Tolls May Double To Fund Major Tollway Projects

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (CBS) — Tolls could double on the Illinois Tollway system, which is dealing with a $1 billion shortfall.

As CBS 2’s Kris Habermehl reports, the Daily Herald says the Illinois Toll Highway Authority has concluded it will need $6 billion from now through 2026 to preserve and upgrade the tollway system.

But only $5 billion is now available.

The major projects include the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway, which despite its name does not make it all the way to O’Hare International Airport. Funding is needed to extend the expressway to the western edge of O’Hare, and also to build a western bypass around O’Hare, the Daily Herald reported.

Also planned are an interchange at the Tri-State Tollway (Interstate 294) and I-57, new lanes and space for mass transit on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), and a northerly expansion of Route 53, the Daily Herald reported.

For these projects – the Elgin-O’Hare extension in particular – tolls might have to double, officials say. Rates last doubled for cash Tollway customers in 2005.

  • Pothead

    Anyone remember the lie told years ago that the tolls would just be a temporary thing ?

    • Roberta Waker

      Not only was it supposed to be a temporary thing; they also talked about ELIMINATING tolls on these roads. I also agree with Karen, other states that don’t have tollroads have better roads and they move smoother. It’s getting so expensive to live in Illinois, everyone that can should move to another state and commute; it would certainly be a lot cheaper.

  • Karen

    I remember that lie, too. What I would like to know is whose pocket all that toll money is going into? Drive through states with freeways – the roads are much better, last longer, and when they work on them the work is done much quicker and more efficiently with the least disruption of traffic.

    • Chris

      Very true! I moved from the Chicago area a few years back to Iowa, and now South Dakota and the traveling back and forth on I-90 through Minn. and Wis. taught me one thing.. you know when you get into Illinois from how bad the roads become!

      • Roberta Waker

        Wow! I couldn’t agree more. You go from moving along in Wisconsin to a screeching halt when you cross the Illinois border. Too bad there isn’t a helicopter service to get to and from – it would certainly save a lot of money and aggravation in the long run.

  • Christine Herwig Liebke

    Wow! Just wow! I am just going to give the state of il one of my debit cards..they take all my money anyways.

  • Larry Polte

    This is what happens when you have democrats in charge. The tollway system is nothing more than a scam for the crooked politicians who get kick backs for giving contracts to the same road repair companies over and over.

    The democrats are making it to expensive to live in Illinois!

    • Roberta Waker

      It isn’t only the Democrats – the Republicans have done their share too. Remember when the State income tax was only supposed to be temporary? The tollways were supposed to be temporary? When they use the word “temporary” you KNOW they are lying. NOTHING is only temporary in this or any other state.

    • Vicky

      ‘Live’? You mean ‘exist’.

  • Vicky

    ILLAnnoy strikes yet again. Funny thing is, I just drove to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and back and the ONLY toll that I hit was on the West Virginia Turnpike….and the roads were ALL in MUCH BETTER CONDITION than OURS and no effin’ construction every 5 miles with lazy workers goofing around!

  • yeaok

    Yea Vicky, blame the workers!!!! The politicianss keep stealing and you blame the working people. How about blaming all the gimme more handout programs that waste millions and leave the workers out of it. At least there not getting paid to stay home and do nothing!!!!! Do you have any idea how many Lazy highway workers(as you put it) get killed every year? Blame the right people.

    • Lew

      The union workers stretch out those projects as long as possible in order to maximize their money. Believe me, they are not saints. In Japan, workers work 24/7 to get the project done. Why can’t our workers do the same? Instead, some loser stands out there turning a stop and slow sign for $30 an hour. Do you think you need a college degree to do that?

  • Jim

    There is an expressway between Elgin-O’Hare, it’s called I-90!!! I guess they need to buy more votes for the next election!

  • Taxpayer 2

    Seem like everything you buy now is very high in price due to inflation, so everyone is passing on the high prices on each other. A type of domino effect.

    Roads need to be fix. Union workers come in and fix the roads at a higher cost, because of the materials high cost. The material store price is high is because of high energy and high productivity cost.

    A bad housing market, some people upside down on their loans. Politicians that lied very well, but do not know how to budget our money well. All these things take into play why some of our roads are fix and toll roads might double in price.

    Now everything is price out of wack, because of the condonium craze that start some decades ago. And some politicians that continue to waste tax payers money..

    We realize that it starts from the top. And we seeing it more and more with our eyes that these democrats is destroying everything. There is a whole lot more rich democrats in these offices than anybody else.

    When voting time comes around again, vote them out of office. If the president of united states can have term limits in office, then all the rest of our lying officials should have term limits too.

    So it might be the workers fault too, it still starts from the top. Term limits put on all public official (asap). Starting with ice Mike Speaker of the House.

  • Fitz

    Just like the lottery which was suppose to fund education and schools another Illinois promise NOT kept again. The toll system has plenty of money all they need to do is keep the governors from dipping into it. And I mean ALL governors because they have all done so to either line their pockets or pay for some part of their agendas. All they really need to do it toll the elgin o’hare route and they will have the money.
    What other state do you know of where past governors make the license plates. LOL

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