See the press release below and attached from state Rep. Bob Rita from today’s media event with the governor and other officials providing an update on the Interstate 57-294 project in the south suburbs. Let me know if you need anything more on this.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rep. Rita Joins Officials to Offer Update on I-57/294 Interchange
Major Construction Project Should Bring Real Economic Opportunity to Southland, Illinois
Date: Sept. 5, 2013 Contact: Ryan Keith, 217-737-7369
BLUE ISLAND – State Rep. Bob Rita today joined with Gov. Quinn and other area state and local officials to offer an update on the Interstate 57/294 interchange, a key piece of economic revitalization in the south suburbs.
The Illinois Toll Highway Authority and Illinois Department of Transportation are working in earnest on the primary interchange connections between I-294 (the Tri-State Tollway) and I-57, along with realigning a part of Dixie Creek. That first phase will be completed by the end of 2014. The project is part of the Tollway’s $12 billion capital program and when it’s done will have pumped more than $700 million into the local economy.
Rita and the other officials outlined the reasons why the interchange is so important to the region at a Thursday morning news conference:
· A $700 million shot in the arm for the Southland economy
· As many as 4,000 construction jobs and another 2,000 permanent jobs after the interchange is built
· Real time and fuel savings for commuters
· Better local access and more employment opportunities for minority contractors and workers
Rita, who has served as chairman of the Illinois House Tollway Oversight Committee for several years as the project has progressed, said the encouraging development should bring hope to the area.
“We see around us too often the signs of struggle and frustration. Yet I really believe this project can help turn that around,” Rita said. “The interchange will bring jobs and economic hope to our area, and as we’ve seen with other tollway projects, the promise of a better tomorrow. We should all be excited for what’s to come with this interchange and the benefits that will follow.”