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Full Text of HJR0009  98th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, Section 14.1 of the Toll Highway Act provides that
3prior to the issuance of bonds for or the commencement of
4construction of any new toll highway, that particular toll
5highway shall be authorized by joint resolution of the General
6Assembly; and
7    WHEREAS, In 1995 by Senate Joint Resolution 45 (the 1995
8Resolution) the General Assembly approved the expansion of the
9Illinois toll highway system to include an O'Hare Airport
10Bypass with Extension, with the Bypass to be constructed
11generally along the western edge of the O'Hare Airport between
12I-90 (Northwest Tollway) near Elmhurst Road and I-294
13(Tri-State Tollway) near Grand Avenue, and with the extension
14to be constructed in a generally East-West direction between
15I-290 (near Thorndale Avenue) at the West and the Bypass at the
16East; and
17    WHEREAS, It is necessary and appropriate, following
18extensive multi-agency public outreach culminating in
19recommendations agreed upon by all communities along the
20proposed Elgin-O'Hare corridor to proceed with construction of
21new toll highway facilities, to update the 1995 Resolution to
22reflect the current project recommendation as outlined in the
23October 2012 Tier 2 Final Environmental Impact Statement that



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1was jointly executed by the Federal Aviation Administration,
2Federal Highway Administration, Illinois Department of
3Transportation, and Illinois State Toll Highway Authority; and
4    WHEREAS, It may be necessary and appropriate to expand the
5project limits over time to adhere to future additions or
6expansions of the EOWA project; therefore, be it
9SENATE CONCURRING HEREIN, that the Illinois State Toll Highway
10Authority be authorized to expand the Illinois toll highway
11system, under a project to be known as the Elgin-O'Hare Western
12Access (EOWA), to include an O'Hare Airport Bypass with
13Extension, general access to O'Hare Airport primarily from the
14West and South, with the Bypass to be constructed generally
15along the western edge of the O'Hare Airport between I-90
16(Northwest Tollway) near Elmhurst Road and I-294 (Tri-State
17Tollway) near Grand Avenue, and with the Extension to be
18constructed in a generally East-West direction between the
19Bypass at the East and the western terminus of the Elgin-O'Hare
20Expressway at U.S. 20 to the West; including, but not limited
21to, any necessary access ramps and bridges; and be it further
22    RESOLVED, That the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority,
23in performing work to complete the EOWA project, consider and



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1utilize, to the extent practicable, available technology and
2construction processes intended to reduce the environmental
3impact of the project on surrounding areas, and to perform work
4that will facilitate establishment of future freight
5inter-modal transport, and alternative transport modes
6including rail transit, bicycle, and pedestrian within the
7project area; and be it further
8    RESOLVED, That that the Illinois State Toll Highway
9Authority shall complete the EOWA project in a manner that
10supports diversity involvement in the project work and economic
11development in the region; and be it further
12    RESOLVED, That a copy of this preamble and resolution be
13immediately forwarded to each of the Directors of the Illinois
14State Toll Highway Authority.