A $40 million settlement was reached in a lawsuit brought on behalf of the Illinois Department of Transportation for damage to a state road allegedly caused by mining.
The lawsuit against Vulcan Materials Co. involved a mile-long section of Joliet Road that traverses through Vulcan's quarry in southwest suburban McCook, Richard T. Sikes Jr. was the lead lawyer for IDOT.
In 2001, the state filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court alleging that Vulcan damaged the section of road. IDOT closed that section in 1998 after experts determined that the road was no longer safe to use because of damage caused by Vulcan.
"Vulcan mined both sides of the road for limestone, which was used for construction and road building. The mining caused the road to buckle. Despite a really extensive study of whether the road could be repaired, none of the state's engineers have been able to come up with a plan under which they would be comfortable that the road could be safely fixed. The $40 million settlement will be used to upgrade other roads that have experienced increased usage because of the damaged stretch of Joliet Road, Three weeks of discussions took place before the settlement was reached," Sikes stated.