Rebuilding I-290 could boost economy, reduce travel times and improve safety, new report says

 Rebuilding I-290 could boost economy, reduce travel times and improve safety, new report says

As a group of politicians and union leaders push to speed up a multi-billion dollar project to expand and rebuild the Eisenhower Expressway, a new report found the proposed improvements to I-290 could have more economic impacts and improve equity and traffic issues for the region than any comparable project.

The Illinois Economic Policy Institute’s report, which comes just days after the passage of a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, detailed I-290’s current infrastructure needs and examined the safety concerns, congestion problems and economic impact project.

The report, scheduled to be released Tuesday morning and shared exclusively in advance with the Chicago Sun-Times, determined the interstate’s existing design is outdated and in dire need of improvements.

Nearly 90% of the 44 bridges on the 13-mile stretch of the expressway between I-94 and the I-88/294 interchange are considered “functionally…

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