State road repairs headed for Will County
By Bob Okon email@example.com March 26, 2013 8:34PM
Updated: April 28, 2013 7:08AM
It will be a busy road construction season in Joliet and other parts of Will County thanks to the state of Illinois.
Gov. Pat Quinn this week announced $486 million in state spending on nearly 200 road and bridge projects statewide starting in the coming weeks.
Ten of those projects costing just under $24.6 million, or 5 percent of the total, will be in Will County.
Five of the Will County projects are in Joliet. The state will spend nearly $3.8 million in Joliet, fixing up state routes that double as major thoroughfares in the city.
The biggest job in Joliet will be a $1.7 million resurfacing of Jefferson Street from Joyce Road to Raynor Avenue.
“That’s good. It’s in rough shape,” Joliet Public Works Director James Trizna said.
The Jefferson Street project had already been in the state’s multi-year plan, Trizna said. But, “We urged them to push it up. It’s nice of them to do it. It really needs it.”
The state also will resurface sections of four streets that double as state routes in the older downtown and East Side of the city: Cass, Scott, Ottawa and Richards streets.
The state spending injects money into Joliet streets at a time when the city has had to cut back because of budget constraints. There was a time, Trizna said, when Joliet would fund resurfacing work on some state routes to move them faster along.
But that ended years ago.
The biggest projects are in other parts of the county. They include:
$8.9 million for resurfacing of Illinois 394 through Crete, Steger and Sauk Village.
$6.2 million in repairs and other work on the Interstate 55 bridges over the Des Plaines River in Channahon.
$2.4 million in resurfacing and other work on Illinois 53 from Renwick Road to Belmont Boulevard in the Romeoville and Lockport area.
$2.4 million for resurfacing of Manhattan-Monee Road in Manhattan and Green Garden townships.
I-55 motorists will face delays through most of the summer into the fall because of the repairs of the bridges in both directions over the Des Plaines River. Work will be done on one bridge at a time. But lanes will be reduced from two to one as the work stretches from mid-June to late November. The work includes repairs of steel trusses and concrete substructure, new asphalt, and even a paint job.
Likewise, motorists on Illinois 53 will deal with daytime lane closures as the road gets patched and resurfaced along a 3.5-mile stretch. The work starts in June and runs through the end of September.