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$12B Tollway Plan Passed

This morning, the Illinois Toll Highway Authority’s Board of Directors voted 7-1 in favor of the proposed $12 billion capital investment plan that will create 13,000 construction jobs each year for the next decade.

This plan will fund major repairs of the existing roadways as well as build new ones, such as the Interstate 294 bypass around O’Hare and an extension of the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway. Hundreds of millions in funding will also be allocated for continued pre-construction studies of the Illiana Expressway and the northern extension of Route 53 into Lake County.

The plan’s funding will come in part from a toll increase, the first of its kind in 28 years. Because of this, the plan was mat with harsh criticism at public hearings, and Local 150 members were crucial in voicing public support for the capital package. Several hundred members came out to submit written and spoken comments at the fifteen meetings, which took place over the course of four days late last week and early this week.

The Tollway will now begin identifying the most high-priority projects and putting sections out for bid.

“This is a huge shot in the arm for the men and women who work on these roads,” said James Sweeney, Local 150’s President-Business Manager. “Local 150 members came out in force to support this, and we sure can’t wait to get to work on these projects.”



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