Governor Pat Quinn announced on Sept. 4 over $16.3 million of capital investments for construction projects in Cook and DuPage Counties. The projects serve the dual purposes of improving the state’s infrastructure creating jobs under the “Illinois Jobs Now!” construction program.
“These investments in Cook and DuPage Counties are putting people to work, creating jobs that will help drive the local economy,” said Governor Quinn. “They are also helping to repair and maintain Illinois’ infrastructure to improve safety and efficiency throughout the region.”
Chicago-based Broadway Electric Inc. has received a $3.96 million contract to replace electrical substations, switch gear and wiring and upgrade emergency backup systems at the Chicago State University campus. Chicago Heights Construction Company will do the general construction work there for $251,060.
Hoffman Estates-based Plote Construction Inc. has won resurfacing contracts of more than $3.19 million for Barrington Rd. and more than $1.08 million for milling and resurfacing, patching, and curb, gutter, median and sidewalk repair on Route 58.
Thornton-based Gallagher Asphalt Corp. will resurface Illinois Route 1 within Chicago Heights and Glenwood for over $2.37 million and on Atlantic Ave. for $975,871.
K-Five Construction Corporation of Lemont has also won projects to patch, resurface and mark thermoplastic pavement on Randolph St. in Forest Park and to do resurfacing work in Maywood for more than $1.4 million in total.
Other projects awarded include $347,698 for curb and gutter repair in various locations around Midway Airport by Davis Concrete Construction Company of Alsip; drainage improvement on Illinois Route 43 by D. E. Thompson Excavating Company of Minooka for $328,754; and traffic signal installation, replacement of sidewalk, curb and gutter, speed notification signage and pavement markings at the Lyons Township High School south entrance on Willow Springs Rd. by Home Towne Electric, Inc. of Lake Villa for $343,842.
Coal City-based D Construction will work on similar projects on Charlemagne Ave. and on various roads in Chicago Ridge under $181,751 and $477,704 contracts respectively. Schaumburg-based A Lamp Concrete Contractors Inc. has won a contract of more than $1.06 million for sidewalks, signage, ADA ramp improvements, landscaping and pavement markings along the Skokie Valley Trail Corridor from Oakton St. to Lincoln Ave. A $354,860 landscaping and tree planting contract on Mannheim Rd. in Hillside has gone to Morris-based Nettle Creek Nursery Inc.
In DuPage County for $393,690, Landmark Contractors Inc. of Huntley will replace curb, gutter and sidewalk, install signage and beacons, restore parkway and mark pavement in various intersections throughout Wood Dale.
Most of the projects will be managed by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The projects are expected to employ more than 439,000 people over six years.
“Illinois Jobs Now!” is the largest construction program in Illinois’ history, and is one of the largest construction programs in U.S.