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?