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$40 million to study redo of Circle Interchange

Updated: May 25, 2012 8:15AM

SPRINGFIELD — An estimated $375 million project to alleviate traffic from Chicago’s Circle Interchange crept forward Monday as Gov. Pat Quinn announced the launch of a $40 million engineering study aimed at increasing its capacity.

A statement from Quinn’s office said more than 300,000 vehicles navigate the interchange each day, and delays average about 10 minutes a day per vehicle. The Kennedy, Eisenhower and Dan Ryan expressways along with Congress Parkway all converge at the interchange.

IDOT spokesman Guy Tridgell said the $375 million figure was “an initial ballpark estimate” and that the cost will depend on the plan.

Quinn touted the project as a job-creator and a way to help the environment by curbing emissions that result from cars being stuck in traffic.

Andrew Maloney

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