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Illinois Gov. Unveils $12 Billion Road Construction Plan

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) – A six-year, $12.62 billion transportation construction plan is rolling out of the governor’s office.

“Illinois is located in the middle of our country, in the heart of the heartland,” Gov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday as he unveiled the plan at his office in Springfield. “Our economy depends on our location and our transportation. Since I’ve been governor, we’ve invested more money in transportation than in any five-year period in Illinois history.”

A 26-page list issued by the governor’s office is highlighted by the $475 million project to rebuild the Circle Interchange in Chicago (the junction of I-90/94 and I-290), $76 million for a new Mississippi River bridge at the Quad Cities, $56 million worth of repairs and upgrades to I-74 in east central Illinois, and $83 million worth of work on I-57 in southern Illinois.

Don’t forget the rails: transportation secretary Ann Schneider said there are safety-related improvements to sidings and signal systems, and a goal to get almost all of the passenger line from Dwight to Alton to 110 mph by 2015.

Airport projects for cargo-heavy Rockford and Peoria are also planned.

LIST OF PROJECTS PLANNED FOR THE METRO EAST:

A new bridge, 0.4 mile of additional lanes, bridge widening, land acquisition and utility adjustment on Interstate 55/64, from eastbound MLK bridge to westbound Interstate 55/64 in St. Clair County, are programmed during FY 2014-2019 at a cost of $19 million. Of this total, land acquisition and utility adjustment are programmed in FY 2014 at a cost of $2 million.

Resurfacing 8.6 miles, bridge repair, bridge joint repair and bridge deck sealing on Interstate 55/70, from 0.5 mile west of Illinois 203 to 0.3 mile west of Black Lane in St. Clair and Madison Counties, are programmed during FY 2015-2019 at a cost of $21.3 million.

Resurfacing on 5.6 miles and bridge repair on Interstate 64, from 18th Street to 0.7 mile east of Illinois 111 in St. Clair County, are programmed in FY 2014 at a cost of $16.4 million.

A new interchange on Interstate 64 at Rieder Road in St. Clair County is programmed in FY 2014 at a cost of $40 million.

Resurfacing 19.2 miles, crack and joint sealing and bridge repairs on Interstate 70/US 40, from 2.5 miles east of Interstate 55/270 Interchange to Bond County line in Madison County, are programmed during FY 2015-2019 at a cost of $45.7 million.

Resurfacing 13.9 miles, bridge repair and ramp repair on Interstate 255, from 0.6 mile north of Horseshoe Lake Road to Interstate 270 in Madison County, are programmed during FY 2015-2019 at a cost of $26.1 million.

Land acquisition, utility adjustments, new signing and lighting and new construction for 5.1 miles of a 4-lane expressway from Crystal Lake Road south to the Delhi Bypass on US 67, from Jerseyville to the Madison County line, are programmed during FY 2015-2019 at a cost of $47.1 million.

Widening and resurfacing 6 miles and utility adjustments on Illinois 3, from 0.1 mile north of Grafton Hills Drive in Grafton to Illinois 109 in Jersey County, are programmed during FY 2015-2019 at a cost of $11.6 million.

Resurfacing 8.9 miles on Illinois 15, from 0.5 mile east of Interstate 255 in Alorton to 0.4 mile east of Illinois 159 in St. Clair County, is programmed in FY 2014 at a cost of $8.4 million.

Resurfacing 16 miles on Illinois 100/16, from 0.1 mile east of Township Road 35 to 0.2 mile east of Ski Lift Road in Jersey County, is programmed in FY 2014 at a cost of $5 million.

A new bridge on Illinois 143 over Indian Creek, 0.3 mile east of Wanda Road in Madison County, is programmed during FY 2015-2019 at a cost of $4.7 million.

Resurfacing and shoulder reconstruction for 8 miles on Illinois 157, from Illinois 140 in Hamel to Illinois 143 (Vandalia Street) in Edwardsville, are programmed in FY 2014 at a cost of $4.8 million.

A bridge replacement, engineering for contract plans, land acquisition, utility adjustments and construction engineering on Illinois 157 over St. Clair Avenue, Metrolink and Schoenberger Creek in St. Clair County are programmed during FY 2014-2019 at a cost of $13.8 million, and has been approved for Illinois Major Bridge Program funding. Of this total, engineering for contract plans, land acquisition and utility adjustments are programmed in FY 2014 at a cost of $2.1 million.

Grading, paving, a new bridge, drainage, land acquisition, utility adjustments and construction engineering on the Alton-Godfrey Expressway, from US 67 south of the Alton Square to north of Illinois 255 in Madison County, are programmed during FY 2015-2019 at a cost of $110 million.

A bridge replacement on Clinton Street over Canteen Creek, 0.1 mile southeast of Illinois 159 in Madison County, is programmed in FY 2014 at a cost of $2.2 million, and is a local Illinois Major Bridge Program project that is contingent upon the local agency providing matching funds.

Bridge repair, bridge deck repairs, and bridge deck sealing on Illinois Avenue at the Martin Luther King (MLK) Bridge in East St. Louis are programmed in FY 2015-2019 at a cost of $8.2 million.

Engineering for location, environmental and design studies, engineering for contract plans, land acquisition, utility adjustments and bridge replacement on Interstate 55/64/70 westbound Missouri Avenue East St. Louis, 0.7 mile east of the Mississippi River, are programmed during FY 2015-2019 at a cost of $38 million, and have been approved for Illinois Major Bridge Program funding.

Bi-State Development Agency/St. Clair County Transit District Rail Slope Stabilization. This project not only consists of rehabilitation on the rail slope, but also removal of the existing soil nailed wall and embankment erosion projects. Erosion and slope instability on the light rail embankments have led to failures, service disruptions and a significant reduction in the overall safety of the MetroLink system. Rehabilitating the slope failures and drainage deficiencies will help maintain the transit system in good condition and allow MetroLink trains to operate efficiently and to deliver on-time service to transit customers. The funding for this project comes from Illinois Jobs Now! ($6.846 million) and local funding ($0.516 million).

Improvements to the Madison County Transit Facility, funded by $1.871 million from Illinois Jobs Now!, $311,000 in federal funding and $642,000 in local funding.

Construct a new electrical vault at the Bethalto St. Louis Regional Airport, which will be able to better accommodate existing conditions as well as any future expansion. The project is estimated to cost $600,000.

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