They didn't succeed in stopping the new runways, so now they're going after the western access, eh?
If there's any component of the ORD
expansion that makes sense, it's this one. Currently the folks from DuPage have to drive essentially all the way around O'Hare and into the "funnel" entrance on I-190. If these whiners want to continue driving an extra 30 minutes to catch their flights, I guess it doesn't really bother me.
I will admit, though, that I'm not sure exactly what "western access" entails. All the proposals I've seen show the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway coming to a dead stop at Route 83 on the west side of the airport - clear across the airfield from the terminals or anything of note. If they're going to provide western access that's worth the time and money, they need to get a road all the way into the central terminal area... ideally through a tunnel under the airfield.
I don't want to think of what that will cost, and I doubt the folks running the expansion will either. Most likely we'll see a half-assed Elgin-O'Hare extension that comes to a dead stop at Route 83, and is thus utterly useless.