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01/06/2010 Truck Speed Limits Increase on Western Segments of Illinois Tollway Truckers to Use Right Lanes Systemwide
End of Systemwide Roadway Construction Leads to Reinstatement of Right Lane Travel Requirements for Trucks
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – The Illinois Tollway has completed signage changes to reflect new 65 m.p.h. speed limits for trucks over 4 tons on the far western segments of the Tollway System. In addition, the Illinois Tollway is reinstating enforcement of right lane restrictions for trucks now that it has completed systemwide roadway Rebuild & Widen Projects as part of the $6.3 billion Congestion-Relief Program – Open Roads for a Faster Future. “We encourage all Tollway drivers to follow the rules of the road and practice safe driving habits at all times,” said Acting Executive Director Michael King. “Everyone can play a role in improving highway safety by maintaining a safe speed and distance between other vehicles, being aware of large blind spots surrounding trucks and demonstrating common courtesy for other drivers.”

Effective January 1, 2010, commercial vehicles weighing more than four tons are permitted to drive 65 m.p.h. on the western segments of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) and the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) as well as other designated interstates in Illinois. In addition to trucks, motor homes, campers and trailers also will be allowed to drive the new posted 65 m.p.h. speed limit in these areas. Existing 55 m.p.h. speed limits will continue to apply to trucks traveling on Illinois interstates in the metropolitan Chicago area including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will, Lake and McHenry counties.

Large trucks are now allowed to drive 65 m.p.h. on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) from approximately mile post 49 near Belvidere to the Wisconsin state line, and on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) from approximately mile post 99 in DeKalb and through the IDOT portion of I-88. The 55 m.p.h. speed limit remains in effect for all vehicles traveling remainder of the Illinois Tollway System.

Trucks Keep Right

Right lane restrictions have been reinstated for trucks using the Illinois Tollway now that systemwide roadway Rebuild & Widen projects have been competed as of the end of December 2009. State law restricts trucks to the two right lanes wherever there are three or more lanes. Black and white signs stating “Trucks Use 2 Right Lanes” are posted at all Tollway entrances where there are three or more roadway lanes. Illinois State Police District 15 enforces the law through regular patrols.

Lane restrictions for trucks are designed to reduce conflict between cars and trucks as well as facilitate traffic flow. Traffic studies have found the restrictions improve traffic flow and reduce accidents caused by improper lane changes. In order to increase safety and traffic flow, the Tollway enforces state law requiring lane restrictions of trucks with three or more axles to the right-most lanes. As a result, lane restrictions for trucks are now designated throughout the 286-mile Tollway System.

Exceptions to the truck lane restrictions may be made during construction to allow trucks to travel safely through work zones and avoid driving on shoulders. Trucks also may use the left lanes to yield to emergency vehicles or when there is an accident or other obstruction that makes it necessary to move out of the right lanes.

“District 15 rigorously enforces improper lane usage on the Tollway System,” said District 15 Commander John Jesernik. “We encourage truck drivers to stay to the right to avoid accidents and help facilitate an efficient flow of traffic for the benefit of all motorists.”

About the Illinois Tollway

The Illinois Tollway maintains and operates 286 miles of interstate tollways in 12 counties in Northern Illinois, including the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) and the Tri-State Tollway (I-94, I-294, I-80/I-294). Tollway customers save time and money with I-PASS electronic toll collection - Get I-PASS & Get Going!
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