May 25th, 2018
Skyway Concession Company LLC (SCC), operators of the Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge (Chicago Skyway), are mid-way through efforts to restore the Chicago Skyway’s toll plaza canopy to its iconic art-deco design, hailed as “ultra-modern” when the plaza originally opened in 1958. The $7 million dollar canopy restoration project is the work of Skidmore, Owings, Merrill, LLP, scheduled in phases around the summer peak travel months to minimize any disruption to motorists traveling the roadway.
The new Skyway toll plaza canopy will maintain its historical art-deco look and feel, while incorporating state-of-the-art signage and tolling equipment. The new larger toll lane signage, color coded by payment type (e.g., green for cash, purple for I-Pass/E-ZPass), was designed to help motorists see which lanes offer their preferred payment method from a much greater distance, allowing for safer transit to the correct payment lane and more efficient transit through the toll plaza.