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August 2020

Illinois Tollway selects Walsh Construction to reconstruct southbound portion of Mile Long Bridge

Walsh Construction has been awarded a $182.6 million contract by the Illinois Tollway to reconstruct the southbound portion of the Mile Long Bridge Project on the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294). The contract, which includes $34.7 million going to diverse and veteran-owned firms, will provide for construction of a new southbound bridge structure and removal of two existing structures.

The southbound Mile Long Bridge construction contract approved by the Tollway Board is the second of two construction contracts for work to remove and rebuild the twin bridge structures carrying northbound and southbound traffic as part of the $4 billion Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project.

(Image credit: Illinois Tollway)

Originally constructed in 1958, the Mile Long Bridge is a critical piece of infrastructure to I-294 as it carries drivers over two major railroads, three water resources and local roads, and over a major distribution center for UPS and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway. Up to 150,000 vehicles travel on the Mile Long Bridge daily. Construction of the new bridge structures is scheduled for 2019 to 2023 and is maintaining access for customers with four lanes in each direction throughout the project.

Click here to read the full release from the Illinois Tollway.



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