Construction is set to begin on a four-year $475 million construction project at the intersection of several highways near downtown Chicago. The so-called Circle Interchange project involves reconstruction of the intersection of Interstate 90/94, Interstate 290 and Congress Parkway. The goal is to reduce traffic delays by about 50 percent. Gov. Pat Quinn says the project will create thousands of jobs and improve infrastructure. The work includes adding more lanes, reconfiguring ramps and improving the surrounding areas to add bike lanes and widen sidewalks. Construction on the original interchange began in the late 1950s. These days, the Illinois Department of Transportation estimates that 400,000 vehicles pass through the interchange daily. The money for the project comes from state capital funds and federal sources. Construction begins next month.
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