FAQ's

Elgin O'Hare Project in Itasca FAQ's

What Is the Village Doing About Elgin O’Hare Construction?
While the Elgin O’Hare expansion is not a Village project, it has been involved as much as possible in its planning, development and construction. We appreciate the Tollway listening to our feedback and taking our input under advisement. As a result of our participation, the Village of Itasca has had significant influence in the design of the Elgin O’Hare, as well as in the day to day activities related to its construction. The Village has also served as a clearinghouse of information about the Elgin O’Hare project for our residents and businesses.

When Will Elgin O’Hare Be Completed Through Itasca?

Significant construction on the mainline, local frontage roads, and ramps from local Itasca streets began in 2015 and continue through 2017. Completion of major construction through Itasca is planned for fall of 2017. Some landscaping, final grading, lighting, signage, and sidewalk installation may still be occurring in 2018 and later. The final phase of the entire Elgin O’Hare project is construction of the new north-south Western Access leg to O’Hare airport, which is planned for completion in 2025.

Will I Be Able to Get to O’Hare Airport On the Elgin O’Hare?

Drivers going eastbound on the Elgin O’Hare will eventually be able to access O’Hare from York Road via a new ramp crossing over York Road and various railroads. The project will also accommodate a future ramp connection directly from Elgin O’Hare to the west side of O’Hare.

Where Will the Tollbooths Be Located?
In November 2014, the Tollway released its tolling plan for the Elgin O’Hare, including where the tolls will be located. Tollbooths

How Much Will the Tolls Be?
In November 2014, the Tollway released its tolling plan for the Elgin O’Hare, including the price of the various tolls. Tollbooths

Will There by a Sound Wall by My House?
A new sound walls has already been construction along I-290. Sound walls will be installed along Park Boulevard east to just past Nicole Way.

Itasca residents south of Thorndale, between Arlington Heights Road and Prospect Avenue expressed a desire for a sound wall along the south side of the Elgin O’Hare. According to the Tollway, a sound wall did not meet their warrants policies. However, the Village has negotiated with the Tollway, the installation of a wood fence and landscaping to provide an additional buffer.

Who Is Going to Maintain Sound Walls and Maintain the Landscaping & Grass Near Them?
Sound walls and landscaping along the Elgin O’Hare right of way will be maintained by the Tollway. Sound walls and landscaping along I-290 will be maintained by IDOT.

Who Should I Contact With a Complaint About Elgin O’Hare?
Questions may be directed to the Illinois Tollway Authority. They have established a local field office located at 1555 Mittel Boulevard, Suite D, Entrance 5, in Wood Dale. You may visit in person or call 630-422-1246. The Field Office hours are M-F, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m..

In addition, the Village of Itasca has hired an engineering firm to assist us during the construction of the Elgin O’Hare through Itasca. Robinson Engineering serves as an extension of Village staff and will help answer residents and business’ questions about day to day construction. If you have specific questions about what is happening near your property, please contact the Village of Itasca at 630-228-5627. This is a special phone line designated just for questions about the Elgin O’Hare project in Itasca.

Will Traffic On Irving Park Road & Other Local Itasca Streets Get Worse?
It is not fully known if traffic on local roadways will improve or get worse. The Tollway claims that traffic on Irving Park Road will improve after construction of the Elgin O’Hare is complete, as regional traffic will instead use the new tollroad.

How Do I Get More Information About What Is Happening Near My Property?
Questions may be directed to the Illinois Tollway Authority. They have established a local field office located at 1555 Mittel Boulevard, Suite D, Entrance 5, in Wood Dale. You may visit in person or call 630-422-1246. The Field Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m..

In addition, the Village of Itasca has hired an engineering firm to assist us during the construction of the Elgin O’Hare through Itasca. Robinson Engineering serves as an extension of Village staff and will help answer residents and business’ questions about day to day construction. If you have specific questions about what is happening near your property, the Village of Itasca at 630-228-5627. This is a special phone line designated just for questions about the Elgin O’Hare project in Itasca.

How Do I Get Updates On Construction Information?
The Village of Itasca provides regular updates on Elgin O’Hare construction through our “Notify Me” system on our website. To receive information via email or text, sign up at www.itasca.com. Select “Notify Me” on the left side of the screen and follow the instructions.

If you do not have access to the internet, the weekly updates are posted in the lobby of the Itasca Village Hall and in the Itasca Public Library.