Wacker Drive to Get $366 Million Facelift

Project to last three years

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010  |  Updated 6:30 PM CDT
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Wacker Drive is getting a $366 million facelift.

Beginning in April and slated to last three years, the project includes work on the artery's upper and lower levels from Randolph to Congress Parkway.  A separate service drive will also be created on the lower level with increased space and better lighting.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the $366 million project on Wednesday and said he expects the construction to create about 4,000 jobs and is part of Illinois' capital construction program. 

The governor's office says the work will include increasing clearance on the street's lower segments and replacing entrance and exit ramps.

The announcement comes less than a week before the state's primary election.  Also Wednesday, Quinn announced an $8 million project to renovate the site of Northern Illinois University's campus shooting two years ago.

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