As part of the culmination of a two-year construction project, state and local officials marked the completion of I-80 improvements this week at the Pipe Fitters' Training Center Local Union 597 in Mokena.
Gov. Pat Quinn called the project vital to the south suburbs, according to a Sun-Times Media report.
“It connects one ocean to another,” Quinn said in the Sun-Times Media report. “It goes through the heartland of America, and Illinois is the heart of the heartland.”
The completion of the eight-mile, $26-million project, which ran from the U.S. Route 30 exit in New Lenox to the LaGrange Road exit in Orland Park, added a third lane in each direction, the report stated.
Although this week's ceremony marked the official end of the project, the construction was actually finished in September, the report added.
Now that the improvements are finished how have they affected your traveling? Are the lanes less congested during rush hour? Or are there still bottle necks because there are too many cars on the interstate?
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