As an extension of staff, HNTB’s Program Management Office serves the Illinois Tollway and is helping to deliver their 15-year, $14 billion capital program known as Move Illinois. Designed to improve mobility and reduce congestion and pollution, the program will create or sustain more than 120,000 jobs while linking several local economies when complete.

As embedded staff, the HNTB team manages the program’s budget and complex schedule while helping identify risks, communicate progress and manage the delivery of the program to customers. Our approach helps the Tollway increase efficiencies, provide technical innovations and present data-driven solutions.

While enhancing the Illinois Tollway’s facilities, the program is delivering capital improvement projects on time and within budget while delivering on the promise of inclusion and diversity with nearly 25 percent of the budget allocated for D/M/WBE, veteran and small businesses.

Some updates to highlight:

  • Jane Addams Memorial Tollway rebuild and widening project is a $2.5 billion project for improving 62 miles of roadway featuring 109 bridges. The project created or sustained as many as 11,500 jobs.
  • The Illinois Route 390 Tollway and the I-490 Tollway project is a $3.4 billion investment in 17 miles of new toll roads with nine new interchanges that serve more than 120,000 vehicles a day. The project is creating or supporting as many as 36,000 jobs.
  • Central Tri-State Tollway reconstruction project is an 84-mile long roadway that carries the heaviest volume of passenger and freight traffic on the Tollway system. This project is creating or sustaining 43,000 jobs and when complete, will reduce congestion with 20 percent shorter peak hour trips.
  • The I-294/I57 interchange project is a $719 million investment to improve what is known as the “gateway to Chicago’s southland.” This project is expected to provide more than $4 million in fuel savings due to reduced congestion and will give direct freight access to Chicago’s south suburbs.

Location: Illinois

Client: Illinois Tollway