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Tollway Awards Nearly $1B in Construction Work in 2017

The work, which has been awarded to 78 different contractors, is part of the 15-year, $14 billion Move Illinois capital program.

Tue December 26, 2017 - National Edition
The Associated Press


Tollway Executive Director Greg Bedalov said the investment improves travel but added that it means
Tollway Executive Director Greg Bedalov said the investment improves travel but added that it means "we are a driving force for increasing economic development opportunities in the diverse communities we serve."

Directors of Illinois' toll highways have approved five more construction contracts totaling $20 million.

The Illinois Tollway board of directors' action Dec. 21 brings the year's total to nearly $1 billion in construction and engineering contracts. The work has been awarded to 78 different contractors.

It's part of the 15-year, $14 billion Move Illinois capital program.

Tollway Executive Director Greg Bedalov said the investment improves travel but added that it means "we are a driving force for increasing economic development opportunities in the diverse communities we serve."

During the capital program's first six years, the Illinois Tollway has obligated more than $5 billion. Officials say $1.5 billion of that has been committed to small, diverse and veteran-owned firms. They say the work has created and retained more than 56,000 jobs.