Illinois Bill filed to turn part of I-80 into tollroad to repair bridges

Commuters who use a portion Interstate 80 could soon be paying tolls for the repair and expansion of the busy highway.

Legislation filed in the Illinois House of Representatives would give a portion of I-80 between the 294 interchange and Route 47 in Morris to the state’s tollway authority.

P.S. Sriraj, director of the Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said the transfer would expedite the process of repairing some of the most dilapidated bridges in the state in comparison to funding construction through a capital bill that would need to address other state projects as well.