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Gov. Quinn announces $38.4 million for road work near Morris

Published: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

MORRIS – More than $38.4 million is being invested for the widening of Route 47 project near Morris that is planned to begin in the spring.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thrusday a capital investment of more than $38.4 million for the road widening and bridge replacement as part of his Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, according to a news release from Quinn.

“Our investment will expand and improve a key stretch of Route 47 to accommodate increased traffic and help it continue to serve the region’s transportation needs for years to come,” Quinn said in the news release. “The project will also employ a number of construction workers, which will help the local economy.”

Route 47 will be reconstructed with two northbound and two southbound lanes from north of Interstate 80 in Morris to north of Sherrill Road. The work also will involve the replacement of bridges carrying the highway over Saratoga and Valley Run creeks.

The work will be done by D Construction of Coal City for $38,427,378. D Construction was the lowest of three bidders. The project will be overseen by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Nearly four and a half miles will be included in the improvements. Only one mile of the project falls within Morris’s city corporate limits.

“Improving and sustaining our infrastructure is important to our community and our state,” Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, said in the release. “It will boost local economic activity and provide for an improvement that has been needed due to the increased traffic around this area. Once completed, Route 47 will be able to accommodate the region’s transportation activity in a much safer and efficient way thanks to this project.”

The project is expected to begin in the spring and take about two years, said Morris Mayor Richard Kopczick. It is a state and federally funded project, but the city will contribute about $857,000 toward affiliated work with the project, such as moving telephone lines, gas and sewer mains. The city’s contribution is an estimate from before the bid approved by IDOT.

A new traffic signal at Route 47 and Prologis Parkway is included in this as well as the addition of roadway lights, Kopczick said.

“Once completed, this project will bring much needed traffic relief for our area,” state Rep. John Anthony, R-Plainfield, said in the release. “Anyone who travels on Route 47 knows that this widening is long overdue. As a bonus, the work for this project will be done by D Construction, ensuring that the money allocated for the road work will be kept here and help the local economy.”

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