State completes nearly 750 transportation projects in 2017
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) said nearly 750 transportation projects, ranging from road resurfacing to bridge construction, were completed in the state in 2017.
“The work IDOT did in 2017 will make a positive impact for generations to come,” IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn said in a release. “We look forward to more hard work to meet the public's goals and expectations for us in 2018 and beyond.”
Major transportation projects completed in the past year included the reconstruction of the Interstate 55-Lake Shore Drive interchange in Chicago, the Interstate 74 bridge over the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities, the U.S. 52-Illinois 64 bridge over the Mississippi River near Savanna and the opening of new commuter rail stations in Pontiac, Lincoln, Alton and Carlinville on the Chicago-St. Louis rail line, the release said
“With the third-largest highway system and one of the busiest rail networks in the country, Illinois' transportation system gives us a true competitive edge,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said in the release. “It is vital that we continue to support the important work IDOT does on behalf of the traveling public and the businesses that rely on our roads, transit, rail lines, airports and waterways to move people and goods throughout Illinois.”