An illustration of proposed car pool lanes that the Illinois Department of Transportation wants to install on the Eisenhower Expressway. | IDOT
Thursday, December 29, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
The idea has been discussed and put before residents before, but officials with the Illinois Department of Transportation recently provided community members with an update of their plan at a meeting held earlier this month in Oak Park.
According to a Dec. 16 Chicago Tribune report, IDOT is planning on adding “a fourth lane to I-290 in each direction between Mannheim Road and Austin Boulevard, which would bring the entire expressway to four lanes in each direction between Interstate 88 and Interstate 90/94.”
The Tribune reports that IDOT would convert the two center lanes along the portion of the expressway between I-88 and Racine Avenue into a “Hot 3+” lane designed for car pooling vehicles and buses, which would use the lane for free. Other vehicles would be charged a toll.
“Three traffic lanes in each direction would remain free for drivers,” the Tribune reports, before quoting an IDOT official who said that that “idea is to set a toll rate so you have a 45 mile-per-hour speed through there, minimum, so that is then a reliable trip. As we know, there’s days when the Eisenhower is quite unreliable.”
IDOT’s “proposed toll for ineligible cars using the HOT 3+ lane could run between 12 cents and 25 cents per mile, depending on the time of day.” Toll rates would be categorized as “peak hour, peak shoulder and off-peak,” officials said.
IDOT will host two public meetings on the Eisenhower modernization project. One will take place at Proviso Math and Science Academy, 8601 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Forest Park, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.