Indy 500 Champion Bobby Rahal Joins Gov. Blagojevich to Debut Open Road Tolling at Touhy Plaza Rahal Drives 2005 Indy 500 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Through New Non-Stop Toll Collection Lanes on I-294.
The Touhy Avenue Plaza is the fourth of eight toll plazas to deliver Open Road Tolling lanes by the end of 2005 which also include Irving Park Road on I-294, Boughton Road on I-355 and Edens Spur on I-94. Drivers will also soon be able to drive through without stopping at the following plazas: Cermak, 82nd St., 83rd St. (I-294) and at Army Trail Rd. (I-355), with the remaining mainline plazas to be converted by fall 2006. Illinois is the first state in the nation to convert a barrier toll plaza system to the new Open Road Tolling technology.
"Thanks to Bobby Rahal for coming out today to dramatize how Open Road Tolling lanes will allow motorists to get to their destinations faster,Â said Gov. Blagojevich. ÂIÂve been coming out for each Open Road Tolling opening because I want drivers to know we are doing everything we can to reduce congestion.Â
-- So since there are 4 more opening before the end of the year and if the Governor continues to attend each one I predict the following titles of press releases from the Governor's office.
Evil Knievel opened the new Open Road Tolling site today with Governor Blagojevich switching the rocket cycle on.
Big Daddy Don Garlits drove 195 miles per hour past the new Open Tolling site with Governor Blagojevich watching nearby
The next Open Road Tolling site was opened today by having Speed Racer of cartoon fame jumping the Blagojevich sign over the road. "I was glad that Racer X didn't come by" Governor Blagojevich said.
The final Open Road Tolling stretch to open in 2005 was opened today by speed skater Bonnie Blair. "Making the road all icy with her staking under the arch will make a picture that I know will make the front page of the Sun Times" Governor Blagojevich said to a reporter.