Illinois Tollway awards $21.6 million in construction and engineering contracts


The Illinois Tollway Board approved four construction contracts worth $21.6 million at the December Board meeting, with funding from the 15-year, $14 billion Move Illinois capital program launched in 2012. As of November 2022, the program has funded about 116,510 construction jobs.

“As the year comes to a close, 2022 has been a strong construction season for the Illinois Tollway as we continue to deliver infrastructure improvements on schedule and within budget throughout the Illinois Tollway system,” said Illinois Tollway executive director Cassaundra Rouse. “What’s more, as demonstrated by the variety of contracts awarded in December, we continue to offer contracts that increase opportunities for a greater variety of businesses to take on tollway projects.”

The Illinois Tollway’s Small Business Initiative puts small businesses earning gross revenues of $14 million or less annually in a position to succeed and grow by identifying select contracts, generally with values of approximately $5 million or less, specifically for small businesses to perform as primes.

As of 2022, 190 unique firms are enrolled to participate in the Small Business Initiative.

December construction contract awards include:

  • $10.1 million to Judlau Contracting Inc., College Point, NY, for improvements at the 163rd Street Toll Plaza on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294).
  • $6.5 million to Aldridge Electric Inc., Libertyville, IL, for O’Hare International Airport Runway 9L approach lighting system with sequence flashing (ALSF) lighting system relocation for the new I-490 Tollway north of Coyle Avenue and east of Carmen Drive.
  • $4 million to Meade Inc., Willowbrook, IL, for fiber installation on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) between Flagg Creek and the Cermak Road Toll Plaza as part of the Central Tri-State Tollway Project.
  • $934,773 to Areatha Construction Co., Streamwood, IL, for bridge repairs on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) between Town Hall Road Illinois Route 47.

Contracts include one prime contractor and 14 subcontractors certified as disadvantaged, minority-and women-owned business enterprise (D/M/WBE) firms and three subcontractors that are certified veteran-owned firms.


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