Governor Pritzker announced a six-year, $1.2 billion restoration project for I-80 in Will, Grundy and Kendall counties on Monday, in an effort to repair infrastructure that is more than 50 years old.
The area for which the project is slated for replaces old infrastructure that currently sees approximately 80,000 drivers each day.
The project will include the redesign of auxiliary lanes and interchanges to reduce congestion along 16 miles of the highway, along with the rehabilitation of 30 bridges along the roadway.
To help reduce the impact of families near the highway, the project will also feature eight miles of noise walls, with new pedestrian and bike lanes as well to help keep communities connected.
For some nearby New Lenox residents, news of more construction is not welcome.
“Our understanding was when this started, it was supposed to be a two-year project. We’re at the end of the two and now we’re talking about another six. It’s a little disappointing to hear,” resident Anthony Marcello said.
Work began on I-80 during this past summer, with the project slated to be finished in 2027.