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Illinois Tollway Awards $6.6M in Construction Contracts

The organization puts its money where its mouth is for statewide infrastructure.

Wed June 19, 2013 - Midwest Edition
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On April 25 the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors approved two new construction contracts totaling $6.6 million, including work on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project.

More than $374 million in construction and engineering contracts have been approved by the Tollway Board so far in 2013. A total of more than $1 billion in construction and engineering contracts has been awarded since the Move Illinois Program began in 2012.

“With more than $1 billion in new contracts awarded over the first 16 months of the Move Illinois Program, we are on our way to delivering improvements that will serve our customers for decades to come,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur. “Much of the work we will deliver through Move Illinois will keep the existing Tollway system’s roads and bridges in good repair.”

Construction contracts approved include a contract for steel beams to rebuild eight local crossroad bridges on I-90 later this year, as well as a contract for pavement repairs on the east end of I-90 between the Elgin Toll Plaza and the River Road Toll Plaza and parking lot rehabilitation at three Tollway facilities.

The new contract for pavement repairs and parking lot rehabilitation includes eight subcontractors that are certified as disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned business enterprises (D/M/WBE). The D/M/WBE commitment for this contract is more than 20 percent, with $453,000 of the $2.6 million contract committed to these firms.

Contracts awarded include:

• A $4.3 million contract to ASP PDM Bridge LLC to fabricate and deliver steel bridge beams for eight local crossroad bridges carrying traffic over I-90.

• A $2.3 million contract to Plote Construction Inc. for pavement repairs on I-90 and parking lot rehabilitation.

Construction contracts for Illinois Tollway projects are competitively bid under the rules of the Illinois Procurement Code. As part of the process, contractors’ bid submissions for construction work advertised by the Tollway are opened and read aloud during public bid opening meetings, which also are broadcast live on the Tollway’s Web site. Following an agency review process, the lowest, responsible bid is presented to the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors for review and approval.

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