Illinois Tollway BOD approves $29 million in contracts

The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors has approved the award of two construction contracts worth $29 million for shoulder widening and advance work to prepare for the rebuilding and widening of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) scheduled to begin in 2013. More than $389 million in construction and engineering contracts have been approved by the Tollway Board in 2012.

“After years of repeatedly patching and repaving, we’re finally preparing to begin the long-term improvements needed to address the needs of the I-90 Corridor,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur. “Rebuilding and widening I-90 from O’Hare Airport to Rockford is a critical component of the Tollway’s $12 billion Move Illinois Program and will improve travel and offer economic benefits for the region.”

The May contract awards include two prime contractors and 11 subcontractors with minority- and women-owned certification (MBE/WBE) and disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation commitments ranging from 18 percent to 18.15 percent per contract. Of the $29 million in awarded contracts, $5.2 million or more than 18 percent is committed to these firms.

Contracts awarded today include the following:

. One $17.6 million construction contract award to Curran Contracting Company for shoulder widening on I-90 between Mosquito Creek and Sandwald Road.

. One $11.4 million construction contract award to the tri-venture of William Charles Construction Company LLC, Plote Construction Inc. and Rock Road Companies for shoulder widening on I-90 between the Kishwaukee River and Mosquito Creek.

The Illinois Tollway provides detailed information about current Tollway construction contracts through the Construction Contract Tracker on the Tollway’s website at and also hosts live webcasts of all construction contract bid openings.

Contractors and consultants can also access resources online to help them learn about how to do business with the Tollway, including construction and engineering letting and bidding schedules, professional service bulletins, manuals and construction bid calendars. These resources can be found in the “Doing Business” section of the Tollway’s website.