CASEYVILLE, Ill.- Gov. J.B. Pritzker was in the Metro East Thursday for several events, including announcing the early completion of the I-255 rehabilitation project.
According to IDOT and Pritzker, I-255, which was constructed in the 80s was the most complained about highway in the state.
“It’s investments like the rehabilitation of I-255 which sees about 55,000 vehicles a day that will extend our state’s leadership as a multi-motive transportation hub, improving local bridges and keeping our roadways safe and smooth.
I-255 has been closed since February for construction. The project was expected to take a year, but it will reopen to traffic late next week.
The overall project rehabilitated and resurfaced approximately 7 miles of I-255 from Collinsville Road to Illinois 15.
The north section between I-64 and Collinsville Road was closed in February and reopened in July. The south section between Illinois 15 and I-64 is due to open late next week, weather permitting.
IDOT officials said closing the interstate down completely saved $14 million on the project, the job can be done in less than a year instead of four years, and it’s safer.
Pritzker says this is what he calls a symbol of the rejuvenation of the state of Illinois.
“This highway saw $67 million worth of drainage upgrades, bridge repairs, resurfacing, and best of all we got the project done in record time. It months not years,” Pritzker said.
Illinois Representative Jay Hoffman said during the press conference that the saved money will go back into the Metro East region to create more jobs and economic development in the area.
The bill that made this improvement possible is the Capital Bill, but Hoffman said it’s more of a jobs bill because it has put over 100,000 people to work.
The bi-partisan Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan is the largest infrastructure investment in the state’s history and 2021 will include several more projects in the metro-east.