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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #1050 on: August 01, 2020, 11:22:55 PM »

Same thing for the “To Eola Road” exits - WB should be Bilter Rd/To Eola Rd. EB should be Diehl Rd/To Eola Rd, but whatever. ISTHA didn’t ask me
Bigger question I have is why wasn't the Eola Road interchange a folded diamond, rather than the indirect design built?
Serving the WB Reagan, that really should have been built as a Folded Diamond on the north side of the road. Plenty of room there

Serving the EB Reagan, there really isn’t much room between the Tollway and Diehl Rd. Even if the ramps were squeezed in for the Folded Diamond, that would be very close-in Stoplights at the fictional ramps and then to Diehl Rd

The design with the ramps to Bilter and Diehl Rds really does help traffic flow on Eola. At least it did when used to live/work up that way a few years back. Eola would be more like the pre-DDI mess at I-88 and IL 59 if those ramps were thrown in there. Even with the DDI Diehl Rd’s close proximity to I-88 causes issues at IL 59, too
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #1051 on: August 02, 2020, 03:11:23 PM »

Same thing for the “To Eola Road” exits - WB should be Bilter Rd/To Eola Rd. EB should be Diehl Rd/To Eola Rd, but whatever. ISTHA didn’t ask me
Bigger question I have is why wasn't the Eola Road interchange a folded diamond, rather than the indirect design built?
Serving the WB Reagan, that really should have been built as a Folded Diamond on the north side of the road. Plenty of room there

Serving the EB Reagan, there really isn’t much room between the Tollway and Diehl Rd. Even if the ramps were squeezed in for the Folded Diamond, that would be very close-in Stoplights at the fictional ramps and then to Diehl Rd

The design with the ramps to Bilter and Diehl Rds really does help traffic flow on Eola. At least it did when used to live/work up that way a few years back. Eola would be more like the pre-DDI mess at I-88 and IL 59 if those ramps were thrown in there. Even with the DDI Diehl Rd’s close proximity to I-88 causes issues at IL 59, too

I believe that I read somewhere when they where coming up with the design for the interchange, they made it that way to accommodate the current residential area along Bilter and the future industrial builds along Bilter/Ferry and Diehl. One of those industrial builds is on Diehl between Eola and the current ramp. I think it may have opened by now. On Bilter/Ferry, there's all that the open space (zoned industrial/commercial) west of Eola but east of Eola is a couple of distribution centers. So that may be the reason.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #1052 on: August 02, 2020, 04:05:40 PM »

Bigger question I have is why wasn't the Eola Road interchange a folded diamond, rather than the indirect design built?

Good question. And while we are at it, why wasn’t the Farnsworth Ave interchange rebuilt into an SPUI? Would have been a much better design rather than cutting corners with the design they used.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #1053 on: August 02, 2020, 04:57:23 PM »

Bigger question I have is why wasn't the Eola Road interchange a folded diamond, rather than the indirect design built?

Good question. And while we are at it, why wasn’t the Farnsworth Ave interchange rebuilt into an SPUI? Would have been a much better design rather than cutting corners with the design they used.
The simple answer is because of the Outlet Mall traffic. During the holidays, the North Farnsworth ramp backs up onto 88. Also, the Hollywood Casino is planning on moving from Downtown Aurora to near the Outlet Mall along Bilter Rd. I have friends who are dealers that have told me this. They want to do this in the next 3 years or so. The Chicago Tribune had the article a year ago June.
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