BOURBONNAIS – A new three lane road will be constructed from Career Center Road from Illinois Route 102 to Burns Road is scheduled for construction beginning in 2025.
The roadway improvements were announced during the Kankakee Area Transportation Study (KATS) Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting Wednesday.
“With the growth of the village and increase in traffic on Career Center Road due to new development at the I-57 Bourbonnais Parkway interchange, two new schools and a bus garage, the need for this project has become more and more apparent from a safety and vehicle transportation perspective,” said Bourbonnais Mayor Paul Schore.
Improvements the roadway will also include a separate 10 feet wide multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists alike as well as storm sewer and drainage improvements.
Manteno Mayor Tim Nugent also stressed the regional importance of this project. “Career Center Road is home to three schools, two public and one private, serving students from across Kankakee County,” said Mayor Nugent, MPO immediate past-chairman. “These needed improvements including a new pedestrian path will help ensure our young people are safely transported to and from school and there is no greater concern than keeping our children safe.”
The project is expected to cost over $6 million to complete and supported by $4 million in federal funding. The Village of Bourbonnais will supply $2.05 million towards the projects completion.
Preliminary engineering work right-of-way acquisition on the project will begin in 2023.