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According to Watchtutorials, Interstate 90 or I -90 is an Interstate Highway in the US state of Illinois. The highway is largely a toll road, and consists of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway between the Wisconsin border at Rockford and Chicago, the Kennedy Expressway and the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago, and the Chicago Skyway as a toll road to the Indiana border. The highway connects the large city of Rockford with the multimillion-dollar metropolitan area of Chicago, which stretches across 3 states along Lake Michigan. The section in Illinois is 199 kilometers long, 100 kilometers of which are within the Chicago metropolitan area.
see also: Kennedy Expressway and Dan Ryan Expressway
The Kennedy Expressway in Chicago.
The Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago.
At South Beloit, Interstate 90 in Wisconsin becomes Illinois, and this is also where the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway begins. This section is still double-numbered with Interstate 39 and runs due south. One passes Rockford, a larger city with 155,000 inhabitants. On the east side of Rockford, I-90 turns southeast, turning off I-39 south toward Bloomington, so traffic between Milwaukee and Saint Louis doesn’t go through Chicagoneed. After Belvidere, the highway runs in a straight line to Chicago. The landscape consists of agricultural plains, all the way to Elgin, where Chicago’s first suburb is located, 80 kilometers from downtown. This is relatively close, as Chicago has expanded mostly along Lake Michigan. Elgin has about 102,000 inhabitants, and here one crosses the River Fox. After this begins a row of expensive suburbs such as Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, Palatine, Arlington Heights and Des Plaines.
At Rolling Meadows one crosses Interstate 290, a north-south connection, so that together with Interstate 294 one has an alternative toll road along Chicago. However, the road runs through the endless sea of suburbs. At Des Plaines you pass O’Hare International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world. Chicago is one of the major hubs in the United States with air, rail and road traffic. Here one intersects Interstate 294, which comes from the northern suburbs and forms a bypass around Chicago. This road is a toll road. The city of Chicago begins east of the airport, and the toll section ends. From here, I-90 is called the Kennedy Expressway. The neighborhoods here are much more densely built than in the separate suburbs. A little further on, Interstate 94 merges from Milwaukee. This is where the second double-numbering of these two highways begins, the first being in Wisconsin. Driving straight for downtown Chicago, the skyline already towers over everything in the distance. Chicago has one of the largest skylines in the world, and the second largest in the United States after New York.
West of the center, the highway has extremely many exits, 8 over 1100 meters, numbered from Exit 51A to I, so 11 exits within one mile. Interstate 290, which comes from the western suburbs, also intersects here, connecting Chicago to Des Moines in Iowa via Interstate 88. After this interchange, the road becomes the Dan Ryan Expressway, the busiest highway in Chicago with 300,000 vehicles. 14 lanes are available here. On the south side of downtown, one crosses Interstate 55, which comes from Saint Louis. The entire corridor is 90 meters wide, and includes 2×3 parallel lanes and 2×4 through lanes. A little further south, Interstate 94off, and the weird situation arises that a higher number runs further south than I-90.
I-90 then follows the Chicago Skyway, an elevated toll road. This highway also has an open toll system, with one large toll gate just before the Indiana border. Just before the Indiana border, the residential areas turn into dirty industrial areas. Over a lake, Interstate 90 in Indiana continues as the Indiana Toll Road.
I-90/94 at Downtown Chicago, with 7 exits within 1 kilometer.
According to Citypopulationreview, on April 16, 1958, the Chicago Skyway opened to traffic for eight miles. On August 20, 1958, the 122 kilometer section between the Wisconsin border and Chicago O’Hare Airport ( Jane Addams Memorial Tollway ) opened. On November 5, 1960, the 29-kilometer Kennedy Expressway was opened. The Dan Ryan Expressway opened in 1962.
Between 1958 and 1978, I-90 was signposted via the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290). This route via I-290 and I-294 was completed before the Kennedy Expressway, but it was not until 18 years after the Kennedy Expressway opened that I-90 was also routed over it. Before that, the Kennedy Expressway was only signposted as I-94.
In the period 2012-2014, I-90 between Rockford and Elgin was widened to 2×3 lanes. In 2013, the carriageway to Chicago has been provided with 3 lanes. In 2014, the carriageway to Rockford has been provided with 3 lanes. The extra lanes opened to traffic on October 28, 2014. The cost of this was approximately $600 million and will be financed from the existing tolls.
Between 2013 and 2016, I-90 in the Chicago suburban area between the Kennedy Expressway and Elgin was widened from 2×3 to 2×4 lanes for 40 kilometers. The cost was $1.1 billion and was financed with the existing tolls. In 2017, traffic signals were also placed on a 26-kilometre stretch in the western suburbs of Chicago. This consists of portals that span the entire roadway every 800 meters. It was one of the first systems of this type of traffic signaling outside the Seattle area.
Jane Addams Memorial Tollway
The Jane Addams Memorial Tollway is a toll road, operated by the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. The toll is fully electronic with the I-Pass. The E-ZPass is also accepted. The toll system is open, meaning that there are occasionally toll gates on the road, so it is possible to drive for free in some places. Tolls are also only levied in one direction at the toll plazas. I-Pass users receive a discount. Toll costs almost doubled in 2012 compared to 2011.
The I-90 is also a toll road in the south of Chicago, this part is called the Chicago Skyway and continues into Indiana. There is one toll station. Higher toll rates apply to trucks during rush hour.
I-90/94 along downtown Chicago is one of the most traffic-prone highways in the United States. In particular, the section between the Edens Expressway (I-94) and I-55 has poor traffic almost all day. In particular, the interchange with I-290 near downtown cannot handle the enormous amount of traffic. The busiest point on the highway handles 300,000 vehicles a day. The Dan Ryan Expressway south of downtown often flows better because it has more lanes in a parallel structure. As a toll road, the Chicago Skyway is usually not prone to congestion. The Jane Addams Tollway has also been developed fairly adequately, but is very busy, especially in the suburbs.
Connections & traffic intensities
|9||Rockford, West Lane Road||49,000|
|12||Rockford, East Riverside Boulevard||52,800|
|15||Rockford, State Street||47,400|
|21||Belvidere, Irene Road||46,600|
|46||Huntley, Woodstock, Elburn||66,300|
|52||Elgin, Randall Road||91.100|
|58||Hoffman Estates, Beverly Road||118,600|
|59||Hoffman Estates, Sutton Road||140,000|
|62||Hoffman Estates, Barrington Road||140,000|
|65||Schaumburg, Roselle Road||140,000|
|68||west suburbs, Chicago||142.100|
|73||Des Plaines, Elmhurst Road||161,000|
|76||Des Plaines, Lee Street||173,200|
|–||Rosemont, Devon Avenue||173,200|
|77||O’Hare Airport, Milwaukee, Gary||176,300|
|79||Chicago, Cumberland Avenue||189,600|
|80||Chicago, Canfield Road||175,800|
|81A||Chicago, Harlem Avenue||186.100|
|81B||Chicago, Sayre Avenue||189,600|
|82A||Chicago, Nagle Avenue||164,500|
|82B||Chicago, Bryn Mawr Avenue||159,600|
|83A||Chicago, Foster Road||146,000|
|83B||Chicago, Central Avenue||155,300|
|84||Chicago, Lawrence Avenue||159,400|
|43C||Chicago, Montrose Avenue||268,300|
|43D||Chicago, Kostner Avenue||274,000|
|44A||Chicago, Irving Park Road||288,000|
|44B||Chicago, Pulaski Road||272.300|
|45A||Chicago, Addison Street||262.600|
|45B||Chicago, Kimball Avenue||270,000|
|45C||Chicago, Belmont Avenue||263,500|
|46A||Chicago, California Avenue||270,300|
|46B||Chicago, Diversey Avenue||276,500|
|47A||Chicago, Western Avenue||251,000|
|47B||Chicago, Damen Avenue||281,500|
|48A||Chicago, Armitage Avenue||273,400|
|48B||Chicago, North Avenue||274.200|
|49A||Chicago, Division Street||288,300|
|49B||Chicago, Augusta Boulevard||288,300|
|50A||Chicago, Ogden Avenue||288,300|
|50B||Chicago, Ohio Street||250,900|
|51A||Chicago, Lake Street||250,900|
|51B||Chicago, Randolph Street||250,900|
|51C||Chicago, Washington Boulevard||250,900|
|51D||Chicago, Madison Street||250,900|
|51E||Chicago, Monroe Street||250,900|
|51F||Chicago, Adams Street||250,900|
|51G||Chicago, Jackson Boulevard||250,900|
|52A||Chicago, Taylor Street||241,600|
|52B||Chicago, Roosevelt Road||252,400|
|52C||Chicago, 18th Street||252,400|
|53A||Chicago, Cermak Road||201,500|
|54||Chicago, 31st Street||255,800|
|55A||Chicago, 35th Street||266,000|
|55B||Chicago, Pershing Road||265,200|
|56A||Chicago, 43rd Street||264,800|
|56B||Chicago, 47th Street||274.800|
|57||Chicago, Garfield Boulevard||265,200|
|58A||Chicago, 59th Street||270,200|
|58B||Chicago, 63rd Street||271,200|
|100||Chicago, State Street||42.100|
|101||Chicago, St. Lawrence Avenue||42.100|
|102||Chicago, 73rd Street||42.100|
|103||Chicago, Stony Island Avenue||42.100|
|–||Chicago, Jeffrey Boulevard||42.100|
|104||Chicago, 87th Street||42.100|
|105||Chicago, Anthony Avenue||42.100|
|107||Chicago, Indianapolis Boulevard||20,200|