LEWISTOWN – Governor Pat Quinn today announced capital investments of more than $3.3 million for construction projects in Brown, Fulton, Henderson, Henry, Knox, Marshall and Mason Counties. Funded by his Illinois Jobs Now! construction program, the projects are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.
“Highway, bridge and state facility projects like these will help maintain Illinois’ infrastructure while creating jobs and helping boost the local economy,” Governor Quinn said.
The projects will be managed by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) except where noted.
The City of Mt. Sterling will receive various improvements for $288,105 by Rees Construction Company of Quincy, the lowest of four bidders. The work includes sidewalk and crossing improvements, pedestrian activated beacons at U.S. Route 24 and new sidewalks at various locations.
Fulton, Henderson, Knox and Marshall Counties
IDOT maintenance facilities will receive new roofs for $359,600 by Laverdiere Construction, Inc. of Macomb. The roof work will be done on salt domes in Lewistown and Knoxville, the Team Section Garage in Biggsville and the Operations Storage Yard Material Bin in Wenona. The Illinois Capital Development Board will manage the project.
Two bridges carrying Interstate 74/280 over the BNSF Railway near Colona will be repaired and the expansion joints on them will be replaced. The lowest of four bidders was Kovilic Construction Company, Inc. of Franklin Park at $748,119.
A sidewalk will be constructed along East North Street in Galesburg from the cul-de-sac west of Silver Street to Elm Street. Mid-West Illinois Concrete Construction, Inc. of Galesburg was the lowest of four bidders for the work at $152,892.
U.S. Highway 136 will be rehabilitated for 6.72 miles from east of the Illinois Route 10 junction to west of the Illinois Route 29 junction. The work includes shoulder replacement, concrete gutter removal and pavement markings. Illinois Valley Paving, a division of United Contractors Midwest, Inc. of Springfield was the lower of two bidders at $1,794.742.
“Investing in transportation is critically important, especially for a district the size of the 47th District,” State Senator John M. Sullivan (D-Rushville) said. “These projects will create construction jobs, and a well-maintained infrastructure will also help retain and attract new employers.”
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.