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Discussions > WTF > Why isn't there an oasis on the North-South Tollway?
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Posted: 6/7/2006 5:43:59 AM
Why isn't there an oasis on the North-South Tollway?

This came up on Wikipedia. I have an idea, but I was wondering if anyone else had an idea. The East-West Tollway has one. The Tri-State Tollway has four. The Northwest Tollway has two or three. Why doesn't the North-South Tollway have an over-the-road oasis? Especially since the Tollway Authority redesigned them for daily commuters?

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Posted: 6/28/2006 12:00:30 PM
This answer to this question has something to do with the age of the highways you mentioned.

There are seven oases located along tollways in Illinois. According to Jan Kemp, spokeswoman for the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, the oases were originally built along the highways because when most of the highways were built in 1958, there was very little development on the outskirts of Chicago, and there were few places for motorists to stop to get gas or a bite to eat when they were driving along the tollway.

But the North-South Tollway, otherwise known as I-355, was built much later, and didn't open until December 1989. By that time, there was a lot of commercial development in the areas it went through, such as Addison, Lombard, Oakbrook Terrace and Woodridge, so there was no need to build an oasis with a restaurant, gas station and other amenities. 

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