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abefroman329

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Re: Chicago Skyway McDonalds
« Reply #50 on: June 25, 2018, 04:01:47 PM »

Tollway Oasis trivia.

The I-88 Reagan Tollway electronic toll collection zone in Downers Grove was land originally acquired to build yet another overhead oasis.

Why it never got built when IL-5 was built no one knows. The land sat empty for some 50 plus years until ISTHA demolished the Oak Brook collection zone and shifted it west.
the Oak Brook tolls where spilt up to make room for Hi speed tolling but it looks like there is only room for one side of an oasis in Downers Grove.
But what is need? on I-294 both ways you where not far from them.

I agree that there doesn't appear to be enough room if you look here:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Downers+Grove,+IL/@41.8374883,-87.9978197,842m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x880e5174f031d539:0x1de1b9b6ac3938a!8m2!3d41.8089191!4d-88.0111746

Maybe they sold the land on the north side of the tollway?  If not, you'd have had to shift the roadway south in order to have room for parking lots on both sides, and that would be unusual.

Yes, there are oases on 294, but that wouldn't do you much good if you were traveling from Chicago to points west.
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Re: Chicago Skyway McDonalds
« Reply #51 on: June 29, 2018, 06:10:44 PM »

Tollway Oasis trivia.

The I-88 Reagan Tollway electronic toll collection zone in Downers Grove was land originally acquired to build yet another overhead oasis.

Why it never got built when IL-5 was built no one knows. The land sat empty for some 50 plus years until ISTHA demolished the Oak Brook collection zone and shifted it west.
the Oak Brook tolls where spilt up to make room for Hi speed tolling but it looks like there is only room for one side of an oasis in Downers Grove.
But what is need? on I-294 both ways you where not far from them.

I agree that there doesn't appear to be enough room if you look here:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Downers+Grove,+IL/@41.8374883,-87.9978197,842m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x880e5174f031d539:0x1de1b9b6ac3938a!8m2!3d41.8089191!4d-88.0111746

Maybe they sold the land on the north side of the tollway?  If not, you'd have had to shift the roadway south in order to have room for parking lots on both sides, and that would be unusual.

Yes, there are oases on 294, but that wouldn't do you much good if you were traveling from Chicago to points west.

When I read about that years ago I thought the same thing.

Now mind you there were no developments around there in 1956, so they might have sold off one side in the late 60's or early 70's.

I will check some historical aerials and see what was there.
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