Illinois begins $216.8m Interstate 57/74 interchange construction project

WCN Editorial Team 24 Aug 2021 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The Government of Illinois in the US has started a $216.8m project that involves construction of a new Interstate 57/74 interchange.

The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and Illinois Department of Transportation officials.

The project will rebuild the original interchange, which was constructed in 1965, to improve safety, mobility and provide better access.

The new design includes two flyover ramps- Eastbound I-74 to northbound I-57 and westbound I-74 to southbound I-57, to improve traffic flow.

A third, auxiliary lane on both directions of I-74 between Prospect and Duncan Road will also be constructed.

Once complete in 2025, the new I-57/74 interchange will eliminate merging, weaving and slow speeds of the existing structure.

Illinois Transportation secretary Omer Osman said: “The I-57/74 interchange is one of the most significant freight and travel hubs in the entire country, but long overdue for replacement.

“As always, when driving through or approaching any work zone, please be patient, slow down, put down the devices to give the road your undivided attention and pardon our dust while we rebuild Illinois.”

The project will also create thousands of jobs during the construction phase as well as permanent jobs.

Illinois State Representative Carol Ammons said: “The rebuilding of Interstate 57/74 is a long-time goal of our region. The safety of our residents and travellers through our state is paramount.

“Not only will this project improve transportation, but this is a great opportunity to grow our economy by building our workforce and keeping people in our state and community working.”

I-57 and I-74 act as gateways to the University of Illinois and manufacturing, logistics, healthcare and agricultural industries. Each serve nearly 35,000 vehicles per day in Champaign-Urbana.

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Construction begins on $216.8m Interstate 57/74 interchange reconstruction project. Credit: Ahmad Ardity from Pixabay.

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