Construction Announced on Major Collinsville Improvement Project
Project Expected to Ease Congestion and Improve Safety
COLLINSVILLE – Illinois Transportation Secretary
Gary Hannig was joined today by Illinois State Representative
Jay Hoffman, Illinois State Senator Bill Haine and local
officials for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of
construction for the widening of IL Route 159 in Collinsville.
The improvement project is expected to reduce congestion,
increase safety and improve the quality of life for residents in
the Collinsville area.
“We are excited to begin construction to improve a frequently
traveled route in the area,” said Illinois Transportation
Secretary Gary Hannig. “This project will help reduce congestion
and make for a smoother commute for local residents.”
The improvement begins north of South Morrison Avenue and ends
north of Church Street. The construction consists of widening
the existing roadway from two or three lanes to four or five
lanes with curb and gutter. This project is the first of three
sections that will be constructed within the city limits over
the next several years.
“This project is important to the economic vitality of
Collinsville and the entire Metro East area,” Representative Jay
Hoffman (D-Collinsville) said. “Route 159 is a significant
transportation artery for our entire region. The IL 159 project
will not only create and sustain jobs, but will vastly improve
traffic for Collinsville residents once completed. I appreciate
the patience of the residents of Collinsville as we work to
construct these improvements.”
The work includes construction of a closed drainage system and
sidewalk on the majority of the project. The project involves
roadway pavement construction, soil embankment & grading,
roadway drainage, pavement marking and seeding. Once completed,
these three projects will provide IL Route 159 with a continuous
flow from Fairview Heights to Edwardsville.
“This project enhances the quality of life for Collinsville
residents and the entire region,” said Illinois State Senator
Bill Haine (D-Alton). “I'm proud to have supported efforts to
obtain funding for this initiative.”
This improvement utilizes Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) in
the project development. CSS is an approach that teams design
engineers with project stakeholders to develop, build, and
maintain cost effective transportation facilities which fits
into the project's surroundings.
This project contains a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). The PLA
ensures the work will be completed without interruptions and
with a qualified workforce.
The Prime Contractor for this project is Hanks Excavating &
Landscaping, Inc. The initial $9.3 million project segment is
expected to be complete in Fall 2012.