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TMCNet:  Illinois Tollway Awards Nearly $63 Million in Construction Contracts in August

[August 29, 2014]

Illinois Tollway Awards Nearly $63 Million in Construction Contracts in August

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Aug. 28 -- The Illinois Tollway issued the following news release: The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors today approved three new construction contracts totaling $62.7 million as part of its 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. More than $814 million in construction and engineering contracts have been approved by the Tollway Board so far in 2014, As of August, more than $2.5 billion in construction and engineering contracts have been approved by the Tollway Board since the Move Illinois Program began in 2012. In addition, the capital program has created or sustained an estimated 15,410 total jobs as of July 2014.


"Our goal has been to ensure that firms of all sizes have the opportunity to benefit from the Tollway's capital program," said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur. "We are pleased to report that we currently have more than 580 firms working on Move Illinois, with nearly 245 of them working with the Tollway for the first time." The three new contracts approved today include 11 subcontractors that are certified as disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned business enterprises (D/M/WBE). Commitments for D/M/WBE participation range from 10 to 19 percent per contract. Of the $62.7 million in awarded contracts, nearly $7.3 million, or 12 percent, is committed to these small and disadvantaged firms.

Construction contracts awarded today include: * $54.8 million contract to Benchmark Construction Co. Inc., Bartlett, IL, for water main relocation on I-90 between Elmhurst Road and Barrington Road.

* $4.3 million contract to Martam Construction Inc., Elgin, IL, for drainage work on Illinois Route 390 east of Illinois Route 83 for the Elgin O'Hare Western Access Project.

* $3.5 million contract to GFS Construction LLC, Huntley, IL, for signage improvements on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294/I-80) between Illinois Route 394/I-94 and the Hinsdale Oasis.

Construction and utility contracts for Illinois Tollway projects are competitively bid under the rules of the Illinois Procurement Code. As part of the process, contractors' bid submissions for construction work advertised by the Tollway are opened and read aloud during public bid opening meetings, which are also broadcast live on the Tollway's website. Following an agency review process, the lowest, responsible and responsive bid is presented to the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors for review and approval.

The Illinois Tollway provides detailed information about current Tollway construction contracts through the Construction Contract Tracker on the Tollway's website at www.illinoistollway.com. Contractors and consultants can also access resources online to help them learn about how to do business with the Tollway, including construction bid-letting schedules, professional service bulletins, manuals and construction bid calendars. These resources can be found in the "Doing Business" section of the Tollway's website.

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