The Illinois Department of Transportation has reopened the portion of 171st Street between LaGrange Road and 94th Avenue that was closed in early June due to ongoing construction on LaGrange.
The road closed June 6 and reopened June 27, Tinley Park officials said. There is a small strip mall near that area but its entrances were not blocked by the project, Public Works Director Dale Schepers said.
IDOT made the decision to shut down a portion of 171st Street to traffic to get the job done faster, Schepers said. He called the decision "a good one."
IDOT is in the process of widening LaGrange Road from 131st Street to 179th Street due to "increased traffic demands that have caused safety and operational concerns."
Once completed, LaGrange will have six lanes instead of four and a barrier median added, officials have said.
There will also be some double left turn lanes.
The project encompasses land in Orland Hills, Orland Park, Palos Park and Tinley Park, and is expected to cost about $95 million, the agency has said on its website.
IDOT's project has been delayed in the past due to the unusually harsh winter and by slower than expected progress by utility companies burying their cables further down the street.
Construction is slated to end sometime in 2015.
Schepers, Tinley Park's Public Works Director, said the village did not receive many complaints about the closure and attributed it to good communication with local businesses.
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