Illinois Tollway selected for 2020 Toll Excellence Award

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The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association today announced that the Illinois Tollway has been awarded a 2020 Toll Excellence Award for Social Responsibility.

The Illinois Tollway received the award due to its investments and preservation of local recreational trails, woodlands and wetlands. 

This year, IBTTA has awarded seven prestigious awards acknowledging industry leaders implementing transportation projects worldwide focusing on environmental sustainability, advancement of emerging technologies, easing mobility and alleviating congestion for drivers, and the development of new transportation systems in rapidly growing areas.

“The Illinois Tollway’s investments in the preservation of local recreational trails is the winner of this year’s Toll Excellence Award for Social Responsibility for sustaining trails and woodlands of approximately 1,000 miles, including county forest preserve trails, prairies and waterways, which are one of the unsung benefits provided to communities surrounding the 294-mile system of five toll roads in Northern Illinois,” said Samuel Johnson, Interim CEO of the Transportation Corridor Agencies and President of IBTTA.


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Illinois Tollway Executive Director José Alvarez said,” Our team is committed to minimizing the impact of our system on the environment and enhancing the quality of life for our surrounding communities,putting local communities first is a top priority for our agency, and our environmental initiatives are a part of that commitment.”

The seven award winners will make presentations at 11:00am ET on September 10th during IBTTA’s Virtual 88th Annual Meeting and Exhibition, September 10-16, 2020. One of the seven recipients will also be honored with the President’s Award for Excellence, the association’s highest achievement, during the Opening Session, Monday morning, September 14th.


This year’s 2020 Toll Excellence Award 6 recipients are:

  • Administration and Finance: North Texas Tollway Authority
  • Customer Service and Marketing Outreach: Washington State Department of Transportation
  • Social Responsibility: Illinois Tollway
  • Technology: Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE)
  • Toll Operations, Engineering and Maintenance: E-470 Public Highway Authority
  • Private Sector Innovation Award: Egis
  • Private Sector Innovation Award: HNTB Corporation

For more information, visit www.ibtta.org or join us on Twitter @IBTTA or #TollRoads.


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