Illinois Tollway schedules open house for opportunities on $719 Tri-State Tollway project

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The Illinois Tollway will host an open house meeting next week to share information about 2019 construction and workforce training opportunities as part of the $719 million Tri-State Tollway (I-294)/I-57 Interchange Project.

The open house meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the South Suburban Cook County American Job Center in the offices of the Illinois Department of Employment Security, 16845 S. Halsted Street, in Harvey.

“We want to make sure that customers, residents, businesses and communities are prepared for construction to resume as we work to complete this significant interchange project,” Illinois Tollway Executive Director José Alvarez said in a statement. “Building the new ramps will increase access and provide job opportunities for the Chicago Southland communities.”

The Illinois Tollway is advancing work to complete the interchange connecting I-294 to I-57. This final stage of work now scheduled for 2019-2022 will build ramps providing access to and from Chicago, improving regional mobility that began with the completion of ramps providing access to and from Champaign in 2014.

To complete the I-294/I-57 Interchange, four new ramps will be built connecting southbound I-57 to I-294 and 294 to northbound I-57. As part of this work, a new I-57 median will be constructed and the I-57 mainline will be widened. Work will also include excavation, drainage improvements, erosion control and new landscaping, as well as retaining wall, noise wall and bridge construction.

In addition, the contract for 2019 work scheduled to begin late spring/early summer, the project will also include three additional contracts in 2020-2022. All contracts include opportunities for participation the Illinois Tollway’s ConstructionWorks Program designed to link job seekers with opportunities for rewarding careers in Illinois’ high-demand transportation related construction industry.

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