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ET21:
294 rebuild notes

-No major changes between 95th and I-55. Bridge work continues on 88th Ave, Mile Long, I-55 mainline, and the new ramp from I-55 to NB 294. Roadway work continues especially between Willow Springs Rd and the I-55/NB 294 ramp. Noise walls going up along the NB lanes between Willow Springs and I-55. There will be a big traffic shift happening this week in this section.

-Plainfield Rd to I-88, the EB Plainfield Rd bridge is almost ready and the WB side is expected to start getting torn down soon. Hinsdale Oasis minus the median supports is gone. The new pedestrian bridge adjacent to 47th St is 50% up over the NB lanes. BNSF bridge is pretty much done it looks like, work is now adjusting to begin 294 expansion. Ogden Ave has begun shifts/bridge work. Expansion work continues from Ogden onto the NB294 to WB I-88 ramp.

-I-88 to St. Charles, an absolute mess during rush hour lol. The split on the NB294 to I-290 ramp causes gridlock now every day cause people still don't read signs and dart over last minute. But, WB-290 ramp has shifted onto the new concrete, now they have begun to tear out parts of the old ramp. Bridge supports continue to go up for the new ramps. EB 290 to SB 294 is shifted to the left while they build the new ramp to its right.

-St. Charles to Bensenville Bridge, no major changes. Expansion work continues on the SB lanes between WB 290 ramp to just before EB 290 ramp. Reconstruction continues in the middle from WB 290 to Wolf Rd. 490 interchange continues, most of the steel beams are up for the NB 294 to NB 490, they have now begun to build the median bridge support. A big traffic shift is expected here as well over the next week.

-Bensenville Bridge and northward, shifts continue for bridge rebuilds on both NB/SB 294 including through O'Hare Oasis. Otherwise north of that roadwork has been completed.

JoePCool14:
When it comes to the tolling, I think ISTHA should consider moving towards a EOE-styled approach. It's definitely more simple to understand and means you pay per segment you travel. No double paying or being charged for exiting and re-entering.

ChiMilNet:

--- Quote from: JoePCool14 on August 20, 2022, 08:15:07 AM ---When it comes to the tolling, I think ISTHA should consider moving towards a EOE-styled approach. It's definitely more simple to understand and means you pay per segment you travel. No double paying or being charged for exiting and re-entering.

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I am rather surprised with the Central Tri State rebuild they don't just simply remove the toll plazas where it is being rebuilt, for instance, the Cermak Rd Toll Plaza honestly could just be removed and then the sides turned into a regular C/D type of ramp

dvferyance:

--- Quote from: JoePCool14 on August 20, 2022, 08:15:07 AM ---When it comes to the tolling, I think ISTHA should consider moving towards a EOE-styled approach. It's definitely more simple to understand and means you pay per segment you travel. No double paying or being charged for exiting and re-entering.

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That is a good point I remember when I visited Yorktown Mall this summer I was charged to exit then getting back on had to go through another toll check point.

dvferyance:
I was at the Lincoln Oasis last week and I was surprised it's half empty. I would think now that Hinsdale closed some of the businesses that were there would have moved over to Lincoln. There is no Taco Bell, KFC or Panera at Lincoln and there was at Hinsdale. Why not move them there? That would make sense. The Lake Forest Oasis to my surprise also has spaces available as well why? With 2 Oasis closed I would think the other 2 remaining ones would be filled with as many tenants as they can take but they're not.

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