QUINCY – Governor Pat Quinn today announced capital investments of more than $1.6 million for bridge replacement projects in Adams and Hancock Counties. The projects are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.
“These construction projects will replace two old, worn bridges to improve transportation safety and efficiency in western Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. “They will also employ a number of construction workers, which will help the local economy as well.”
The Illinois Department of Transportation will manage the projects.
An 11 span timber beam bridge carrying County Highway 27 over the BNSF Railroad 2.4 miles south of U.S. Route 24 will be replaced with a three span steel beam bridge. The work will include roadway, drainage, shoulder, guardrail and other work. Midwest Bridge and Crane, Inc. of Good Hope was the lowest of three bidders for the work at $1,216,812.
A bridge carrying County Highway 30 over Panther Creek one mile south of West Point will be replaced for $397,728 by County Contractors, Inc. of Quincy, the lower of two bidders.
“These two projects are particularly vital to Adams and Hancock counties due to the safety concerns that are being addressed by replacing older bridges with modern structures,” State Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) said. “This will allow goods and traffic to continue to flow without any interruption at these two sites.”
These projects are part of Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years. Illinois Jobs Now! is the largest capital construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest capital construction programs in the nation.