Five major South Cook County road construction projects on track for completion this fall

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Chicago Construction News staff writer

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Five major projects in southern Cook County worth more than $39 million will be completed this fall, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has confirmed.

“With the Rebuild Illinois capital plan, we are restoring and transforming Illinois’ aging infrastructure,” said Gov. Eric Pritzker.

“Rebuild Illinois is not only about investing in infrastructure but about investing in people and communities as well. In the coming months, IDOT will undertake projects that will ultimately create safer roads and bridges and provide jobs in southern Cook County and across the entire state.”

Projects include:

  • 130th Street over the Bishop Ford Freeway (Interstate 94) includes bridge repairs, a new deck overlay and painting. Construction began last summer and is scheduled to be completed this fall.
  • 127th Street bridge over Interstate 57 includes repairs to the bridge deck and structural steel, a new deck overlay and approaches, along with new lighting. The project began this spring and is anticipated to be completed late fall.
  • Interstate 57 from Halsted Street (Illinois 1) to Interstate 294 involves an ongoing resurfacing project. Work started this spring and is anticipated to be completed late fall.
  • Glenwood Lansing Road over Illinois 394 includes a new bridge deck overlay and approaches, joint replacement, structural steel and deck repairs. Construction will begin this summer and is anticipated to be completed this fall.

“These projects represent another year that IDOT will be making transformational investments in southern Cook County and all across the state,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman.

Passed in 2019, Rebuild Illinois – the largest capital program in state history – is a $33.2 billion focused on aging transportation system. Entering the fourth year of the program, IDOT also updated nine projects totalling $27 million in East Lake County:

  • Skokie Highway (U.S. 41) from Illinois 173 (Rosecrans Road) to Westleigh Road includes culvert rehabilitation and drainage improvements. The project began this spring and is anticipated to be completed late summer.
  • Skokie Highway (U.S. 41) over Mill Creek includes a new deck overlay and expansion joint repairs. Work started this summer and is anticipated to be completed this fall.
  • Belvidere Road (Illinois 120) from O’Plaine Road to Skokie Highway (U.S. 41) includes new lighting installation scheduled to begin this summer and be complete late fall 2023.
  • Illinois 137 (Amstutz Expressway/Bobby E. Thompson Expressway) from Belvidere Road to Buckley Road (Illinois 137) includes resurfacing and installing ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps. Construction started this summer and is anticipated to be completed this fall.
  • Buckley Road (Illinois 137) from Frontenac Street to Bobby E. Thompson Expressway (Illinois 137) includes resurfacing, installing ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps and replacing deteriorated curbs. Construction began this spring and is estimated to be completed late summer.
  • Grand Avenue from Green Bay Road (Illinois 131) to the Amstutz Expressway (Illinois 137) includes resurfacing, replacing deteriorated curbs and constructing new ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps and is estimated to be complete late summer.
  • Washington Street at U.S. 41 over the Union Pacific Railroad includes new bridge deck installation and resurfacing. Construction is set to begin next spring and be completed next fall.
  • Milwaukee Avenue (Illinois 21) from Finstad Drive to Church Street includes resurfacing and installing ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps – scheduled to begin this summer and estimated to be completed late fall.
  • Illinois 83 from just north of Buffalo Grove Road to south of Old Checkers Road includes resurfacing and installing ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps. The project is to begin spring 2023 and take one construction season to complete.

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