead of blaming unions, blame the politicians who are not far-sighted enough to put real money into the infrastructure of this country. The answer is always the same- we'll get to it LATER. Later is here, has been here, for quite sometime. I'm not just speaking of the tollway or even just Illinois. Our infrastructure has always been an afterthought (for both parties) and the time will come when that afterthought will have to take center stage.
Tim Froehlig July 30, 2011 at 12:14 AM
Funny you should mention that, go look at my link on the home page about an editorial I wrote after the state income tax hikes in January. There's more than plenty of blame to go around, and I can tell you from my past experiences speaking with the Toll Authority. they are about as far from being media friendly as you can imagine. And while that was when Joelle McGinnis was the spokesperson, I cannot imagine much has changed. Here's that link I spoke of about my column, or it is also on the Grayslake home page: http://libertyville.patch.com/articles/opinion-enough-is-enough-illinois And while there are many very deserving hard-working union members, I have had jobs in the electronic alarm installation industry, as one example, where I've seen people with some of the cushiest union jobs you could ever imagine, ones who refuse to even lift more than 50 pounds because it is "in their contracts." Many of these people keep voting Illinois politicians in for that very reason, don't kid yourself.
Fifteen Year Grayslake Resident July 30, 2011 at 02:58 PM
Notice that the press information leaves out the details of new road building, including the I-57/I-294 interchange (very much needed) and the Elgin O'Hare bypass that is currently in a Tier 2 Environmental Impact Statement (see http://www.elginohare-westbypass.org/SitePages/Home.aspx)


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