New Tollway Interchange In Justice To Replace Exit Torn Down 25 Years Ago

Bernie Tafoya
October 16, 2018 - 1:56 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Illinois Tollway, IDOT and Cook County have agreed to build a new tollway interchange in southwest suburban Justice. It would replace an exit that was torn down at the same spot more than 25 years ago.  

The new interchange will include a northbound entrance and a southbound exit to and from the Tri-State Tollway around 79th Street and 88th Avenue in Justice. 

Mayor Kris Wasowicz said he and others have been fighting to have it put back in for about 11 years.

"In 1993 that exit ramp was closed. A lot of village’s businesses, gas stations, saw about 50 percent drop in their sales/revenue. Some of the businesses closed," he said.

The mayor believes the new interchange will energize business and alleviate traffic headaches, especially providing relief to people who use Toyota Park in Bridgeview.

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"This is going to be a game-changer for the area, for economic development in the area, greater access to Toyota Park in Bridgeview," said Cong. Dan Lipinski.

Groundbreaking is not for another 18-to-24 months with a couple of years of construction to follow.