Major I-70 project

Illinois’ governor is scheduled to announce on Thursday a major road project in Fayette County.
The office of Gov. Pat Quinn said on Wednesday that the governor will announce capital investments of more than $19.6 million to build two new Interstate 70 bridges over the Kaskaskia River near Vandalia.
Funded the governor’s “Illinois Jobs Now!” program, Quinn said that the project is part of his commitment to creating jobs and improving the state’s economy.”
“Interstate 70 is a major east-west artery through Illinois, and bridges are a critical part of the highway infrastructure,” Quinn said.
“This project will replace aging bridges with new ones, and the construction jobs created by the project will be an added benefit,” he said.
The existing bridges over the Kaskaskia River will be removed and replaced with two six-span structures.
Plocher Construction Co. of Highland was the lowest of seven bidders with a quote of $19,626,717.
Quinn’s office said that construction will begin this summer and will be managed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
In making the announcement, Quinn said that his “Illinois Jobs Now!” program will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years.
Quinn claims that it is the largest construction program in the state’s history, and one of the largest in the nation.

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