(MCT) — Five construction contracts totaling nearly $124.5 million for rebuilding and widening the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (Interstate 90) were approved Thursday by the Illinois Tollway.
The contracts give the go-ahead for work to begin this year on the eastbound lanes of the Addams between Rockford and the Elgin Toll Plaza.
"We're trying to get out in front and keep everything moving on this (project)," tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur said.
The tollway board awarded two contracts totaling $56 million to Curran Contracting Co. of Crystal Lake, two contracts totaling $49.5 million to Plote Construction Inc. of Hoffman Estates and one contract for $18.9 million to F.H. Paschen/S.N. Nielsen & Associates Inc. of Chicago.
All were low bidders, tollway Chief Engineer Paul Kovacs said. There were anywhere from four to seven bidders for each project, and bids came in about $42 million below the tollway's estimates, he said.
Slated to be complete in 2016, I-90 will be widened to eight lanes from the Kennedy Expressway to Randall Road and six lanes from Randall Road to I-39, officials said.
The total estimated cost is $2.2 billion. To date, the tollway has approved more than $377 million in contracts with 29 construction and engineering firms, the agency said.
The contracts awarded Thursday also include $24 million worth of work to 27 subcontractors who are certified as disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned business enterprises, tollway officials said.