I-294 Corridor Planning
Central Tri-State Tollway Information
The Illinois Tollway Authority as put together a website with preliminary Information regarding their design objectives for the Tri-State Tollway. The presentation from the 04/24/17 public meeting held at the Hinsdale Oasis is found above.
Residents mail email their comments directly to the tollway at the link below.
Frequently Asked Questions
In 2011, the Tollway completed a comprehensive 18-month review and public discussion of the Illinois Tollway's needs for its existing system and opportunities to improve regional mobility. As a result of the public input and discussion, the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors adopted the 15-year, $12 billion capital program, called Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future, identifying improvements to the Illinois tollway system.
As part of that capital plan, the Tollway identified the reconstruction of the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) from 95th Street to Balmoral Avenue.
What are the Tollway's plans for I-294?
The Tollway created the Central Tri-State Corridor Planning Council to coordinate with regional stakeholders along I-294. Council members included representatives from the council of mayors, the region's transportation agencies, local business association leaders, local municipalities and representatives from the commercial freight industry. The complete list of participants on the council can be found at the following link: Central Tri-State Corridor Planning Council Participating Members
The council met over a period of six months during 2015 to identify issues and opportunities, and build long-term corridor recommendations from the participating stakeholders. The Council's findings and recommendations were published January 2016 and the report can be found at: Central Tri-State Tollway Corridor Planning Council: Findings and Recommendations
Has the Tollway met with the Village?
Village staff has met with the Tollway on several occasions in 2016 and 2017. Tollway staff and their engineers are gathering survey information from the Village to locate underground utilities such as water and sewer mains, fiber optics and other infrastructure near the Tollway right-of-way.
Tollway engineers are also gathering survey data, soil boring and other information near the BNSF bridge. The BNSF bridge will present a major coordination effort between the Village, the BNSF and the Tollway when any reconstruction project occurs. Reconstruction of the BNSF bridge as well as any diversion of rail traffic is expected to take place prior to any work on the I-294 corridor. In April of 2016 the Tollway met with the Village to discuss the potential impacts of the BNSF bridge work. The Tollway provided the Village proposed easements for the construction of a shoo-fly for the bridge work. April 2016 - Illinois Tollway Proposed Easements for BNSF Bridge Reconstruction Easements
Similar work may be required for the bridges at 55th Street, 47th Street, Ogden Avenue and the pedestrian bridge at Maple Street.
What concerns or information has been provided to the Tollway?
The Tollway requested from the Village information regarding the locations of underground utilities for their preliminary engineering work. The Village has also provided the Tollway a letter in July 2016 outlining comments and concerns pertaining to the BNSF bridge improvements. The letter from the Village Engineer's Office can be found at the following link: July 16, 2016 Letter to Illinois Toll Highway Authority.
Has the Tollway talked to the Village about widening I-294?
Conversations with the Tollway and the Village have focused on the reconstruction of the BNSF and the potential impacts from that reconstruction. The Tollway has stated that they are exploring the possibility of adding additional lanes to I-294 and a recent presentation on April 24, 2017 outlined the Tollway's recommendations to their Board. It is anticipated that the Tollway Board will provide direction to their staff's recommendation in late spring.
The Village has not yet seen any engineering plans that identify an additional lane. The Tollway is expected to present their Master Plan for public comment in late spring 2017.