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Illinois Tollway Announces $1.4 Billion of Work in 2014

On March 21, Local 150 President-Business Manager James Sweeney joined Governor Pat Quinn, Tollway Executive Director Kristy Lafleur, and other industry representatives to announce the Tollway’s $1.4 billion capital plan for 2014. The plan includes funding for improvements as well as new construction across the system.

This year, which will be the most robust construction year in the Tollway’s history, will see the continuation of the Interstate 90 reconstruction ($729 million this year) as well as the start of the Elgin-O’Hare Western Access project ($282 million). More than $85 million will be committed to completing the first phase of the I-57/I-294 Interchange, and nearly $300 million will go to general improvements across the system.
More than 400 Local 150 members attended public hearings supporting the Tollways’ “Move Illinois” capital plan in 2011, and since the program was implemented, it has created nearly 10,000 jobs. The program will continue until 2022.
“The Illinois Tollway is making the type of investments that have to be made to sustain our vital infrastructure,” Sweeney said at the announcement. “Funding for public roads has dwindled down as fuel efficiency and the use of  alternative fuels have increased. We need to work on a solid funding source that will enable our state to stop paving over old roads and start rebuilding them.”

 
Sweeney was first appointed to the Tollway’s Board of Directors in 2011 and also serves on its Strategic Advisory Team.


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