Officials from several of Chicago’s southern suburbs want the state to
build an extension of the North-South Tollway that would run from Interstate 55
to Interstate 80, The Chicago Tribune reported
The 12- to 13-mile-long extension would lengthen Interstate 355 from the
current end of the tollway near Bolingbrook, IL, on I-55 to I-80 near Joliet. The
highway currently runs through central DuPage County, connecting on the north
with Interstate 290, the Eisenhower Extension.
The Tribune reported recently
that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, has lent his support to
the project, and a group of officials from the southern suburbs has expressed
an interest in meeting with Gov. Rod Blagojevich to discuss options to get the
project on track, including raising tolls on the current tollway.