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Rebuilding Illinois Continues With New Projects for 2023

Tue March 28, 2023 - Midwest Edition #7
Illinois Department of Transportation


Work is moving forward on the $167 million eastbound McClugage Bridge replacement in Peoria, highlighted by a 650-ft.-long, 130-ft.-tall arch that will be moved by crane into its final position next summer. This bridge is anticipated to open in early 2024.
(Illinois DOT photo)
Work is moving forward on the $167 million eastbound McClugage Bridge replacement in Peoria, highlighted by a 650-ft.-long, 130-ft.-tall arch that will be moved by crane into its final position next summer. This bridge is anticipated to open in early 2024. (Illinois DOT photo)
Work is moving forward on the $167 million eastbound McClugage Bridge replacement in Peoria, highlighted by a 650-ft.-long, 130-ft.-tall arch that will be moved by crane into its final position next summer. This bridge is anticipated to open in early 2024.
(Illinois DOT photo) Crews place beams on I-80 in Will County (looking west).
(Illinois DOT photo) Federal approval was received in 2022 on another major piece of Rebuild Illinois: the $1.2 billion reconstruction of 16 mi. of Interstate 80 in Will County.(Illinois DOT photo) A new Interstate 57/74 interchange is taking shape in Champaign-Urbana as the $216.8 million Rebuild Illinois cornerstone focuses on building two flyover bridges central to the project.
(Illinois DOT photo)

The past year marked the completion of the third full year of Gov. Pritzker's Rebuild Illinois, the historic, bipartisan capital program that is investing $44.8 billion into the state's aging infrastructure over six years, with $33.2 billion identified for transportation. Rebuild Illinois is not only the largest capital program in state history but the first that touches all modes of Illinois transportation: roads and bridges, transit, waterways, freight and passenger rail, aviation, and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

As of Sept. 30, Rebuild Illinois has made $9.6 billion in improvements statewide on 4,546 mi. of highway, 422 bridges and 645 additional safety improvements, ranging from routine maintenance projects to extensive interstate and bridge reconstructions.

Highways, Bridges

One of the biggest, most complex projects in state history was declared substantially complete when all lanes and ramps on the new, improved Jane Byrne Interchange opened. The $806 million project revamped the junction of Interstate 90/94, Interstate 290 and Ida B. Wells Drive in Chicago with several capacity and safety improvements, as well as enhanced access to bike, pedestrian and transit options.

A new Interstate 57/74 interchange is taking shape in Champaign-Urbana as the $216.8 million Rebuild Illinois cornerstone focuses on building two flyover bridges central to the project. With anticipated completion in 2025, the updates will modernize an outdated cloverleaf interchange, while improving safety and mobility at a major freight juncture.

Work is moving forward on the $167 million eastbound McClugage Bridge replacement in Peoria, highlighted by a 650-ft.-long, 130-ft.-tall arch that will be moved by crane into its final position next summer. This bridge is anticipated to open in early 2024.

Federal approval was received in 2022 on another major piece of Rebuild Illinois: the $1.2 billion reconstruction of 16 mi. of Interstate 80 in Will County. While the replacement of bridges east of the Des Plaines River continues, the section from Ridge Road to the DuPage River will be under construction in 2023.

Also in Will County, the state's fourth diverging-diamond interchange opened at Weber Road and Interstate 55 in November. By routing vehicles to the opposite side of Weber Road and eliminating left turns across traffic, the design helps decrease crashes and improve pedestrian and bicycle access across I-55.

A major investment in I-57 unfolded this construction season, as 38 mi. of roads and bridges in Cook, Will, Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford counties were improved. In southern Illinois, work included replacing bridges in Jefferson County and adding lanes in Franklin County. The total combined cost is $477.2 million, with the ongoing effort to make I-57 six lanes from I-24 south of Marion to Mt. Vernon a focal point.

The resurfacing of the entire length of I-24 in Illinois passed a milestone with the completion of a $28 million pavement patching, resurfacing and bridge repair on the two miles approaching the Ohio River this fall.

State of Rail

In October, Pritzker broke ground on the Forest Hill Flyover and 71st Street grade separation, part of the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project to help eliminate the most congested rail bottleneck in the Chicago area — the largest piece of the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program.

Another CREATE project advanced in 2022 with IDOT receiving a $70 million federal grant for the Ogden Junction. The project will rehabilitate, replace, remove and upgrade nearly 2 mi. of track, signaling and viaduct structures, as well as build 10,000 ft. of new track.

In the Metro East, a $10.1 million project to modernize rail operations, improve safety and enhance the mobility of goods, people and services was declared finished in October with the replacement of the Lenox Tower. The project, a joint federal and state effort with several railroads, reconfigured an outdated network of tracks and signals while modernizing operations.

The past year saw a new schedule implemented for Amtrak Lincoln Service trains, reflecting 90 mph speeds as a result of improvements made along the Chicago-St. Louis corridor. Work continues toward the ultimate goal of increasing speeds to 110 mph in 2023. New Siemens Venture passenger rail cars entered service in early 2022 in Illinois and other Midwest states, with continued delivery and rollout of more Venture cars to follow in 2023.

Multimodalism at Work

Downstate transit providers were awarded nearly $111 million through a competitive application process via Rebuild Illinois to build bus shelters, stations and maintenance facilities that will expand and improve service, provide more transportation options in communities and enhance quality of life.

All told, Rebuild Illinois provides $4.5 billion to improve transit service throughout Illinois, the most spent on transit in any state capital program since 1968.

Plans to establish a new inland port in Cairo were furthered with the release of $3.4 million through Rebuild Illinois, part of a more than $40 million commitment to the Alexander Cairo Port District to help complete environmental requirements and studies for the project, one of the largest investments in southern Illinois in decades.

In addition, $108 million through the capital program was invested in 12 public ports for projects that advance the Illinois Marine Transportation System Plan, which prioritizes asset management performance-based decisions and improvements that benefit disadvantaged or economically distressed areas.

Onward, Upward

In August, IDOT released the Illinois Aviation System Plan, identifying short- and long-term needs and goals of the state's airports, marking the first comprehensive study of its kind in more than 25 years. Using IDOT's Long-Range Transportation Plan as a guide, the Illinois Aviation System Plan analyzed 85 public-use airport facilities, looking at ways to support the local economy, improve quality of life and boost mobility.

In November, IDOT celebrated the opening of a new air traffic control tower at Lewis University Airport, an $8 million project supported by $6 million from Rebuild Illinois.

Innovative Initiatives

Thirteen of 34 projects in the multiyear program were prioritized using Data-Driven Decisions, a tool that determines investment programming choices for projects that add capacity. The tool will enhance transparency and equity in the project-selection process.

Pritzker in June signed into law the implementation of design-build project delivery, an efficient, alternative method for completing infrastructure improvements. The Innovations for Transportation Infrastructure Act authorizes IDOT to consider utilizing the design-build delivery method on highway projects that meet certain conditions.

In the fall, IDOT received federal approval for a statewide Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan, which identifies charging gaps along the highway system as well as in rural areas, cities, towns and neighborhoods. A total of $148 million in federal funding over the next five years will help build out a network of public EV charging stations across the state.

Recognition

The I-74 bridge over the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities received several honors after opening a year ago. It was named a Top 12 finalist in the America's Transportation Awards for Project of the Year from the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The department received the American Council of Engineering Companies and the National Society of Professional Engineers 2022 Qualifications-Based Selection Award for the state or local government sector. The award recognizes organizations that promote and make exemplary use of QBS methods to procure the professional services of consulting engineers at the federal, state or local level.

Region 1 Engineer Jose Rios received the WTS Recognition Honorable Ray LaHood Award from Women's Transportation Seminar International for his efforts to promote the advancement of women and minorities and help elevate the reputation of professionals in the transportation industry.




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