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Additional Route 31 work on the way

Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 12:53 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, May 25, 2014 1:48 p.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – Route 31 is set to be widened from Rakow Road to Trinity Drive, according to a news release from the governor's office.

The state plans to spend an additional $5.6 million on infrastructure projects around the county, Governor Pat Quinn's office announced on Thursday.

The projects are being paid for by the Illinois Jobs Now! construction program, and will be managed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Route 31 will be widened and improved for nearly nine-tenths of a mile from Trinity Drive to Rakow Road in Cary, Lake in the Hills and Crystal Lake. This includes adding additional lanes, constructing a retaining wall and other work, the news release said.

This is set to make Route 31 four lanes from the Algonquin Western Bypass to just north of Route 176, after all construction work is complete.

Plote Construction, Inc. of Hoffman Estates was the lowest of six bidders for the work at $5.2 million. Pedestrian ramps that meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements will be installed at various locations in McHenry County by Sumit Construction Co., Inc. of Chicago, the lowest of four bidders, the news release said.

“One project will widen and improve one of the busiest routes through Cary, Lake in the Hills and Crystal Lake, while the other will make it easier for persons with disabilities to travel through McHenry County,” Quinn said in the news release. “The projects will also employ a number of construction workers, which will drive local economies forward.”

The $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years, is the largest construction program in state history, and is one of the largest construction programs in the nation, according to a news release.

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