HOMER GLEN – Governor Pat Quinn today announced capital investments of more than $6.6 million for road construction projects in Will County. The projects are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.
“These construction projects will improve Route 53 in Romeoville and upgrade traffic signals in various parts of Will County,” Governor Quinn said. “They will also employ a number of construction workers, which will help the local economy.”
The Illinois Department of Transportation will manage the projects.
The intersection of 143rd Street and Lemont Road in Homer Glen will be widened and reconstructed for $2,354,625 by P.T. Ferro Construction Co. of Joliet, the lowest of six bidders. The work will include new pavement, storm sewer, curb and gutter, traffic signals and roadway lighting.
Illinois Route 53 at the intersection of Material Road in Romeoville will be widened to accommodate turn lanes. Material Road will be realigned, and new traffic signals will be installed at the intersection as well. P.T. Ferro Construction Co. of Joliet was the lowest of three bidders for the work at $1,817,446.
Manhattan-Monee Road will be resurfaced for a little over four miles from Schoolhouse Road to Center Road in Manhattan and Green Garden Townships. Iroquois Paving Corporation of Watseka was the lowest of five bidders for the work at $1,829,188.
Light emitting diode (LED) traffic lights will be installed at various locations in Bolingbrook, Joliet and other parts of Will County for $746,522 by H & H Electric Co. of Franklin Park, the lowest of three bidders.
“As our area continues to grow and prosper, we welcome the improvements to meet the needs generated by the developments,” State Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) said. “Not only will the construction and maintenance increase road safety and ease of travel for commuters and area residents, these projects will create good-paying jobs in the region.”
“I am pleased these much needed projects in our district are being funded,” State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) said. “These projects will ease traffic, increase safety and come with well-paying construction jobs which are a great benefit for our region.”
These projects are part of Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years. Illinois Jobs Now! is the largest capital construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest capital construction programs in the nation.