After the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning approved adding the massive Circle Interchange renovation project to its 40 year plan March 14, Governor Pat Quinn immediately directed the Illinois Department of Transportation to accelerate the $420 million project.

“Strengthening our transportation system drives economic growth for generations to come while creating thousands of jobs today,” Governor Quinn said. “Reconstructing the Circle Interchange will ease congestion, move people and freight more efficiently, and clean up the environment by reducing emissions from idling vehicles.”

Based on engineering concerns over safety, infrastructure condition and congestion, Governor Quinn last April directed IDOT to begin planning work for this estimated $420 million project. The planning work began in spring 2012 and is proceeding on an accelerated schedule. Extensive stakeholder outreach has been a focal point of a comprehensive planning process, which is expected to be completed in spring 2013.

It is unclear exactly how much land will be needed to complete this project, but early estimates predict quite a bit will be necessary.

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