GALESBURG – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a capital investment of more than $11.5 million for a bridge construction project in Galesburg. The project is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.
“This construction project will carry a main Galesburg thoroughfare over the railroad tracks to improve traffic convenience and safety,” Governor Quinn said. “It will also employ a number of construction workers, which will help the local economy as well.”
A single span bridge with retaining walls will be constructed to carry Seminary Street over the BNSF Railroad. The project will also involve the re-alignment of Seminary Street from Water Street to Cedar Creek; the construction of a box culvert over Cedar Creek; the reconstruction of Kellogg from Main to North Streets; and the reconstruction of Main, Ferris, Water and North Streets. Gunther Construction, a division of United Contractors Midwest, Inc. of Galesburg was the lowest of four bidders for the job with a quote of $11,561,959.
The Illinois Department of Transportation will manage the project.
“I commend Governor Quinn for releasing more than $11.5 million in state funds to begin the construction of a much needed railroad overpass in the heart of Galesburg,” State Rep. Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) said. “Not only will this project reduce traffic congestion, it will also increase safety by eliminating the possibility of an ambulance ever being blocked by a train at the Seminary Street crossing. This is a main artery for ambulances to respond to emergencies in downtown Galesburg and the south side of Galesburg, as well as the route back to our two hospitals,”
This project is 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.