Illinois announces $486 million spring construction program
Monday morning, Governor Pat Quinn announced $486 million in road and bridge projects statewide that will be started this spring – one of the largest early-season construction programs in the state’s history.
According to an Illinois Department of Transportation announcement, The City of Vienna is slated to receive $225 thousand for the construction of a pedestrian path along Rt. 45, from the Tunnel Hill bike trail to the Vienna High School.
Additionally, IDOT District 9, that cover Southernmost Illinois, will utilize over $18.6 million for projects across the district.
District 9 projects will include $4 million for repairs on the I-24/Ohio River bridge at Metropolis and $15.5 million for lane expansions on I-57 and Rt. 13 in Williamson County.
Many of the projects announced Monday are funded through legislation Governor Quinn championed in his State of the State address earlier this year. On those projects, IDOT is offering contractors a reimbursement rate of $10 an hour for hiring graduates of the Highway Construction Careers Training Program, an IDOT-sponsored initiative to encourage women and minorities to pursue careers in the transportation construction industry.
For a complete list of the work being carried out by IDOT this spring, go to: http://www.dot.il.gov/desenv/042613/042613letg.html.