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3/26/2013 2:11:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Lawrence, area counties awarded construction funds
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn has announced $486 million in road and bridge projects that will be started this spring, calling it one of the largest early-season construction programs in the state's history.

The announcement is part of the governor's agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois' economy forward by investing in the state's transportation systems.

Joined by Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider, Quinn released a list of nearly 200 road and bridge projects across the state that will begin in the coming weeks.

Several of those projects will take place in Lawrence and surrounding counties.

In Lawrence County, a $500,000 project calls for mowing, earthwork excavation, berm reconstruction, culvert removal and reinstall, and spillway installation located southeast of Lawrenceville at various locations.

A $325,000 contract in Richland County calls for pavement pataching on U.S. Route 50 from 1.7 miles east of Noble to Illinois Route 130 in Olney.

In Crawford County, a $1.62 million project entails resurfacing from County Road 1175N to CR 1625N.

Edweards, Jasper, Clark, Coiles, Fayette and White counties also received money for various projects.

"Illinois has a world-class transportation system and we are making it even stronger by carrying out one of the largest spring construction programs ever," Quinn said. "This bold investment will help put thousands of people to work improving our roads and bridges and laying the foundation for economic development for years to come."

The governor and Schneider made Monday's announcement on Chicago's South Side, where a $32 million investment will rebuild the Stony Island Feeder to the Bishop Ford Freeway/I-94. The project at the interchange, which handles up to 64,000 vehicles per day, involves the repair, reconstruction, removal and replacement of seven bridges. Scheduled for completion in 2014, the project also involves resurfacing and replacing pavement and intersection improvements. Upgrades to the lighting and signage will improve safety and make it easier for drivers to navigate the interchange.

IDOT also announced additional Chicago-area transportation investments including: a $19.4 million bridge replacement project at Cumberland Avenue over the Kennedy Expressway, $3.5 million in additional bridge repairs on the Kennedy, and $2.6 million on resurfacing projects on IL Rt. 43/Harlem Avenue at Higgins Avenue in Chicago and on West 127th Street in Crestwood.


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