CHICAGO – The Chicago region could unsnarl its traffic mess and generate $2 billion in economic activity by 2040 by undertaking 11 major road construction projects with a $52 billion price tag paid for with new toll and user fees, according to a report from a libertarian think tank.

The California-based Reason Foundation unveiled its proposal in Chicago Thursday. The group’s answer to the Chicago area’s transportation needs is focused on adding 2,400 new lanes of expressways without raising taxes.

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