TAYLORVILLE – Governor Pat Quinn today announced an investment of $669,000 to renovate Illinois Department of Transportation highway maintenance facilities in Taylorville and Decatur. Funded by his Illinois Jobs Now! capital program, the projects are part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to creating jobs and driving Illinois’ economy forward.
“This winter has caused us to realize just how vital these seemingly mundane facilities can be, and properly repairing and maintaining them will help us get ready for next year’s winter,” Governor Quinn said. “The projects will also employ a number of construction workers, which will drive local economies forward.”
The 2,921-square-foot salt dome in the Taylorville Maintenance Yard will be repaired and renovated, including the dome’s concrete walls, electrical system, and roofing. The Decatur Operations Yard will receive a new wash bay and maintenance building that will include a road brine production area. Three contracts were awarded for the projects. Laverdiere Construction, Inc. of Macomb was the lowest of three bidders for the general construction work at $333,000. The Burdick Plumbing and Heating Company of Decatur was the lowest of four bidders for the plumbing work at $303,137. And the electrical part of the projects will be done for $33,400 by Rathje Enterprises, Inc. of Decatur. The projects will be managed by the Illinois Capital Development Board.
The 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.