Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Illinois Tollway will force drivers to join I-Pass by not accpting money at new interchange linking Interstates 57 and 294
When the first phase of the interchange linking Interstates 57 and 294 opens, using coins to drive on it might be a thing of the past.
With more drivers on the Illinois tollway system opting for I-Pass over cash, that interchange would likely rely solely on electronic tolling, bypassing coins altogether, Kristi Lafleur, the tollway authority’s executive director, told the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce on Monday.
Lafleur said the first phase of that interchange — linking northbound I-294 to I-57 south and I-57 northbound traffic to northbound I-294 — is scheduled to be finished by October 2014.
The Illinois Department of Transportation is rebuilding the I-57 bridge over I-294, and that work is scheduled to wrap up this fall. IDOT also is reconstructing and widening the Kedzie Avenue bridge over I-57.
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