Source: My Suburban Life
DuPage County recently secured more than $69 million in federal grants to help fund the local share of the Illinois Tollway’s Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project (EOWA) through the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program.
Through it’s Move Illinois capital program, the Illinois Tollway has pledged $3.1 billion toward the $3.4 billion EOWA project. Local officials need $300 million to cover the gap in funding. The federal grant money will lessen that gap.
The CMAQ Program is designed to improve air quality and mitigate congestion. The program will help fund three construction projects outlined in the Western Access plan, including $34 million to replace the current Interstate 290 northbound and southbound ramps that intersect with Thorndale Avenue with new ramps that will significantly reduce delays for travelers.
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