Illinois Tollway to Host Construction Contract Meeting

| November 1, 2013




Focus on providing detailed information to contractors interested in bidding on upcoming work

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway will host a free event to educate interested contracting firms about upcoming construction opportunities on the Elgin O’Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project. Construction begins this year and is scheduled through 2025.

The construction contract meeting will take place on Thursday, November 7, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Westin Chicago Northwest, 400 Park Boulevard in Itasca. The meeting will provide general contractors, specialty subcontractors and subcontractors with a technical project overview, as well as opportunities to network and meet others who may also be interested in participating on upcoming contracts on the EOWA Project.

At the event, Tollway and project staff will provide an overview of the project including technical details, anticipated contracts, general timing and schedule, initial construction contract packaging and staging, and diversity requirements. Contractors will learn details about 2013-2018 construction activities including mainline and off-system improvements, bridges, retaining walls, noisewalls, earthwork, utilities, permitting and drainage.

The EOWA Project is part of the 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. The project includes construction of 17 new miles of toll roads and 15 interchanges on the Tollway system and involves construction of a new, all-electronic toll road around the western border of O’Hare International Airport linking the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), the extension of the Elgin O’Hare Expressway east along Thorndale Avenue to O’Hare and the rehabilitation and widening of the existing Elgin O’Hare Expressway.

Due to the overall magnitude of the project and potential to dramatically improve mobility, freight connectivity and enhance the national and regional economies, the EOWA Project is considered a Project of National and Regional Significance by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

For more information EOWA Project or to register for this free event, please visit the Illinois Tollway’s website at

About Move Illinois

The Illinois Tollway’s $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future, will improve mobility, relieve congestion, reduce pollution, create as many as 120,000 jobs and link economies across the Midwest region.  Move Illinois will address the remaining needs of the existing Tollway system; rebuild and widen the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) as a state-of-the-art 21st century corridor; construct a new interchange to connect the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to I-57; build a new, all-electronic Elgin O’Hare Western Access and fund planning studies for the Illinois Route 53/120 Project and the Illiana Expressway.

About the Illinois Tollway

The Illinois Tollway is a user-fee system that receives no state or federal funds for maintenance and operations. The agency maintains and operates 286 miles of interstate tollways in 12 counties in Northern Illinois, including the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) and the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80).


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