Illinois I-55 project named as finalist in national transportation contest
The Interstate 55-Lake Shore Drive interchange reconstruction project has been named as a finalist in the American Transportation Awards contest.
If the project receives the most votes, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will donate the $10,000 award to the local Special Olympics.
“We are proud to be recognized for the hard work we do every day for the people of Illinois and excited to have the opportunity to give back to a great local organization,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn said in a statement.
The department has promoted the project team as creating a critical piece of infrastructure as well as implementing an innovative technique during construction that used a temporary bridge to manage traffic. This method has been praised as saving drivers hours on the road and allowing them to bypass extended closures or detours.
The project cost $135 million and was completed in 2017.
Visit the American Transportation website to vote for the project. The competition ends Sept. 22.