Interstate 90 in Illinois

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This article is about the section of Interstate 90 in Illinois. For the entire length of the highway, see Interstate 90.

Interstate 90 marker

Interstate 90
Route information
Maintained by ISTHA, IDOT, and SCC
Length: 107.82 mi[1] (173.52 km)
Major junctions
West end: I‑39 / I‑90 at Wisconsin state line
 
East end: I-90 / Indiana Toll Road at Indiana state line
Highway system
IL 89 IL 90

Interstate 90 (I-90) in the U.S. state of Illinois runs roughly northwest-to-southeast through the northern part of the state, from the Wisconsin state line near Rockford to the Indiana state line at Chicago. I-90 traverses 108 miles (174 km) through a variety of settings, from farmland west of the Fox River Valley through the medium-density suburban west of O'Hare International Airport, through downtown Chicago, and through the heart of the industrial southeast side of Chicago before entering Indiana.

I-90 comprises several named highways. The Interstate runs along the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway from Rockford to O'Hare Airport, the Kennedy Expressway runs from O'Hare to the Chicago Loop, the Dan Ryan Expressway from the Loop to the Chicago Skyway, and the Skyway to the Indiana state line. The Jane Addams and Chicago Skyway are toll roads maintained by the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority and Skyway Concession Company, respectively. The remainder of the highway is maintained by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The Chicago Skyway, also known as Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge System, is a 7.8-mile-long (12.6 km) toll road in Chicago carrying I-90 from the Indiana Toll Road to the Dan Ryan Expressway on Chicago's South Side. The main feature of the Skyway is a 12-mile-long (0.80 km) steel truss bridge, known as the "High Bridge". The toll bridge spans the Calumet River and Calumet Harbor, a major harbor for industrial ships. The main span is 650 feet (200 m) long, provides for 125 feet (38 m) of vertical clearance, and is the highest road in Chicago.

The Jane Addams Tollway was built in the late 1950s and early 1960s as the Northwest Tollway. It was renamed in 2007 after Addams, the Nobel laureate and founder of the Settlement House movement in the United States. Between 2001 and 2004, authorities spent $250 million to rebuild much of the Chicago Skyway.

Route description[edit]

The Jane Addams Tollway in Schaumburg

Interstate 90 enters from Wisconsin with I-39. At the Rockton Road exit, I-39/90 becomes the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway. The two Interstates run south to Rockford, where I-39 continues as a freeway south to Normal. I-90 continues southeast along the tollway through the Chicago area. In Schaumburg, I-90 meets the western end of I-290, the only loop from I-90 in Illinois.

I-90 passes O'Hare International Airport, where I-190, the only spur of I-90 in Illinois, branches west to the airport terminals. I-90 continues southeast as the Kennedy Expressway and is later joined with eastbound I-94; westbound I-94 runs on the Edens Expressway. I-90 and I-94 then pass through the city, intersecting the eastern end of I-290 just west of the Chicago Loop. South of I-290, the highway is given the name of the Dan Ryan Expressway.

On Chicago's South Side, I-90 splits off from I-94 and becomes the Chicago Skyway, again becoming a toll road. I-90 then runs directly southeast to the Indiana state line, and becomes the Indiana Toll Road at the state line.

Often confusing to non-residents is the direction system for I-90/94, in which signs that say "I-90/94 West" go north/northwest and signs that say "I-90/94 East" go south/southeast. This naming system is due to the overall direction of the expressway. I-90/94 West goes north, splits into I-94 and I-90, continues north to Wisconsin, and then goes west, I-90 going to Seattle. I-90/94 East goes south, splitting into two pieces, and then turns northeast, I-90 ending in Boston.

Chicago Skyway marker

Chicago Skyway
Location: Chicago
Length: 7.49 mi[1] (12.05 km)
Existed: April 1958 (1958-04)–present

Historically, the Chicago Skyway was signed as, and was widely considered to be part of, I-90 from the mid-1960s forward (after I-90 in this area had been swapped with I-94). However, around 1999, the city of Chicago realized they had never received official approval to designate the Skyway as I-90. The city subsequently replaced most of the "I-90" signage with "TO I-90/I-94" signage. However, the Illinois DOT has always and continues to report the Skyway as part of the Interstate system, and the Federal Highway Administration apparently still considers the Chicago Skyway an official part of I-90.[2]

The Skyway's official name, referring to it as a "toll bridge" rather than a "toll road", is the result of a legal quirk. At the time of its construction, the city charter of Chicago did not provide the authority to construct a toll road. However, the city could build toll bridges, and it was found that there was no limit to the length of the approaches to the bridge. Therefore, the Skyway is technically a toll bridge with a six-mile-long approach. This also is part of the reason that there are no exits available until after one has crossed the bridge and paid the toll.[3]

Golden Corridor[edit]

Main article: Golden Corridor

From O'Hare to Huntley, the region around the Jane Addams Tollway is sometimes referred to as the "Golden Corridor", due to the proximity of commercial and business activity located along the corridor in Northwest Suburban Chicago. Several Fortune 500 companies, large malls, hotels, entertainment and exhibition facilities, restaurants, and retailers are located along the corridor.

Tolls[edit]

Further information: I-Pass
Toll plaza along the Chicago Skyway

Along the Jane Addams Tollway, there are four mainline toll barriers in each direction – two split plazas and two full plazas. The barriers are located around the O'Hare International Airport area (River Road eastbound and Devon Avenue westbound), in Elgin, near Marengo (Eastbound), in Belvidere (Westbound), and in South Beloit. I-39 travelers exiting or entering at Rockford paid at the Cherry Valley toll plaza, but that toll plaza has been decommissioned southbound in 2003 and northbound in 2004 due to traffic congestion.[4] In February 2006, the Marengo westbound and the Belvidere eastbound toll plazas were removed. Two two-toll plazas near O'Hare and the one in Elgin each charge cash tolls of $1.50(as of January 1, 2012) and I-Pass tolls of 75 cents for a 2-axle passenger vehicle. The South Beloit toll plaza near the Illinois and Wisconsin state line is $1.90 and 95 cents for I-Pass users (formerly $1.00 and 50 cents before 2012). Eastbound traffic does not pay a toll at Belvidere because of the removal of the eastbound Belvidere plaza, but pays $3.00 at Marengo (I-Pass users pay $1.50). On the other hand, westbound traffic pays no toll at Marengo but pays $3.00 at Belvidere (I-PASS users pay $1.50). This change was done to accommodate open road tolling construction. Originally, a ticket system was used to compute tolls on the segment between Beloit and Elgin with each driver receiving a Hollerith card upon entering and paying upon exiting, but it was replaced with a cash barrier system in the late 1970s. It was the only portion of the Illinois Tollways to use a ticket system.

The current rate for passenger cars and other two axle vehicles on the Chicago Skyway is $4.00; vehicles with more axles pay higher rates. A discount is given during the overnight hours for vehicles with three or more axles.[5]

Services[edit]

Chicago Skyway toll plaza McDonald's

There is one oasis on the Jane Addams Tollway at Belvidere, an over-highway oasis. There is also a welcome center south of Beloit, Wisconsin, that is located on the IDOT portion of the highway between the border with Wisconsin and Illinois tollway control. At the Chicago Skyway's toll plaza, there is a McDonald's at highway grade in the road's median. There was previously an oasis in Des Plaines near O'Hare. This has been closed as a part of the construction from the Move Illinois Project.[6]

History[edit]

Jane Addams Memorial Tollway[edit]

The 76-mile (122 km) Northwest Tollway portion of I-90 opened on August 20, 1958.[7] Prior to the opening, the first vehicle to officially travel the new roadway was a covered wagon navigated by local resident John Madsen who took 5 days to make the journey.[8]

On September 7, 2007, the Northwest Tollway was renamed the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway after Jane Addams, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Settlement House movement in the United States.[9][10]

From 2008-2009, ISTHA completed a massive reconstruction project on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway between I-39 and Rockton Road. The project involved a complete reconstruction of the I-39/U.S 51/I-90 interchange to improve traffic flow as well as reconstructing and widening the tollway to six lanes between I-39 and Rockton Road.

As part of the ISTHA capital program "Move Illinois: Driving the Future", the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway will be rebuilt and widened to six lanes from I-39 to Elgin, and eight lanes from Elgin to the Kennedy Expressway. The entire project will be complete in 2016.

Chicago Skyway[edit]

Chicago Skyway in 1999

The Chicago Skyway was originally known as the Calumet Skyway.[11] It cost $101 million (1958, $791 million in 2011) to construct and took about 34 months to build. Nearly eight miles of elevated roadway, the Chicago Skyway was originally built as a shortcut from State Street, a major north-south street on Chicago's South Side that serves the Loop, to the steel mills on the Southeast to the Indiana state line where the Indiana Toll Road begins. Later, when the Dan Ryan Expressway opened, the Chicago Skyway was extended west to connect to it. There are only two eastbound exits east of the toll barrier, whereas there are four westbound exits west of the toll barrier (so that no exits are available until one has crossed the bridge and paid the toll). The Chicago Skyway opened to traffic on April 16, 1958.[11][12]

In the 1960s, the newly constructed Dan Ryan Expressway and the neighboring Calumet Expressway, Kingery Expressway and Borman Expressway provided free alternatives to the tollway, and the Skyway became much less used. As a result, from the 1970s through the early 1990s, the Skyway was unable to repay revenue bonds used in its construction.[13]

Traffic volumes have rebounded in recent years, (to 47,700 vehicles per day)[14] partially because of the construction of casinos in Northwest Indiana, along with re-construction of the Dan Ryan, Kingery and Borman Expressways. The city of Chicago claims a record number of motorists used the Skyway in 2002.

In 2003 and 2004, the city of Chicago initiated a $250 million project to rehabilitate and widen the Skyway. The project involved extensive work on the cantilever span and its approaches that included replacing the bridge's structural steel, rebuilding the piers that support the structure, and reconstructing the bridge deck. Because the city of Chicago required the Skyway to remain open during construction, engineers had to construct temporary bridge piers that would bear the load of the bridge and its traffic while new piers were built. The bridge was lifted up onto the temporary piers using 600 ton hydraulic jacks, the old piers were removed, and new ones were built. Crews also devised innovative methods for replacing the bridge's structural steel, replacing steel members one at a time. This process involved installing hydraulic chords around the component to be replaced. The bridge load was then transferred to the hydraulic chord, the steel member was removed and a new steel member was then installed.[15]

In June 2005, the Skyway became compatible with electronic toll collection, with users now able to pay tolls using I-PASS, I-Zoom, or E-ZPass transponders. There is no discount for using a transponder.

The city of Chicago's Department of Streets and Sanitation formerly maintained the Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge System. A transaction that gave the city of Chicago a $1.83 billion cash infusion leased the Skyway to the Skyway Concession Company (SCC), a joint-venture between the Australian Macquarie Infrastructure Group and Spanish Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte S.A., which assumed operations on the Skyway on a 99–year operating lease. SCC will be responsible for all operating and maintenance costs of the Skyway but has the right to all toll and concession revenue. The Triple-A bond insurer Financial Security Assurance Inc. (FSA) has guaranteed $1.4 billion of senior bonds to provide long-term funding for the privately operated Chicago Skyway. On June 30, 2006, this same joint-venture assumed responsibility for operating and maintaining the adjacent Indiana East–West Toll Road for $3.8 billion. The agreement between SCC and the city of Chicago marked the first time an existing toll road was moved from public to private operation in the United States.[16]

I-90 Rebuilding and Widening program[edit]

In 2014, major projects include completion of the 37-mile (60 km) western segment of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project as part of the Move Illinois Project from Elgin to I-39 near Rockford and the start of construction on the 25-mile (40 km) eastern segment of the project between Elgin and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294). Construction also includes improvements at interchanges, reconstruction of the Fox River Bridge and local crossroad bridges throughout the entire I-90 corridor.[17]

Exit list[edit]

Exits along the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway and Chicago Skyway are unnumbered.

County Location Mile[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Winnebago South Beloit 0.00 0.00 I‑39 north / I‑90 west – Madison Continuation into Wisconsin
0.29 0.47 1 US 51 north / IL 75 – South Beloit West end of US 51 overlap
Rockton 2.71 4.36 3 CR 9 (Rockton Road) – Roscoe
Jane Addams Memorial Tollway begins
Signed as exits 3 (east) and 23 (west)
3.60 5.79 South Beloit toll plaza
Rockford 8.94 14.39   IL 173 (West Lane Road) – Machesney Park
12.47 20.07 East Riverside Boulevard – Loves Park
15.76 25.36
US 20 Bus. (State Street)
17.40 28.00 I-39 south / US 51 south to US 20 – Rockford West end of I-39 / US 51 overlap
Boone Belvidere 20.40 32.83 Irene Road Westbound exit only; free exit
22.93 36.90 Belvidere toll plaza (westbound)
23.51 37.84 Belvidere Tollway Oasis
24.62 39.62 Genoa Road – Belvidere
McHenry Riley 37.39 60.17 Marengo toll plaza (eastbound)
Kane Hampshire 41.54 66.85 US 20 – Marengo, Hampshire
Huntley 46.02 74.06 IL 47 – Huntley, Woodstock, Elburn Full Interchange: I-PASS Only
Elgin 51.78 83.33 Randall Road
53.42 85.97 Elgin toll plaza
54.22 87.26 IL 31
Cook 55.95 90.04 IL 25
Hoffman Estates 57.77 92.97 Beverly Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
59.31 95.45 IL 59 (Sutton Road)
61.81 99.47 Barrington Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
Schaumburg 65.19 104.91 Roselle Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
67.84 109.18 I-290 east (Eisenhower Expressway) / IL 53 – Chicago, West Suburbs, Northwest Suburbs
Arlington Heights 70.47 113.41 Arlington Heights Road
Des Plaines 73.25 117.88 Elmhurst Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
74.01 119.11 Des Plaines Tollway Oasis (closed)
75.80 121.99 IL 72 (Lee Street) Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
Rosemont 76.75 123.52 Devon Avenue toll plaza (westbound)
77.03 123.97 IL 72 / Devon Avenue Westbound entrance only
77.20–
78.65
124.24–
126.57
78 I-190 west (Kennedy Expressway) – O'Hare Airport
I-294 (Tri-State Tollway) – Indiana, Milwaukee
Exit number signed as exits 2 (east) and 78 (west)
78.20 125.85 River Road toll plaza (eastbound)
Chicago 78.49 126.32 Jane Addams Memorial Tollway ends I-90 continues as Kennedy Expressway
79.28 127.59 79 IL 171 south (Cumberland Avenue) Signed as exits 79A (south) and 79B (north)
79.99 128.73 80 Canfield Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
80.84 130.10 81A IL 43 (Harlem Avenue)
81.14 130.58 81B Sayre Avenue Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
81.85 131.72 82A Nagle Avenue No westbound exit
82.09 132.11 82B Bryn Mawr Avenue Westbound exit only
82.31 132.47 82C Austin Avenue Eastbound exit only
82.79 133.24 83A Foster Road No eastbound exit
83.01 133.59 83B Central Avenue Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
83.71 134.72 84 Lawrence Avenue
84.35–
84.59
135.75–
136.13
I-94 west (Edens Expressway) – Milwaukee West end of I-94 overlap; westbound exit and eastbound entrance only; west end of express lanes
84.77 136.42 43C Montrose Avenue Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
85.03 136.84 43D Kostner Avenue Westbound exit only
85.39–
85.62
137.42–
137.79
44A IL 19 (Irving Park Road) / Keeler Avenue No westbound exit
85.62–
85.81
137.79–
138.10
44B IL 19 (Irving Park Road) / Pulaski Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
86.34 138.95 45A Addison Street
86.77 139.64 45B Kimball Avenue
87.08 140.14 45C Belmont Avenue Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
87.64 141.04 Sacramento Avenue Eastbound entrance only
87.79 141.28 46A California Avenue Westbound entrance and eastbound exit only
87.96 141.56 46B Diversey Avenue Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
88.53–
88.90
142.48–
143.07
47A Western Avenue, Fullerton Avenue Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only from Western Avenue
89.08 143.36 47B Damen Avenue Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
89.52 144.07 48A Armitage Avenue
90.10 145.00 48B IL 64 (North Avenue)
90.66 145.90 49A Division Street
90.91 146.31 49B Augusta Boulevard, Milwaukee Avenue Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
91.40 147.09 50A Ogden Avenue Westbound entrance and eastbound exit only
91.62 147.45 50B Ohio Street East end of express lanes
92.19 148.37 51A Lake Street Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
92.27 148.49 51B Randolph Street west
92.34 148.61 51C Washington Boulevard east Exits only; no entrances
92.44 148.77 51D Madison Street
92.53 148.91 51E Monroe Street Eastbound exit only
92.62 149.06 51F Adams Street west Westbound entrance and eastbound exit only
92.71 149.20 51G Jackson Boulevard east Westbound entrance and eastbound exit only
92.72–
93.35
149.22–
150.23
51H
51I
I-290 / IL 110 west (Eisenhower Expressway) – West Suburbs
Congress Parkway – Chicago Loop
Circle Interchange; signed as exits 51H (west) and 51I (east); Kennedy Expressway ends, Dan Ryan Expressway begins
93.42 150.34 52A Taylor Street, Roosevelt Road Westbound entrance and eastbound exit only
93.57 150.59 52B Roosevelt Road, Taylor Street Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
94.22 151.63 52C 18th Street Westbound entrance and eastbound exit only
94.22–
96.04
151.63–
154.56
53B
53C
I-55 south (Stevenson Expressway) – St. Louis
I-55 north (Stevenson Expressway) / Lake Shore Drive, Cermak Road – Chinatown
Signed as exits 53B (south) and 53C (north) westbound; Cermak Road access from westbound only; west end of express lanes
94.48 152.05 53A Canalport Avenue, Cermak Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
96.16 154.75 54 31st Street
96.45 155.22 55A 35th Street U.S. Cellular Field, Illinois Institute of Technology
96.98 156.07 55B Pershing Road
97.44 156.81 56A 43rd Street
97.97 157.67 56B 47th Street
98.88 159.13 57 Garfield Boulevard
99.50 160.13 58A 59th Street Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
100.00 160.93 58B 63rd Street Westbound entrance and eastbound exit only
100.00–
100.33
160.93–
161.47
I-94 east (Dan Ryan Expressway) – Indiana East end of I-94 overlap; east end of express lanes; Chicago Skyway begins
100.33 161.47   State Street Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
101.42 163.22 St. Lawrence Avenue Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
101.78 163.80 73rd Street Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
103.04–
103.33
165.83–
166.29
Stony Island Avenue to Lake Shore Drive Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
103.93 167.26 Jeffery Boulevard, 84th Street Eastbound entrance
104.28 167.82 87th Street Westbound exit
104.67 168.45 Chicago Skyway toll plaza
105.26 169.40 Anthony Avenue, 92nd Street Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
105.82–
106.21
170.30–
170.93
Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge
107.82 173.52 US 12 / US 20 / US 41 (Indianapolis Boulevard) Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
I-90 east / Indiana Toll Road east to I-80 / I-65 / I-94 – Toledo, Ohio Continuation into Indiana; Chicago Skyway ends
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Related routes[edit]

  • I-190 - a spur into O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.
  • I-290 - a southwest dogleg left route accessing the west suburbs and heading east into downtown Chicago. Also known as the Eisenhower Expressway.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Illinois Technology Transfer Center" (ESRI shapefile). Illinois Department of Transportation. 2011. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ Samuel, Peter (June 29, 2005). "Skyway is Interstate-90 unless state withdraws reports - Feds". TOLLROADSnews. Retrieved January 3, 2010. 
  3. ^ Mayer, Harold M.; Wade, Richard C. (1969). Chicago: Growth of a Metropolis. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. p. 442. ISBN 0-226-51274-6. 
  4. ^ "Cherry Valley Interchange Press Release". Nov 12, 2009. Retrieved November 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ Staff. "Chicago Skyway - Tolls". Skyway Concession Company. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ http://www.illinoistollway.com/construction-and-planning/projects-by-roadway/jane-addams-memorial-tollway-i-90
  7. ^ "N. W. Tollway Opens Aug. 20 at Ceremony". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 30, 1958. Retrieved April 18, 2010. 
  8. ^ "First tollway vehicle to be covered wagon". The Milwaukee Journal. August 11, 1958. Retrieved April 18, 2010. 
  9. ^ Ryan, Joseph (2007-09-07). "Northwest Tollway renamed for reformer Addams". Retrieved 2007-09-08. 
  10. ^ Illinois General Assembly (2007-05-22). "Full text of HJR0019". Retrieved 2007-09-08. 
  11. ^ a b Foust, Hal (April 17, 1958). "A Great Day For Chicago! Skyway Open". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 21, 2010. (subscription required)
  12. ^ Staff. "System Facilities". Chicago Area Transportation Study. Retrieved July 7, 2007. 
  13. ^ McClendon, Dennis (2005). "Skyway". Encyclopedia of Chicago. Retrieved July 7, 2007. 
  14. ^ Staff (2005). "Getting Around Illinois". Illinois Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 7, 2007. 
  15. ^ Staff. "Chicago Skyway Rehab: Hydraulics Boost Productivity". Enerpac Company. Retrieved July 7, 2007. 
  16. ^ "Chicago privatizes Skyway toll road in $1.8 billion deal". Southern Illinoisian (Carbondale, IL). Associated Press. October 17, 2004. Retrieved March 4, 2008. 
  17. ^ http://www.illinoistollway.com/construction-and-planning/projects-by-roadway/jane-addams-memorial-tollway-i-90.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

External links[edit]

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