Getting to O'Hare: Western Access Plan Advances

Elgin O'Hare Western Bypass Plan Continues to Move Forward

By Kye Martin
|  Friday, Apr 5, 2013  |  Updated 12:36 PM CDT
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Getting to O'Hare:  Western Access Plan Advances

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Progress continues on an ambitious plan to finally connect the Western and Northwest Suburbs with O'Hare International Airport.

The environmental impact statement for the Elgin O'Hare Western Access Project has been sent to the Federal authorities, meaning this project can continue to inch forward. 

The Illinois Tollway wants to provide the missing connectivity to the airport from the west, and inspire growth and development opportunities along that corridor.  Tollway officials believe the end product would reduce congestion where I-90, I-190 and the Tri-State intersect, as most of us enter the airport from the East on I-190.

Here's what the project entails:  Converting the existing Elgin O'Hare Expressway to a toll road, extending it east to O'Hare, and connecting that extension with I-90 and I-294. 

Now, the EIS, which has already been approved by the FAA, goes to the Federal Highway Administration.  A decision on the plan is expected by the end of December.

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