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Millions earmarked for Southland roads

Updated: May 19, 2013 7:39AM



Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday outlined a long-range transportation improvement program that would pour tens of millions of dollars into Southland roads over the next six years.

The $12.6 billion program includes several projects that are part of the state’s Illinois Jobs Now infrastructure initiative. Locally, some of the road construction involves work that has been in the planning stages for a few years.

Stretching through the state’s 2019 fiscal year, the transportation program relies on an anticipated $7.2 billion in federal contributions as well as $1.9 billion from the state and the balance from other sources.

Here is a sample of some of the local road projects slated for funding:

$5.77 million to rehab bridges on Interstate 57 at Cicero Avenue and 167th Street.

Nearly $50 million is earmarked for the ongoing construction of an interchange linking I-57 and the Tri-State Tollway.

$2.5 million for improvements, including the installation of traffic signals, at the intersection of Southwest Highway and 179th Street/Brook Hill Drive in Orland Park.

$31 million for widening and rebuilding of 159th Street from west of Ravinia Avenue in Orland Park to Will-Cook Road.

$4.6 million to resurface Lincoln Highway between Cicero and Hilltop avenues in Matteson, Olympia Fields and Chicago Heights.

$800,000 for intersection improvements at Harlem Avenue and 151st Street in Orland Park.

Traffic signal modernization and other improvements costing $2.5 million at the intersections of Cicero Avenue with Midlothian Turnpike, 135th Street and Calumet Sag Road in Crestwood.

Resurfacing 123rd Street from 96th Avenue to Harlem Avenue in Palos Park and Palos Heights at a cost of $2 million.

Spending $70 million to add lanes along Illinois 7/159th Street from Interstate 355 to Will-Cook Road through Lockport and Homer Glen.

Resurfacing LaGrange Road between Birch and Colorado avenues in Mokena and Frankfort for $1.5 million.

Spending $1.2 million to repair the 80th Avenue bridge over Interstate 80 between Tinley Park and Mokena.

A whopping $73 million is earmarked to improve the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-80 over 16 miles from Ridge Road to U.S. 30.

More information on the construction program may be found at http://www.dot.il.gov/opp/hip1419/hwyimprov.htm.



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