Suburban officials want extension of Chicago-area tollway

| 12/17/2003

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 Dec. 16.

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.