Believe it or Not, Good News About Illinois’ Roads!

Leslie Harris here, and I was not quite sure I was reading this correctly. IDOT, Also known as the Illinois Department of Transportation, has received two awards. Yes, AWARDS, from the Midwest Chapter of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, also known as AASHTO.

In Will County, the new diverging-diamond interchange at I-55 and Weber Road was honored in the technology and innovation category. Since the populations of Bolingbrook and Romeoville have exploded, so has the traffic. This project has not only made transit easier, but has also made it more safe.

And in Chicago, the Jane Byrne interchange won for the quality of life for transit, bike, pedestrian and other mobility improvements. That project was one of the biggest in the history of Illinois, and cost more than $800 million. There was also a large walkway along Peoria St. and an elevator for the CTA added, to help those with mobility issues.

These projects were highlighted because they will have a positive impact for many years.

Have you used one or both of these new configurations? Let us know in the comments what your thoughts are.