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Illinois lawmakers approved budget that could include $2.2 billion toward roadwork in the Southland


The plan includes dozens of other projects affecting the Southland. IDOT plans to spend $15 million within the next six years to resurface 8 miles of I-57 through Markham, Posen, Dixmoor, Riverdale, Blue Island and Calumet Park between the Tri-State Tollway and Halsted Street.

IDOT said it plans to spend $10.7 million in 2019 rehabbing the Western Avenue bridge over the Cal-Sag Channel in Blue Island.

Other projects in southern Cook County are bridge work on I-57 at Steger Road ($2.4 million), at Sauk Trail in Richton Park ($4.4 million), at 159th Street in Markham ($2.5 million), at 167th Street in Oak Forest ($4.5 million) and at 175th Street ($2.5 million) between Tinley Park and Country Club Hills…Please click here to read Ted Slowik’s story in the Tribune/Daily Southtown, or here for the FY 2019-2024 Proposed Highway Improvement Program plan.

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