Governor Ryan Announces Program to Fix Winter-Damaged Roads -- East Central Illinois
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2001
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $78 million spring road repair program to speed the fix-up of roads throughout the state that were damaged by the winter weather. More than $4.3 million has been allocated for repair in the 12 counties in District 5, which covers most of East-Central Illinois.
Thanks to Illinois FIRST funding for road projects, IDOT has the flexibility to finance the Spring Road Repair Program. The Illinois FIRST five-year highway program will be announced in April.
"The biggest project in the area will be on Illinois 49, which is actually 2 separate projects," Governor Ryan said. In Kankakee, we will fix 4 miles of highway as well as do extensive repairs on Springfield Avenue in Champaign.
The Illinois 49 project will total nearly $2 million in repairs, with $1.7 million for resurfacing 15 miles from IL 16 to North of I-70 in Coles and Clark counties. Resurfacing of Springfield Avenue in Champaign from State Street to Water Street will cost $350,000. Other projects include resurfacing on US 51 from the Shelby County Line to the Christian County Line.
"The harsh weather we had in December and January, along with the freeze-thaw cycles we normally experience during the winter months, caused damage to many of our highways," Ryan said. "This program will provide repairs to more than 300 miles of highways
throughout Illinois, and will help us restore the riding surface of these highways as quickly as possible."
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will solicit bids for most of the repair work on April 27. The work will address the needs at 241 locations across the state and will be done on an accelerated schedule to ensure completion this spring. Bids on the remaining projects will be sought in June.
This was a record-breaking winter for IDOT, which responded to 46 storms across the state, using 585,000 tons of salt to fight snow and ice conditions on state roadways. Many state highways were damaged from the extreme freeze-thaw action of soil beneath the highways that causes pavement surfaces to crack, buckle, and deteriorate into potholes.
Spring road repair work will include:
- Patching--pavement removal and replacement of small sections of the worst damaged highways.
- Intermittent resurfacing -- overlaying the riding surface of short sections of highways.
- Resurfacing -- overlaying longer sections of highways.
- Bridge deck overlays -- resurfacing the riding surface on the bridge.
- Joint repairs -- repair of the joints between concrete slabs of the highway.
- Cold milling -- removing sections of the driving surface to smooth out bumps, or to prepare the highway for resurfacing.