CARBONDALE – Governor Pat Quinn today announced capital investments of more than $343,000 for renovation projects at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Giant City State Park near Makanda. The projects are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.
“It’s important that we maintain our higher education infrastructure and keep the public buildings at our state parks well-maintained,” Governor Quinn said. “This work will employ a number of construction workers, which also helps the local economy.”
The projects will be managed by the Illinois Capital Development Board.
The electrical distribution system at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will be upgraded with new electrical feeders and associated equipment. The work will be performed by W.J. Burke Electric Company of Murphysboro, the lowest of five bidders.
Roofs will be replaced on several structures at Giant City State Park following an evaluation of roof conditions throughout the park. The work will be done by Kehrer Brothers Construction, Inc. of Albers, the lowest of five bidders for the work. This project is being done in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Great Parks Partnership Initiative, which uses state funds to improve state parks throughout Illinois.
“These infrastructure upgrades will help our local economy by providing needed jobs for construction workers and further improve Southern Illinois University by better meeting the needs of its students,” State Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) said. “And because our state parks are some of the most valuable natural resources in Southern Illinois, it’s important we make investments to help ensure Giant City, and all it has to offer local residents and tourists, including fishing, hunting and camping, can be enjoyed for years to come.”
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.