Interstate 294

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Interstate 294
Tri-State Tollway
Tri-State Toll Road
Route information
Maintained by ISTHA
Length: 53.45 mi[1] (86.02 km)
Existed: 1957 (completed 1968) – present
Major junctions
South end: I-80 / I-94 / IL 394 in South Holland
 
North end:
I-94 in Northbrook
Highway system
I-290 IL 336

Interstate 294 (I-294) is a tolled Interstate Highway in northeastern Illinois. It forms the southern portion of the Tri-State Tollway in Illinois. I-294 runs from South Holland at I-80/I-94, and Illinois Route 394 (IL 394) to Northbrook at I-94. I-294 is 53.42 miles (85.97 km) long; 5.32 miles (8.56 km) are shared with I-80.[1] It serves as a bypass around the city of Chicago. I-294 is also the longest auxiliary route of I-94, at 10 miles (16 km) longer than I-494 in Minneapolis–Saint Paul. The tollway is also the longest auxiliary Interstate Highway in Illinois.

Route description[edit]

Main article: Tri-State Tollway

I-294 has four of the Tri-State Tollway's six mainline barriers. These are located at:

  • 163rd Street
  • 82nd Street (southbound) and 83rd Street (northbound)
  • Cermak Road
  • Irving Park Road (IL 19; southbound) and Touhy Avenue (northbound)

The fifth and sixth are on I-94 near Waukegan and the other is near Deerfield

History[edit]

The portion of the Borman Expressway that was completed from Gary westward and the Kingery Expressway were originally designated as I-80, I-90, and I-294 from shortly after the Interstate Highway program was enacted until about 1965, when the connection between the Borman and the Indiana Toll Road was completed, and I-90 was swapped with I-94 west of that junction (and east of where those routes share the same road in Chicago), cutting back I-294 to its current south terminus (eliminating the Indiana part of I-294). Indiana later proposed to extend I-294 east on the current Borman Expressway to Indiana State Route 912, before having it turn north at that point, west at U.S. Highway 12, and then back to I-94, most likely somewhere on the Bishop Ford Expressway near 130th Street. The request was denied.[citation needed]

I-294 was built largely before the growth and maturation of the suburbs that run along the corridor. As a result, the vast majority of the interchanges are partial, or were configured to have entrance ramps feeding the toll plazas. Gaps between exit ramps are common, the 6.5-mile (10.5 km) gap between Cicero Avenue (IL 50/IL 83) and 95th Street (US 12/US 20) being one of the more notable ones. Partial interchanges are located at Roosevelt Road (IL 38; northbound exit, southbound entrance), Irving Park Road (IL 19) (southbound exit, northbound entrance), Touhy Avenue (northbound exit, southbound entrance), Dempster Street (US 14; northbound exit, southbound entrance), and Golf Road (IL 58; southbound exit, northbound entrance). Several former partial interchanges have been converted to full interchanges, with automated toll collection facilities on the new ramps, such as at 159th Street (US 6; northbound on and southbound off added) and 95th Street (US 12/US 20; southbound on and northbound off added). The 79th Street exit was moved to 75th Street/Willow Springs Road, and made a complete interchange in the same manner.[citation needed]

From 1992-1993, the central portion of Interstate 294 between Interstate 90 and 95th Street was widened to eight lanes.[2] Between 2006-2009, the southern and northern portions of I-294 (IL-394 to 95th Street and I-90 to Lake Cook Road respectively) were fully reconstructed and expanded, bringing the entire highway up to eight lanes.

As part of the $12 billion Move Illinois capital program, ISTHA and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) are partnering to construct a new, all-electronic interchange to connect the Tri-State Tollway to I-57. In 2014, ISTHA completed the primary interchange connections between I-294 and I-57 and at 147th Street. The remaining ramps to complete the interchange will be completed in 2023–24.[3] Additionally, this capital program includes funds for the full reconstruction of the central portion of I-294 between I-90 and 95th Street (which was only resurfaced during the 1992-1993 widening).[4][5]

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in Cook County.

Location mi[1][6] km Exit[7] Destinations Notes
South Holland 0 0 0 I-80 east / I-94 / IL 394 south – Chicago, Danville, Indiana Southern terminus; southern end of I-80 concurrency
1 1.6 Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis
East Hazel Crest 3 4.8 2 IL 1 (Halsted Street / 800 West) Signed as exit 2A (north) and exit 2B (south)
4 6.4 4 Dixie Highway Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Hazel Crest 5 8.0 5 I-80 west to I-57 – Iowa Northern end of I-80 concurrency
6 9.7 163rd Street Toll Plaza
Markham 6.5 10.5 6 US 6 (159th Street) Signed as exit 6A (east) and exit 6B (west)
Blue Island 7 I-57 south – Memphis Southbound exit to southbound I-57 and northbound entrance from northbound I-57 only; full interchange opening 2023–24; I-57 north exit 349. Formerly exit 8
8 IL 83 (147th Street) Southbound exit northbound entrance; formerly exit 9; Opened October 25, 2014
Alsip 12 19 12 IL 50 (Cicero Avenue / 4800 West) / IL 83 (127th Street) Signed as exit 12A (south) and exit 12B (north) northbound
Hickory Hills 17.5 28.2 17 US 12 (95th Street) / US 20 / 76th Avenue Signed as exit 17A (east) and exit 17B (west) southbound; no northbound signage for 76th Avenue
19.5 31.4 83rd Street Toll Plaza (northbound)
20 32 82nd Street Toll Plaza (southbound)
Justice 21 34 US 12 / US 20 / US 45 (LaGrange Road) / IL 171 (Archer Avenue) Southbound entrance only
Des Plaines River Mile-Long Bridge
Hodgkins 22 35 22 75th Street / Willow Springs Road (10800 West)
Indian Head Park 23 37 23 I-55 (Stevenson Expressway) – Chicago, St. Louis Signed as Exit 23A (north) and Exit 23B (south) northbound; no exit number southbound; no southbound entrance from I-55 south
24 39 23B Wolf Road (11200 West) Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Hinsdale 25 40 Hinsdale Oasis
Western Springs 28 45 27 US 34 (Ogden Avenue) – Downers Grove, LaGrange Signed as exits 27A (east) and 27B (west)
Hillside 29 47 29
I-88 / IL 110 (CKC) west (Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway) – Aurora
Northbound exit and southbound entrance
29.5 47.5 29 Cermak Road / 22nd Street Southbound exit and northbound entrance
30 48 Cermak Road Toll Plaza
30.5 49.1 30 IL 38 (Roosevelt Road / 1200 South) Northbound exit and southbound entrance; signed as Exit 30A (eastbound) and Exit 30B (westbound)
31 50 31A
I-88 / IL 110 (CKC) west (Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway) – Aurora
Southbound exit and northbound entrance
32 51 31B
I-290 / IL 110 (CKC) east (Eisenhower Expressway) – Chicago
Signed as exit 31 northbound
Berkeley 34 55 33 I-290 west (Eisenhower Expressway) to US 20 / IL 64 – Rockford Signed as exit 31 northbound
Franklin Park 38 61 O'Hare Oasis
38.5 62.0 38 IL 19 (Irving Park Road (4000 North)) Southbound exit and northbound entrance; signed as Exit 38B (west) and Exit 38A (east)
39 63 Irving Park Toll Plaza (southbound)
Rosemont 39 Balmoral Avenue Electronic toll collection only (I-Pass/E-ZPass) opened December 13, 2011;[8] northbound exit and southbound entrance
40 64 40A I-190 west (Kennedy Expressway) / River Road – O'Hare Signed as exit 40 northbound
41 66 40B
I-90 (Jane Addams Memorial Tollway / Kennedy Expressway) – Rockford, Chicago
Signed as exit 40 northbound
Park Ridge 42 68 Touhy Avenue Toll Plaza (northbound)
42 68 42 Touhy Avenue Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Des Plaines 44.5 71.6 44 US 14 (Dempster Street) Northbound exit and southbound entrance
45 72 45 IL 58 (Golf Road) Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Glenview 49 79 48 Willow Road
Northbrook 52 Lake–Cook Road Northbound exit southbound entrance
50.5–
53
81.3–
85

I-94 east (Edens Expressway) – Chicago

I-94 west (Tri-State Tollway) – Wisconsin
Northern terminus; access via Edens Spur
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2006). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  2. ^ P. Davis Szymczak (September 27, 1991). "Widening of Tri-State could begin in October". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 18, 2010. 
  3. ^ Staff. "I-294/I-57 Interchange Fact Sheet". Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Move Illinois Fact Sheet" (PDF). Illinois Tollway. 
  5. ^ Pyke, Marni. "A wider I-294? Solutions sought for central Tri-State". Daily Herald. Retrieved 18 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. System Map (Map). Downers Grove: Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Retrieved January 23, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Toll Rates by Plaza (For Years 2009+)" (PDF). Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Retrieved January 23, 2009. 
  8. ^ Wronski, Richard (December 13, 2011). "New Tri-State Ramp Opens at Balmoral Avenue in Rosemont". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google