Illinois Tollway Drivers May Pay for $12B in Projects

Wed August 03, 2011 - Midwest Edition

CHICAGO (AP) Tolls could be going up next year for Illinois Tollway drivers.

Officials announced July 29 a plan to increase tolls to pay for a $12 billion project to repair and expand Chicago-area expressways.

Tolls would increase from 80 cents to $1.50 for cash-paying vehicles. For I-Pass users, tolls would rise from 40 cents to 75 cents.

The Tollways wants the rates to take effect Jan. 1. Public hearings will be held in August and the tollway board could vote on the plan Aug. 25.

The 15-year construction project would rebuild the Jane Addams Tollway to Rockford, fix 20 mi. of the Tri-State Tollway and add an interchange in the south suburbs. The plan includes converting the Elgin-O’Hare expressway into a tollway with access to O’Hare International Airport.