Illinois Tollway joins other major transportation agencies in outlining plans for 2023 construction

Illinois Tollway joins other major transportation agencies in outlining plans for 2023 construction

The regional transportation network in Northern Illinois is continuously growing, improving and evolving to meet the current and future needs of the traveling public. 

So, having leadership from the Illinois Tollway and other major transportation agencies gathered together in one place is a great opportunity for transportation industry professionals to learn about what’s coming up and gain perspective on how all the upcoming improvements fit together. 

“We will continue to look to many of you here today to help us keep these major projects moving forward,” Illinois Tollway Executive Director Cassaundra Rouse told the group of more than 340 transportation professionals at the annual Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association (IRTBA) State of the Industry membership meeting on October 27. 

The IRTBA State of the Industry meeting is one of the rare opportunities for regional transportation and transit agencies to come together and share their plans for the coming year with representatives of construction and professional engineering services firms from throughout Illinois. It helps broaden the industry’s perspectives on the scale and scope of work on the horizon, providing insights on how projects by different agencies may fit together and the potential impact on market conditions depending on the amount of work available. 

Rouse provided a preview of planned work in 2023, the 12th year of the Tollway’s 15-year, $14 billion Move Illinois Program. She highlighted ongoing work on the Tollway’s two biggest project – the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) and I-490 Tollway projects – as well as contract opportunities available for firms to participate on those two big project, as well as systemwide projects. For 2023, the Tollway currently anticipates advertising nearly $160 million in construction contracts and approximately $57 million in professional engineering services contracts. 

The second of the two IRTBA State of the Industry meetings, the October 27 meeting also included presentations on 2023 projects and contract opportunities by leaders from the Illinois Department of Transportation, Chicago Department of Transportation, Chicago Transit Authority and the Lake, Kane and Will country transportation departments. The first meeting was held September 28 and featured leaders from IDOT, the Chicago Department of Aviation, Metra and the Cook, DuPage and McHenry departments of transportation. 

IRTBA makes all the State of the Industry presentations available to its members here on its website.