The road will be upgraded with rumble stripes and guard rail replacements as part of a $2 million road project announced by Gov. Pat Quinn last month.
The work on New Avenue, which will stretch from Illinois Route 171 to the Cook County line near Lemont, will be done by Lemont's K-Five Construction Corp., which submitted the lowest of five bids for the work at about $1.5 million, according to a release from Quinn's office.
K-Five will start work by mid-April and is aiming to wrap it up by late June, barring any unforeseen weather issues, according to Nicholas Eller, a project estimator with the company.
An old water main at an intersection in Minooka and a resurfacing project in Crete comprise the rest of the $2 million investment
The investment is part of Quinn's "Jobs Now!" capital construction program, a $31 billion endeavor signed by the governor in 2009 that aims to bolster the economy and create jobs.
The program, billed by the governor's office as the largest capital construction program in Illinois history, will support more than 439,000 jobs, according to the release.
The Illinois Department of Transportation will oversee the New Avenue project, according to the release.
"Rumble strips and new guard rails will warn motorists that they are getting close to the edge of the roadway which will improve safety along New Avenue," House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, said in the release. "I am pleased that the work on this project will soon get underway and that the contract went to a local construction firm."
State Rep. Emily McAsey, D-Lockport, also praised the investment, saying in a release that the project is indicative of efforts to upgrade Will County's infrastructure.