IDOT begins Interstate 74 construction on April 1st

By Joe Bennett

March 31, 2013 Updated Mar 31, 2013 at 10:53 PM CDT

TAZEWELL COUNTY, Ill -- An $86 million road project will make driving safer along Interstate-74 according to IDOT spokesman Brian Williamsen.

Construction on the "Improving the I-74 - I-155 Project" starts tomorrow.

IDOT asks commuters to be patient while two lanes of I-74 remain open for the next couple of years.

I-74 will expand to six lanes and run underneath I-155 once the project is complete, hopefully by summer of 2015.

"It's a large-scale project," says Williamsen. "Next to the Upgrade 74 Project, it's the biggest one that we've done here in this district. The improvements are necessary though. The structures are really at the end of their lives, and so it's a matter of improving the safety of people driving along this stretch and also the access there as well."

Improvements will also be made with the Morton Avenue interchanges during construction.

A number of bridges along I-74 and I-155 will also be replaced for safety concerns.