Illinois Route 390 Tollway now open for business

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 7/12/2016

The first all-electronic toll road on the Illinois Tollway opened for business on July 5, according to an Illinois Tollway spokesperson. Tolls are in effect on the new Illinois Route 390 Tollway between Lake Street (U.S. Route 20) and Interstate 290.

New tolls in the Chicago area will be cashless only, with no toll booths or coin baskets. Motorists using the Illinois Route 390 Tollway must pay via I-PASS, online or mail. Drivers not using I-PASS and pay online in July will have an extended grace period to pay until July 31. Starting Aug. 1, a 7-day grace period will be applied.

According to the Illinois Tollway, trucks can enjoy a 33 percent discount rate using I-PASS. Truck tolls range from 40 cents to $3.10 per transaction, with overnight discounts offered.

Fines for missed tolls recorded on the Illinois Route 390 Tollway will be lower than on the rest of the Tollway system to account for more frequent toll collection points.

  • $10 per violation at time of notice ($20 elsewhere on Tollway)
  • $25 per escalated violation ($50 elsewhere on Tollway).

The Illinois Route 390 Tollway is the first completed segment of the $3.4 billion Elgin O’Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project, according to Dan Rozek, senior manager of communications at the Illinois Tollway. Designated a project of National and Regional Significance by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the projects aims to improve travel efficiency, encourage economic development and provide access to O’Hare International Airport.

Last November, the American Highway Users Alliance conducted research regarding the worst bottlenecks in the nation. A 12-mile stretch of the Kennedy Expressway (Interstate 90) in Chicago between the “Circle” Interchange (with I-290) and the Edens Junction (at I-94) landed the number one spot.

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