Chicago kicks off road construction season

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Chicago Construction News staff writer

The City of Chicago has started the 2023 road construction season, highlighting one of several projects – resurfacing of 3.75 miles of 63rd Street between Harlem Avenue and Calumet Avenue.

Work includes repairing utility trenches, correcting problems with standing water, upgrading curb extensions and upgrading pavement markings and crosswalks.

Plans are underway to repave 150 miles of streets this year, including:

  • Addison Street from Octiavia Street to Luna Avenue (2.25 miles)
  • Division Street from California to Kedzie (.5 miles)
  • Homan Avenue from Roosevelt Road to Chicago Avenue (2 miles)
  • Kedzie Avenue 51st Street to 63rd Street (1.5 miles)
  • Taylor Street from Western Avenue to Racine Avenue (1.25 miles)
  • Western Avenue from Belmont Avenue to Foster Avenue (2.5 miles)

The Illinois DOT is also planning a busy construction season, including 12 major construction projects in Macon County with $195 million from the Rebuild Illinois capital plan.

“Rebuild Illinois is revitalizing communities and neighborhoods by investing in projects and people in the Macon County area and throughout the state,” said Gov. JB Pritzker. “Through the largest capital program in state history, IDOT will be delivering improvements to build a more resilient, accessible and equitable system of transportation for generations to come, while creating jobs and enhancing local quality of life.”

Projects:

Illinois Route 121 from U.S. 36 through Mt. Zion

  • Resurfacing, bridge joint replacements, and ADA improvements such as sidewalk ramps and modernized traffic signals started in 2023, scheduled to be complete in July 2024

Illinois Route 121 from I-72 to University Avenue

  • Scope: Resurfacing and ADA improvements started in 2023, scheduled to be complete in November 2024

U.S. Route 51 from north of Forsyth to I-72

  • Resurfacing and ADA improvements started in April, scheduled to be complete by summer 2025

U.S. Route 36 (Illinois Route 48 to Church Street) and West Eldorado Street

  • Resurfacing, bridge joint replacements, and ADA improvements started in April, scheduled to be complete by summer 2025

U.S. Route 51 from the DeWitt/Macon County line to Forsyth

  • Resurfacing started in 2023, scheduled to be complete this summer

Illinois Route 121 from just east of Burgener Drive in Mt. Zion to west of Illinois 128

  • Resurfacing started in March, scheduled to be complete in November 2024

Brush College Road and Faries Parkway

  • Scope: Grade separation, including two overhead train tracks began last fall, scheduled to be complete in 2026

Reas Bridge Road

  • Bridge replacement over Lake Decatur started last fall, scheduled to be complete in 2026

Illinois Route 48 from north of U.S. 51 to south of Bowman Road

  • Resurfacing starting this summer, scheduled to be complete this fall

U.S. Route 36 over Lake Shore Drive

  • Bridge replacement beginning in September, scheduled to be complete in late 2025

Illinois Route 105 at Long Creek, half-mile east of Oakley Road

  • Bridge replacement starting November, to be complete in late 2025

Main Street from just north of Eldorado Street in Harristown to North Glasgow Road

  • Resurfacing starting this summer, scheduled to be completed this fall

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