Ask Eric: Why is this light pole on I-90 shorter than the others?

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(WTVO) — We have sort of a fun “Ask Eric” this week. The answer turned out to be much more interesting than the original question, and that’s no offense to Steve S.

Steve noticed on I-90, right around marker 27 1/2 near Spring Center Road, there’s a light pole in the center median that’s shorter than all the others. There’s a very good reason for that.

Just north of the tollway, there’s a small, privately-owned, grass strip airport called United Acres.
The runway goes east-west.

So, to meet FAA height safety requirements the Illinois Tollway actually shortened two light poles near the end of the runway.

Thanks for the question, Steve.

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