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The Indiana Toll Road runs right across northern Indiana, from the Illinois state line on the west going west over 156 miles all the way to the Ohio state line. In 2000, work began to have the Indiana Toll Road designated a national’s cenic highway” to be called “the Main Street of the Midwest.” Northwest Indiana’s Lake County covers the first 18 miles of the toll road from the Illinois state line to the Porter County border, where Porter County continues up to the toll road’s mile 38 marker. Many in Northwest Indiana cannot remember a time when the Indiana Toll Road wasn’t in service: the roadway was completed in 1956 as a way to connect Chicago, Illinois, with major cities on the East Coast, as well as joining local traffic with the Chicago Skyway for commuting into downtown Chicago from surrounding areas. Today, the toll road also serves to bring people to places like the casinos found lakeside in Lake County as well as those wanting to fish, boat, or nature hike in Porter County’s Indiana Dunes. The Indiana Toll Road, as its name suggests, is not a public roadway but a profit concern, maintained and operated by a joint venture made up of a Spanish and Australian partnership, Spain’s Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte (Cintra) and Australia’s Macquarie Atlas Roads (MQAP and Macqaurie Infrastructure Partners (MIP). The joint venture is known as the Indiana Toll Road Concession Company (ITRCC). By taking the Indiana Toll Road, a driver can move from the Chicago Skyway all the way to the Ohio Turnpike without the congestion and usually without delays that may exist in alternative routes across Northwest Indiana. However, taking the Indiana Toll Road is not free. For those driving non-commercial 2-axle vehicles and motorcycles — in other words, most non-business drivers — the cost remains unchanged since 1985, with the toll being $4.65 to drive the entire length of the Indiana Toll Road, from Illinois to Ohio if they have an electronic transponder (the EZ-Pass). However, beginning in July 2014, toll rates increased to $10.00 for that same route (state line to state line) for those who don’t have the EZ Pass transponder, or Illinois’ iPass transponder, an increase of 30 cents. Big rigs and semi trucks (i.e., all those with 5 axles) are considered “Class 5 users” of the Indiana Toll Road. For driving across the state of Indiana on the toll road, state line to state line, the truck driver must pay a toll of $39.70, which computes to 25.2 cents per mile. Accidents involving big rigs and semi trucks can result in serious injury. Experienced Indiana injury lawyers can help victims recover damages for a variety of losses.
Indiana Toll Road Is Part of the Federal Interstate System
The Indiana Toll Road is part of the federal interstate highway system. As you move along, you will see signs acknowledging that the Indiana Toll Road overlaps with Interstate 80 from Lake Station to the Indiana-Ohio state line; Interstate 90 likewise dovetails with the Toll Road for its entire span, state line (Illinois) to state line (Ohio). If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed due to the wrongful acts of another, then you may have a legal claim for damages as well as the right to justice against the wrongdoer and you are welcomed to contact a Chicagoland and Indiana personal injury lawyer at Kenneth J. Allen Law Group to schedule a free initial legal consultation.