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About the Skyway
History

In October 2004, after an international competition, SCC was awarded the contract to operate the Chicago Skyway, a 7.8-mile toll road that is the only toll highway in the state not operated by Illinois Toll Highway Authority. The consortium was awarded operation in January 2005 for $1.83 billion dollars

Environmental Sustainability

At Skyway Concession Co., we are fully committed to the safety of our employees and patrons, and sustainability of our local environment by adopting best practice approaches to achieve superior outcomes for our employees, the company and the City of Chicago.

SCC continues to find ways to conserve energy whether using electricity, natural gas, gasoline, diesel, or liquid propane. These efforts are now part of what has become known as Sustainability.

Skyway Concession Co. environmental sustainability initiatives and goals :

Energy conservation and sustainability are environmentally prudent and fiscally responsible. The following includes some of the projects SCC has initiated with the purpose of sustainability:

  • Supplier environmental sustainability efforts. SCC strictly monitors its supplier environmental initiatives. The supplier company’s sustainability efforts are one of the several determining factors of who gets the bid for parts, services, and supplies. Sustainability efforts include a new quarterly review of initiatives made toward controlling and reducing waste streams, improving staff awareness of recycling, reducing and reusing materials, cost savings by reducing energy use, finding ways to conserve water, eliminating hazardous waste, community outreach and other metrics.
  • Minor carbon footprint. SCC has a significantly lower environmental footprint than similar toll roads in the U.S. (for example, there are no catchment ponds, treatment plants, etc.). SCC is responsible for the remediation and containment of hazardous spills within the roadway area, and SCC follows detailed Safety and Roadway Maintenance procedures to respond to these incidents.
  • Environmental awareness and quality. As stated, SCC has a significantly lower environmental footprint than other toll road projects. Regardless, SCC employs a quality control coordinator who is responsible for the completeness, standardization and auditing of SCC’s policies and procedures. SCC is diligent in regards to monitoring, recording, and reporting environmental data and metrics, and it is the goal to seek continuous improvement.
  • Conserve gasoline and diesel. Many ways are available to reduce fuel consumption and it only takes a little effort. SCC partakes in many methods, including these suggestions from the U.S. Department of Energy :
    • Avoid aggressive driving including not driving above the posted speed, avoiding rapid acceleration if not necessary, and allowing the car to slow down naturally instead of running top speed up to the stopping point then hard braking.
    • Maintain the vehicle, for example a faulty oxygen sensor can reduce mileage as much as 40%.
    • Combining tasks into one trip saves time and fuel. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as a longer multipurpose trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm. It also reduces the distance so less wear and tear on tires and other components.

  • Environmental impacts on the Skyway. SCC has a strong focus on employee and patron safety. Our mission is to serve each customer efficiently and effectively. The SCC reports incidents at the time of occurrence to management, and quarterly to the City of Chicago to ensure accurate records are kept and any issues are promptly discovered and corrected.
  • Safety and environmental training programs for SCC employees. SCC requires four safety meetings per month for the departments involved with direct roadway operations. These safety meetings cover a range of topics, from slips, trips, and falls to hazardous materials awareness and containment. These meetings are documented and material is re-communicated several times per year.