State to oversee traffic light improvements in West Chicago

WEST CHICAGO – As part of $9 million worth of construction projects recently announced in DuPage County, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will oversee traffic signal modernization at two intersections in West Chicago.

Virgil Cook and Son, Inc., of DeKalb, will perform the work at Route 59 and Main and Washington streets.

The modernization will include installing new LED traffic signals, battery backup, pedestrian countdown signals and additional signal displays at each intersection, said Daryle Drew, traffic signal engineer for IDOT District One.

The cost of the project is $670,000. $603,000 of the funding will come from federal sources and $67,000 from the state, said Jae Miller, IDOT spokesperson.

The project is scheduled to start in February and end by August 2014, Drew said.

The $9 million designated to be spent on county construction projects is part of Gov. Pat Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which is expected to support more than 439,000 jobs during a six-year period, according to a news release from the Office of the Governor.