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The Illinois Department of Transportation (Department) let two projects to reconstruct US Route 6 / Illinois Route 7 (159th Street) from Interstate 355 to US Route 45 in Will and Cook Counties in January, 2015. 159th Street needs to be updated to respond to the increased travel demands that development and growth have placed on this aged pavement. The project is located within the Villages of Homer Glen and Orland Park, Homer Township and Orland Township, and the City of Lockport in Cook and Will Counties. Upon completion, the project will provide a number of improvements for the roadway users, as it will: increase roadway and intersection capacity, correct geometric deficiencies, replace deficient bridge structures and ultimately improve safety and mobility.
Note: IDOT projects typically have three distinct phases. Phase I (or the project Study) consists of developing the project scope, environmental studies and preliminary design of a project. Phase II (Design) consists of refining the design to develop contract plans and land acquisition. Phase III (Construction) consists of the actual construction of the project.
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Construction tentatively is scheduled to begin in Spring 2015 and to be completed by Fall of 2017.
The project has been coordinated with the Villages of Homer Glen and Orland Park as well as Cook and Will counties. It has also been coordinated with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Homer & Orland Townships, the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago.
As the 159th Street Construction project website progresses, IDOT will periodically update this website to assure that the motorists of Illinois are kept informed of project developments, public involvement opportunities, and construction related activities.
If you have questions about the project, please fill out the Feedback form or contact us at:
Illinois Department of Transportation
Office of Communications
201 West Center Court
Schaumburg, IL 60196
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