posted on August 10, 2011 15:05
NEW LENOX - U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger joined IRTBA's Chairman Woodie Griffin, its CEO, Mike Sturino, and Mark Barkowski of F.H. Paschen at the construction underway of US Route 30 project in Will County. Elected officials were joined by local mayors, chambers of commerce, union representatives and related trade organizations. Business and labor groups highlighted the important benefits transportation brings to the national and regional economy. The US Route 30 infrastructure improvement is an example of a critical project in the region.
The $72.7 million Illinois Jobs Now! project consists of the reconstruction of US Route 30 in the Villages of Frankfort, Mokena and New Lenox. Among the improvements will be a wider, safer roadway, improved traffic flow, better stormwater management, noise mitigation and the installation of a bike path.
IRTBA members gather in front of US Route 30 construction project with US Congressman Adam Kinzinger (center) and State Rep. Renee Kosel (left of Kinzinger).
State Rep. Renee Kosel and Mayor Jim Holland of Frankfort, along with Frankfort Township Supervisor and Will County Board Chairman Jim Moustis, John Grueling of the Will County Center for Economic Development, and Jim Messmore from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce joined in echoing this message. They met at the new Frankfort Township Building to talk about what this project will mean to the quality of life and the economic well-being of the region.
"The bottom line is jobs and economic development. Many of the other things we strive for in the industry, however, are showcased in this project: safety, efficiency, and sustainability," noted IRTBA Chairman Woodie Griffin. "Investment in transportation brought 200 construction related jobs in this project alone, as well as improved access to communities and businesses in this region. Transportation investment is a success story that never ends."