DECATUR – Governor Pat Quinn today announced an investment of $894,000 to renovate Illinois Department of Transportation highway maintenance facilities in Decatur, Jacksonville, Lincoln and Riverton. Funded by his Illinois Jobs Now! construction 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 projects involve work at Department of Transportation yards. The roof of the Decatur Yard salt dome will be repaired or replaced; a three-sided pole building will be constructed at the Jacksonville yard; the Lincoln Team Section Equipment Storage Building will receive an addition; and a roof will be built over the Riverton Yard storage bins. The projects will be managed by the Illinois Capital Development Board. The contract awards for the projects include:
- General construction: Laverdiere Construction, Inc. of Macomb, $729,000, lowest of seven bids.
- Electrical: Prairie State Plumbing & Heating, Inc. of Athens, $88,410, lowest of three bids.
- Plumbing: Warner Plumbing, Inc. of East Peoria, $77,390, lowest of four bids.
“It is of utmost importance to maintain our local highway infrastructure. I thank the Governor for his attention to this,” State Representative Rich Brauer (R-Petersburg) said.
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 construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest construction programs in the nation.