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updated: 6/20/2013 6:06 PM

Mannheim Road widening starts soon

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  • Gov. Pat Quinn announced road projects in the suburbs Thursday.

       Gov. Pat Quinn announced road projects in the suburbs Thursday.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer


Work on widening Mannheim Road through Des Plaines, Rosemont and Schiller Park near O'Hare International Airport will start soon, Gov. Pat Quinn's office announced Thursday.

The $59 million project will be paid for with money from a 2009 construction program that raised vehicle fees and alcohol taxes, among other things.

About a mile and a half of the road will be widened from Route 19 to Interstate 190, and similar work will be done on a mile and a half between Interstate 190 and Route 72.

"This project will improve traffic flow in one of Chicagoland's key transportation hubs," Quinn said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Quinn also announced $1.8 million worth of road projects in DuPage County that will start within the next 30 days, his spokesman said.

About 2 miles of North Avenue in Elmhurst and Villa Park will be resurfaced, and new LED traffic lights will be installed at intersections throughout the county.

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