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March 30, 2001

Governor Ryan Announces Program to Fix Winter-Damaged Roads -- Metro East

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 $3 million has been allocated for Metro East roads.

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.

"We have 9 projects identified in Madison and St. Clair counties" Governor Ryan said. "There will be work on the 4 major interstates in the area. Patching and resurfacing will occur not only on the highways, but also on the ramps on and off the interstate."

Projects in St. Clair County include resurfacing Collinsville Road from west of IL 203 to west of IL 111 in Fairmont City and resurfacing Bond Avenue from 10th Street to 26th Street in East St. Louis totaling $600,000. Patching and resurfacing on I-64/55/70 from IL 159 to east of IL 111 and on various exit and entrance ramps on IL-64/55/70 within that section will cost $200,000.

"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.


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