Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives, Inc., a leading infrastructure construction company with renewable energy and specialty civil expertise, announced that the Company was awarded a $126 million construction contract from the Illinois Department of Transportation (“IDOT”). Work under the contract will be performed by IEA's William Charles Construction and White Construction subsidiaries.
The contract is for the reconstruction of the I-57 and I-74 interchange and replacement of the existing, full cloverleaf interchange with a semi-directional interchange composed of two directional flyovers, two loop ramps and two outer ramps in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Work on the project is expected to begin in August 2021 and to be completed in November 2023. The proposed improvements include pavement and shoulder milling and resurfacing, ramp reconfiguration and pavement, construction of six new ramps and six new bridges as well as drainage and safety improvements among other items required to complete the planned improvements.
This project is part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program under which the state will be investing $33.2 billion into Illinois’ transportation system over a six-year period to improve safety, create jobs and promote economic growth. Under the plan, nearly 2,800 miles of Illinois roads and 7.9 million square feet of state bridges will be revamped or reconstructed. The I-57/I-74 interchange reconstruction is one of the largest investments being made into Central Illinois under the Rebuild Illinois program and will remake a critical freight juncture that serves nearly 40,000 passenger vehicles and more than 8,000 trucks a day.
“IEA is proud to support IDOT and the state of Illinois in their efforts to enhance transportation infrastructure in the Champaign-Urbana area,” said Brian Hummer, IEA’s Executive Vice President. “We look forward to working with the state government to help improve traffic flow and safety for Central Illinois.”