The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors on April 26 approved the award of nine contracts worth nearly $172 million for design and construction management services, including contracts to begin preparing for the reconstruction and widening of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) and construction of the Elgin O’Hare West Bypass. These contracts will enable construction to begin on both of these major roadway projects as early as 2013. More than $360 million in construction and engineering contracts have been approved by the Tollway Board in 2012.
“The contracts approved by the Board today will allow the Tollway to begin design this spring, so we are prepared to move these projects to the construction phase,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur in a press release. “These projects are critical to the Tollway’s $12 billion Move Illinois Program and will play a major role in creating jobs, relieving congestion, improving air quality and stimulating our regional economy.”
Contracts awarded in April include $26.9 million for corridor management and $72.1 million for design services for the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), as well as $66.8 million for corridor management and design services for the Elgin O’Hare West Bypass. In addition, a construction management contract was awarded in the amount of $573,500 for the realignment of Dixie Creek as part of the Tri-State Tollway (I-294)/I-57 Interchange Project, and a $5 million contract was also approved for systemwide environmental services.
The contract awards include 9 prime consultants and 25 subcontractors with minority- and women-owned certification (MBE/WBE) and disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation commitments ranging from 20 percent to 83 percent per contract. Of the $171.4 million in awarded contracts, $39.4 million or more than 23 percent is committed to these firms.
Contracts awarded today include the following: