Ala. company to pay IDOT $40 million to settle suit over damaged road in McCook
Tue, 18 May 2010 04:00 BY MARY WISNIEWSKI, Transportation Reporter
An Alabama company will pay the Illinois Department of Transportation $40 million to settle a state lawsuit over a damaged portion of Joliet Road in suburban McCook.
IDOT alleged that Vulcan Materials Co. of Birmingham damaged a mile-long section of Joliet Road that bisects its McCook quarry. That portion of Joliet was closed by IDOT in 1998 after IDOT experts concluded that the road was destabilized from years of mining and was no longer safe to use.
IDOT will receive $20 million in 10 days, and will be paid the rest within nine months, according to a Vulcan statement. Vulcan did not admit liability.
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Illinois) said the closure has been “an issue of concern” to people in the area and he’s happy a settlement had been reached. “There’s not a month that goes by when someone doesn’t ask me what’s happening with Joliet Road,” Lipinski said. “It’s essentially been in limbo for the last decade.”
Since the closure, traffic has been re-routed to arterial roadways.
Lipinski said that IDOT is holding meetings in communities affected by the road closure to hear what people want done with the money to help with traffic flow.
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