ORLAND PARK, IL – Senator Bill Cunningham announced that the Illinois Department of Transportation will modernize six miles of Harlem Avenue this year. The project will cost more than $ 7 million and will include restoring and improving access for people with disabilities, according to a press release from Cunningham’s office.
“Harlem Avenue is a major road that connects the southwest suburbs,” said Cunningham. “The route improvements are a busy business corridor, so we need to keep it in good condition.”
According to the publication, the upgrades start south of 62nd Street in Chicago and end on 111th Street in Worth. In addition to restoring, the repairs include better lane markings and subdivisions, and making road junctions safer and easier for wheelchair users or those with reduced mobility.
“Our state highways and bridges are the arteries,” said Cunningham. “If we keep them in good shape, we will support all of our communities and get people to work in well-paying construction jobs.”
The Harlem upgrades are part of IDOT’s multi-year plan to maintain and expand Illinois’ transportation infrastructure, the press release said.
According to Cunningham’s office, further projects are planned in the region for the coming year:
– Acquisition of land to combat chronic flooding on the Southwest Highway in Palos Park
– Repair of the bridge when Calumet Sag Road crosses US 45
– Repairs on Central Ave. in Alsip, Chicago and Oak Lawn
– Improvements to Kean Rd. In Palos Park
Overall, the area that Cunningham represents expects to see upgrades totaling more than $ 11 million, according to the release.