NEWS RELEASE – 4-11-2013, 8:27 p.m.
Illinois Jobs Now! Projects Will Improve State’s Infrastructure and Create Construction Jobs
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a total of more than $1.4 million in capital investments for road projects in Alexander, Johnson, Massac and Pulaski counties to improve the state’s infrastructure as part of his Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program. The projects are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.
“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.”
The contracts were recently awarded following a competitive bidding process and addresses critical infrastructure needs while creating construction jobs. The Illinois Department of Transportation will manage the projects, which include:
- Replace bridge and roadway carrying Twente Crossing Road over a creek in Alexander County. Dees, Inc. of West Frankfort submitted the lowest bid of four with a bid of $109,253.
- Resurface Gilead Church Road in Johnson County from 2.7 miles south of U.S. Route 45 to Illinois Route 147. Southern Illinois Asphalt Co., Inc. of Marion won the project with a bid of $663,633 – the lowest of the three bids submitted.
- Parking lot and road improvements at the Mermet Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area in Massac County, northwest of Metropolis. Microsurfacing Contractors, LLC of St. Louis submitted a bid of $268,102, the lower of two bids submitted.
- Resurfacing and other work on FAS Route 937 in Pulaski County, starting at the EEI entrance and proceeding west about three miles. E.T. Simonds Construction Company of Carbondale, submitted the lowest bid of three with a bid of $388,828.
“Alexander, Johnson, Massac and Pulaski counties have been through rough economic times,” State Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) said. “These new capital construction projects will not only help to put Southern Illinoisans back to work, but will also be an investment in our roads and bridges—infrastructure improvements that are needed to help turn around an economic situation that many in Southern Illinois face every day.”
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.