New Tolls already planned for Elgin-O’Hare Route

| February 3, 2013

Although the long-awaited, $3.4 billion Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project will not be completed until around 2025, Federal officials have already signed off on plans to convert the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway into a wider, longer, “all-electronic” tollway with an estimated 20 cents a mile toll that would access the western edge of O’Hare Airport by 2018.  The new booth-free tollway would constitute the first all-electronic toll road in the Illinois Tollway system. Officials have yet to decide where the toll sites will be and it’s possible travelers might have to pay more than one toll during their drive. Still to be determined is how to charge drivers without an I-Pass although they may be charged more than I-Pass drivers.

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