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Tollway officials expect busy construction season

CHICAGO – Motorists can expect a busy year of construction along Illinois’ major roadways.

Illinois Tollway officials expect 2014 is going to be the biggest construction year ever. Last week, Gov. Pat Quinn announced a record $1.4 billion in spending to improve roads, bridges and interchanges. The money comes from a 15-year, $12 billion capital program. Bonds for the program are repaid through toll increases that took effect in 2012.

The projects include rebuilding and widening 37 miles of Interstate 90 between Randall Road in Elgin and Interstate 39 in Rockford. Another project is improving Interstate 88 between the toll plaza in Aurora and Illinois Route 59.

Tollway officials are asking motorists for patience while on the road.

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