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Grundy County enters one of its busiest construction seasons on record – Shaw Local

Grundy County enters one of its busiest construction seasons on record – Shaw Local

Grundy County enters one of its busiest construction seasons on record – Shaw Local

Grundy County is entering one of its busiest construction seasons yet as the Illinois Department of Transportation announced major planned projects driven by the bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program.

Eighteen major projects represent a total investment of more than $103 million, improving safety and mobility while sustaining and creating good-paying jobs throughout the region, according to a Tuesday news release.

“Rebuild Illinois is revitalizing communities and neighborhoods by investing in projects and people in the Grundy County area and across the state,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Through the largest capital program in state history, IDOT will implement improvements to build a more resilient, accessible and equitable transportation system for future generations, while creating jobs and improving the local quality of life.”

Of the 18 major projects, one is already completed, three are underway and are expected to be completed in 2024, one is scheduled to begin this year, and four are scheduled to begin in 2025. The remaining nine are expected to begin between 2026 and 2030.

Here are the projects:

  • Minor surface correction and turn lane resurfacing on US 6 at Ashley Road in Morris. The project is expected to begin in 2024.
  • Replacement of the Brown Road Bridge over Interstate 80 is scheduled for fiscal year 2026-2030.
  • US Route 6 from Lakewood Drive to Illinois 47 in Morris includes reconstruction and construction of additional lanes. The project is scheduled for fiscal year 2026-2030.
  • Repaving of US 6 from Illinois 47 to Nigas Road is scheduled for fiscal year 2026-2030.
  • Repairs to the Illinois 47 bridge over Buchanan Street in Morris are scheduled for fiscal year 2026-2030.
  • Repairs to the Illinois 47 Morris Bridge over the CSX Railroad are scheduled for fiscal years 2026-2030.
  • Replacement of the I-80 bridge on the Canadian National Railroad east of Ridge Road in Minooka is expected to begin in 2025.
  • Repairs to the Wabena Avenue Bridge over I-80 and installation of a bridge deck overlay are expected to begin in 2025.
  • Replacement of the US 6 bridge over Aux Sable Creek is scheduled for fiscal year 2026-2030.
  • Reconstruction of the intersection of Illinois 47 (north) and US 6 (east) in Morris is scheduled for fiscal year 2026-2030.
  • Repair of the I-80 ramp at the Illinois 47 interchange in Morris was completed in late May.
  • The Illinois 17 bridge replacement over I-55 in Dwight is scheduled for completion in late 2024. There will be periodic lane closures during construction.
  • Resurfacing and repair work is underway on the I-55 bridge from Illinois 47 to Gardner. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction during the project, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
  • Repairs to Municipal Road 155 over the I-55 bridge and the installation of an overlay on the bridge deck are underway and will be completed this fall.
  • Repairs to Municipal Road 110 over the I-55 bridge and installation of a bridge deck overlay are scheduled for fiscal year 2026-2030.
  • Replacement of the Illinois 17 bridge over Reddick Run Creek is scheduled for fiscal year 2026-2030.
  • Repaving of Illinois Highway 53 from I-55 to the Will County line is scheduled for fiscal year 2026-2030.
  • Repaving of the former Illinois 129 from Illinois 53 to Carbon Hill Road is expected to begin in 2025.

“Grundy County will continue to thrive with these critical infrastructure improvements,” said Grundy County Chairman Chris Balkema. “Thanks to Governor Pritzker and his administration, we will create jobs and invest in our community over the next six years, all while building a safer, more resilient and more modern transportation system for our residents.”