Veterans Parkway, opens Veterans day

Veterans Memorial Tollway Opens In Western Suburbs
Rafael Romo LEMONT, Ill. (CBS) ― The morning commute will get quite an upgrade for people living in the western suburbs.

CBS 2's Rafael Romo reports that the new I-355 extention, dubbed the Veterans Memorial Tollway officially opens Sunday, and links I-55 to I-80.

As part of the opening festivities, people can bike or run along the I-355 extension on Sunday. That will only be for one day, however, because on Monday cars will be flying along the interstate.

The dozens of cyclists who helped open the new extension on Sunday were delighted to be among the first to ride along the new stretch of tollway.

"There's a lot of people in New Lenox, Tinley Park, Orland Park, Homer, that are always taking side streets to get north to get to Schaumburg or the western suburbs. Having this is going to alleviate a lot of that pressure," said one man who rode on the Veterans Memorial Tollway Sunday with his family.

The 12.5-mile extension of the I-355 Tollway connects I-55 through Will County to I-80. It was built as part of the Tollway's congestion relief program to reduce travel time between the southwestern and western suburbs.

Cyclist Teresa Dory said, "It's really neat to be able to ride on it for the first time and we're very excited about … being able to get places a lot quicker and having it be more accessible and hope that business comes down this way."

The Veterans Memorial Tollway took three years to complete at a cost of $730 million. Officials said they expect about 54,000 daily commuters.

The official opening ceremony will be held Sunday afternoon, hosted by Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
I man have to check this one out, but is it like the Elgin-O'hare Expressway that neither goes to Elgin or O'Hare?


  1. SP Biloxi said...
    Nice pics.

    What a disgrace on this day to have 1/4 of the vets homeless. My grandfather who served in the Navy would roll over his grave in the treatment of vets and soldiers.
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Yes, I feel for the vets, all of them. I really think this WH is so far removed from what our vets have to live with the rest of their lives after being in war. Wesley Clark said it so well, it's so easy to get into a war it's so hard to get out of one, and that people like him who have been in wars will do everything they can to stay out of them because they know first hand the effects.
    SP Biloxi said...
    "I really think this WH is so far removed from what our vets have to live with the rest of their lives after being in war."

    And that is because the Gerbil and Supreme Dick never sacrificed themselves for their country. And put key players in the Administration with not s lick of military experience. That is why they are clueless about what a military soldier sacrfices for this country.

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