Rebuilding Bloomington-Normal major projects to be completed this year

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Chicago Construction News staff writer

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) says six major building projects, worth more than $48-million will be completed this year in Bloomington-Normal.

“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,” said Governor J.B. Pritzker.

They are:

  • Veterans Parkway from Clearwater Avenue to Old Route 66 in Bloomington – patching, milling and resurfacing with ADA improvements began in June and is anticipated to wrap up in October.
  • S. Business 51, just north of Raab Road in Normal – box culvert replacement across U.S. Business 51 will begin in June and is anticipated to wrap up in September.
  • Old U.S. 51 over Kickapoo Creek 1 mile north of U.S. 136 – bridge superstructure replacement will begin in June and is anticipated to wrap up in November.
  • Illinois 9 from Illinois 122 to Walton Drive in Bloomington – patching, milling and resurfacing work of Illinois 9 began in April and is anticipated to wrap up in July.
  • I-55 from the Logan County line to 1.8 miles south of Shirley – patching, milling and resurfacing of I-55 began in June and is anticipated to wrap up in October.
  • I-74, 0.4 mile north of I-55 Business to 0.3 mile east of U.S. 51 at I-55 in Bloomington – patching, milling and resurfacing of I-74 began in May and is anticipated to wrap up in September.

“Rebuild Illinois has been a game-changer for our city, propelling us into a new era of progress and prosperity. The significant investments in infrastructure have not only created jobs and economic growth but have also improved safety and connectivity throughout the community,” said Bloomington Mayor Mboka Mwilambwe. “Thanks to Rebuild Illinois, Bloomington is positioned for sustainable growth and a brighter future for all our residents.”

Year Four included $12.1 billion of improvements statewide on 5,339 miles of highway, 533 bridges and 762 additional safety improvements. throughout the state.

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