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Technical Tours

All technical tours will be Wednesday, , from 1:00 pm–5:00 pm. 

Attendees with technical tour tickets should meet in the Holiday Inn street-level lobby to board their tour bus.  All registrants must be in the lobby by 1:15pm on Wednesday.  Buses leave promptly at 1:30pm. 

Attendees can earn professional development hours (PDHs) by attending a technical tour.

Tour tickets are $40/attendee (must be registered for the conference to attend).

Due to potential security requirements, tour registration will be required prior to the event. Tours may require additional identification.  

IDOT Highway | Jane Byrne Interchange Reconstruction

The Jane Byrne Interchange was the slowest and most congested highway freight bottleneck in the nation with more than 400,000 vehicles traveling through the Interchange on a daily basis, and over 1,100 crashes reported on average per year. Built more than 50 years ago, the Interchange has not had a major rehabilitation since its initial construction. High traffic volumes, single-lane ramps, and tight curves make the Circle prone to congestion which causes it to operate under breakdown conditions for most of the day.

Planning and design phases began in 2014. Construction phase (Phase III) is being implemented in 3 Stages. Stage 1 being Cross Road Bridges, the focus on Stage 2 will be I-290/Congress Parkway and Stage 3 will consist of the I-90/94 segment.  Project completion is expected in 2020.

This project is unique in It involves three different interstates, a constricted urban area, working around the CTA Blue Line, multiple bridges, a city water pumping station and the need to keep traffic flowing in a location that sees an extreme amount of vehicles every day.

The total cost of the Byrne project is $600 million. The planned improvements to the junction are expected to reduce traffic delays by more than 50 percent by widening ramps and creating better shoulders so that disabled vehicles don’t get stuck and tie up traffic behind them.

O'Hare Airport | Airside-ORD 21

(Airport tour registration now closed)

At the forefront of the O'Hare 21 are plans by the city and airlines to build a new O'hare Global Terminal (OGT), Global Concourse and two new satellite concourses. At 2.2 million square feet, the new OGT will be one of the largest and most cutting edge terminals in the nation. It will more than double the space at today's Terminal 2, replacing it with an expanded, light-filled arrivals hall to feature: additional gates; more space for concessions, lounges and public amenities; state of the art new baggage systems; and advanced new technologies to improve security screening.

Registration for the O'Hare Airport Tour will close on July 12, 2019


Please note: Tours may be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. If this happens, attendees will be offered a space on another tour, if space is available, or given a refund for the cost of the tour ticket.

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