Illinois Tollway unveils $609 million construction programme in 2012

The Illinois Tollway has announced it will invest nearly $609 million in 2012 for projects to repair and rebuild roadways, bridges and interchanges and other capital investments across the 286-mile system.

In 2012, the Illinois Tollway has allotted $29.6 million for the construction of new embankments and bridge piers and lengthen I-294 bridges over 147th Street. Ramps to and from Champaign are expected to open in 2014.

Illinois Tollway has budgeted an estimated $47.2 million to commence construction of the new Illinois Route 47 interchange on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90). The scope of work includes construction of new ramps, all-electronic toll collection and bridge reconstruction.

Over $137 million will be invested on Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294) roadway resurfacing and ramp and bridge repairs, including work from 95th Street to Balmoral Avenue and from the Edens Spur to Half Day Road.

About $90.5 million will be used on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) to rebuild and widen a section of roadway from Deerpath Road to Illinois Route 56 in North Aurora, for roadway resurfacing from Illinois Route 56 to Illinois Route 251 in Rochelle and for bridge and ramp repairs along the corridor. An additional $23.7 million has been set aside for ramp and lighting repairs throughout the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355).

Approximately $98.8 million will be granted for the reconstruction and widening of bridges throughout the I-90 corridor from the Kennedy Expressway to I-39 in Rockford and for shoulder improvements from Randall Road in Elgin to Mill Road in Rockford to prepare for upcoming reconstruction and widening of I-90.

In addition, $14.9 million will be used to fund bridge design on the existing portion of the Elgin O’Hare Expressway between US Route 20 and Rohlwing Road to prepare for bridge and roadway rehabilitation and widening.