“Transportation investments create needed construction jobs for Illinois workers and lead to safer roads for all,” Governor Quinn said. “These Illinois Jobs Now! projects will help to ensure Illinois has a strong, 21st century infrastructure.”
Work contracts were recently awarded following a competitive bidding process and address critical infrastructure needs while creating construction jobs. The Illinois Department of Transportation will manage the projects which include:
· Cover and seal the Old U.S. Route 66 from six-tenths of a mile south of Elkhart to 8.8 miles north of the town in Logan County. Illinois Valley Paving of Springfield had the lowest bid out of four at $459,190.
· Macon County: Patch and resurface six locations on various routes near Decatur in Macon County. Illinois Valley Paving of Springfield was the sole bidder for the project with a bid of $347,656.
· Patch Illinois Route 48 between Brush College Road and Tanager Drive in Decatur. Kinney Contractors, Inc. of Raymond won the project with a bid of $339,991. There were three bids submitted.
· Place shoulders, rumble strips and replace pipe culverts on Illinois Route 128 from Findlay Road to the southern limits of Dalton City in Moultrie County. Illinois Valley Paving of Springfield was the sole bidder on the project with a bid of $3,272,592.
“Upgrading Illinois’ outdated infrastructure and the construction jobs that come from these upgrades will help propel our state forward,” Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) said. “During my recent ‘jobs tour’ of the 51stDistrict, crumbling infrastructure was a common theme. I thank the Governor for bringing this to the forefront.”
Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! is supporting more than 439,000 jobs over six years. It is the largest capital construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest capital construction programs in the nation.