The entire length of the Veterans Memorial Tollway is along Interstate 355. This is the newer of the four towllways in Illinois. It runs from Addison to near Bolingbrook.
On Veterans Day 2007, the new portion opened connecting I-55 to I-80.
The Veterans Memorial Tollway was originally named the North-South Tollway. On February 12, 2007 it was re-named. Lt. Governor Pat Quinn joined with Sen. Louis S. Viverito (D-Burbank) to announce the introduction of new legislation to rename the North-South I-355 Tollway the “Veterans Memorial Tollway”. Sen. Viverito, a Korean War veteran, is the chief sponsor of the legislation.****
A sign that was posted prior to the tollway being re-named.
On August 25th, 2004, Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagonjevich unveiled a plan for the next 10 years of the Illinois Tollway. This was a $5.3 billion dollar re0building and construction plan. Part of the plan is to convert the entire system to a "open road tolling", widen parts of the existing highway, and builting the southern extention of the North-South Tollway. To pay for this work, drivers that do not use the tollway's I-PASS pay system, will see doubled tolls come January 1, 2005.
The 12-mile extention of I-355 from I-55 to I-80 will start construction in December, 2004. The project was ready to go in the mid 1990's but was delayed by a leagal challengeing then lack of funds. It is expected to generate 252,00 jobs and $20 million in economic benifits for this portion of Will County. I-355 will be six lans from I-55 to 143rd Street. From 143rd Street to I-80, it will be three lanes. The three lane section can be expanded in the future, should it be needed.*
Starting the first week of April, 2005, construction entrances will be placedon Cedar Road, U.S. Rt. 6, and Bruce Road. The second week of the same April, work will be focused around 167th Street, Gougar Road, 163rd Street, and 159th Street.**
The toll highway authority has held public meetings to inform and get input from the public on how the tollway extention will co-exist with the surounnding area. The highway will be at ground level with the roads going over it. Land on the eastside of the tollway will be used for a trail.*** The Veterans Memorial Tollway passes through the following metro. Chicago
The help motorist using the Veterans Memorial Tollway, the ISTHA uses I-PASS at all lanes along the tollway.
The Veterans Memorial Tollway crosses the following interstates in Illinois. Interstate 80, at New Lenox.
Looking north at the Vets from IL St Rt 7. (Nov., 2007)
NB Vets at 151st Street.
Looking north at the Des Plaines River Valley Bridge from the southern bluff. (Nov., 2007)
NB Vets crossing the Des Plaines River Valley Bridge. (Nov., 2007)
A old welcome sign on NB Vets. This was just north of I-55 prior to the start being at I-80.
The new welcome sign on NB Vets. (Nov. 2005)
NB Vets near 75th Street.
NB Vets at 75th Street.
NB Vets south of 63rd Street.
NB Vets at 63rd Street.
SB Vets near Ogden.
NB Vets at the tunnel under I-88.
Looking north at the Vets going under the Reagan Tollway.
NB Vets near Finley Road.
NB Vets at Butterfield Road.
NB Vets near 22nd Ave. in Lombard.
NB Vets near North Ave.
The thank you sign on SB Vets.
*Work on I-355 extension to start next month. (Joliet Herald-News 29 October 2004 A3) **Drivers will face I-355 project. (Joliet Herald-News 2 April 2005) ***Forum held on I-355 extension (Joliet Herald-news 24 April 2005) **** VETERANS MEMORIAL TOLLWAY Quinn Introduces Legislation to Honor Illinois Military Veterans (Illinois Government News Network 12 February 2007)