Money Approved for Southern IL Road Projects
By WestKyStar Staff
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Governor Pat Quinn on Thursday announced that $1.8 million has been designated for road projects in southern Illinois.
These projects will improve a key veterans’ facility, maintain local roadways and improve our infrastructure in southern Illinois,” Quinn said. “The projects will also employ several construction workers, which will help the local economy, as well.”
Harrisburg and Benton:
Replacement of Signal cable at the intersections of Old Illinois Route 13 and Illinois Route 34; Old Illinois Route 13 and U.S. Route 45 in Harrisburg; and Illinois Route 37 and Illinois Route 14 in Benton. The cost is estimated at $20,466.
Replacement of navigational lights and signs on the bridge carrying Interstate 24 over the Ohio River at a cost of $224,963.
Washing and sealing of beam ends and pier and abutment caps on six bridges near Mound City, at an estimated cost of$105,624.
These contracts were recently awarded following a competitive bidding process and address critical infrastructure needs while creating construction jobs.
With the recent news that one in 12 bridges in Illinois is structurally deficient, it’s important that these infrastructure upgrades are made to Southern Illinois’ roads and bridges,” state Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) said. “Additionally, these projects will help put people back to work and provide safer roads for Illinois motorists.
These projects are part of Governor Quinn’s $31 billion "Illinois Jobs Now" program.