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ILLINOIS TOLLWAY ANNOUNCES WINNER OF 2020 MAP COVER ART CONTEST

WHAT:            The Illinois Tollway will announce the grand prize winner and runners-up of the 2020 Illinois Tollway Map Cover Art Contest and kick off a day-long gallery exhibit of student art. In partnership with Blick Art Materials and MB Real Estate Services, this year’s contest theme illustrates the heroic men and women of the Illinois State Police and remembers those troopers who have sacrificed so much in service to the people of Illinois.

 WHO:              Meet the high school artists who created the winning designs for the 2020 Illinois Tollway Map and their art instructors. Illinois Tollway, Illinois State Police, Blick and MBRE officials will be in attendance to recognize the contributions of the outstanding young artists.

 WHEN:           Thursday, November 21, 2019: Award Presentation – 9 to 10 a.m. and Gallery Exhibit – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 WHERE:         Artist Block Gallery

22 N. Cass Avenue, Westmont

 WHY:              Artwork created by the grand prize winner will be featured on the cover of the Tollway’s 2020 map, which is distributed at no cost to approximately 75,000 customers.

 In the wake of the tragic loss of a string of Illinois State troopers in the line of duty, including two who died serving the Illinois Tollway, this year the Illinois Tollway’s annual high school art contest is recognizing the distinguished work done by the Illinois State Police patrolling Tollways and state highways, protecting and assisting drivers despite the risks they face themselves.

 The Artist Block Gallery is donating use of the space and will remain open until 5 p.m. to host a special free exhibition of all 2020 contest entries. This year more than 90 student artists from more than 20 high schools throughout Northern Illinois participated in the contest.

11/19/2019 4:37 PM (Updated 11/19/2019 4:37 PM)
Illinois Tollway Expects Nearly 9.2 Million Vehicles on its System Throughout Thanksgiving Holiday and Weekend
DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway expects nearly 9.2 million vehicles to drive the Tollway system this Thanksgiving holiday from Wednesday, November 27, through Monday, December 2, as families and friends flock to grandma’s house for their annual feasts.
 
“To make Thanksgiving travel less stressful for our customers, their families and friends, we provide several travel services to make travel easier for drivers on our roadways,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director José Alvarez.
 
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Wednesday, November 27, through Monday, December 2, the heaviest travel is expected on Wednesday, when nearly 1.9 million vehicles are projected to use the 294-mile Tollway system. On an average day, more than 1.6 million vehicles use the Illinois Tollway.
 
Offering you real-time road condition updates
 
Whether the trip is short or long, drivers can check out Traveler Quick Links on the Tollway’s website to sign up for and access Tollway Trip Tweets with roadway incident information and weather conditions at Tollway Trip 90, Tollway Trip 88, Tollway Trip 355, Tollway Trip 94/294 and Tollway Trip 390.
 
Sending roadside assistance when you need it
 
Drivers should call *999 to get help from Tollway roadway maintenance crews or from Illinois State Police District 15 who patrol the Tollway system 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Motorist aid patrols stand ready to help stranded customers change tires, jump-start batteries, add coolant, dispense fuel, transport customers, move vehicles away from traffic and call for a tow truck.
 
Making your I-PASS service go farther
 
Heading out of state? Tollway customers can use their I-PASS to pay tolls electronically in other states that accept E-ZPass, including Indiana and 15 other states that are part of the E-ZPass network. Or Tollway customers can also share the convenience of I-PASS by temporarily adding license plates of out-of-town family and friends and rental cars to their I-PASS accounts. Account holders can update their accounts online or by calling 800-UCI-PASS.
 
Clearing the way for your trip
 
To accommodate holiday travel on the Illinois Tollway, construction activity will be restricted to better serve Tollway customers. Most temporary maintenance and construction lane closures will be suspended from noon on Wednesday, November 27, through 9 a.m. on Monday, December 2. Some work may continue behind barriers in existing construction work zones to keep work on schedule, so drivers are reminded to slow down and obey work zone speed limits.
 
Keeping you safe with Illinois State Police
 
The Illinois State Police District 15 will be stepping up enforcement of the Move Over Law, as well as conducting roadside safety checks, alcohol countermeasure enforcement patrols, and special traffic enforcement patrols throughout the Tollway system. Troopers patrolling the Tollway will focus on enforcing fatal four violations, including driving under the influence, speeding, distracted driving and not wearing seat belts. 
11/18/2019 3:06 PM (Updated 11/18/2019 3:06 PM)
Three lanes open on I-39/90 southbound, Dane County

We have great news to share!! I-39/90 southbound is open to three lanes between Madison and Edgerton! Weather-permitting, three lanes on I-39/90 northbound in Dane County are anticipated to open on Thursday, November 21. The speed limit within this section of Interstate will be posted at 70 mph; however, please drive for the road conditions.

I-39/90 reconstruction and expansion continues from south of Edgerton to the Illinois state line until winter shutdown. The reduced speed limit of 60 mph is still in effect within these limits. Interstate work in the Janesville and Beloit areas is scheduled to be completed in fall 2021.

Help us spread the good news:

    Share the post/photo on the I-39/90 Project Facebook page!
    Forward this email to family, friends and co-workers who travel this section of Interstate. Encourage them to sign up for project email updates!

11/12/2019 4:49 PM (Updated 11/12/2019 8:19 PM)
Keep Us Alive Drive 45

Keep Us Alive Drive 45 is our commitment to keep workers and motorists safe in work zones. Each year, many people are killed in construction zone accidents, both commuters and workers. Please abide the posted speed limit in work zones. When workers are present, it's 45 M.P.H. - It's The Law.

Join us in our pledge to increase awareness and promote safe driving in our work zones by displaying an orange ribbon. Together we can make our roadways a safer place to commute and work. With your help, we can see to it that a construction zone is not an end zone.

8/21/2006 12:00 AM (Updated 1/21/2015 10:29 AM)

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