Funding for several Illinois Quad-City area projects is included in a $1.1 billion capital construction bill that was signed into law last month.
On Friday, Gov. Pat Quinn came to Coal Valley to offer details.
“This summer will be the biggest year ever,” Quinn, who is running for re-election in November, said at the site of a $17.7 million bridge replacement and resurfacing project east of the Interstate 74-Interstate 280 exchange. The project includes resurfacing 12 miles of interstate and replacement of the bridges over Coal Creek. McCarthy Improvement Co. is the contractor for the project, which began in June 2013.
In the capital construction bill, $1 billion will go to road and bridge projects included in the Illinois Department of Transportation five-year plan. The remaining $100 million would go to local street repair projects. It will supplement the work that has been done under Illinois Jobs Now!
Quinn, who was joined by a number of local politicians, said the $31 billion program is supporting more than 439,000 jobs over six years.
Scott Verschoore, business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, or IBEW, Local 145, Moline, said that keeping the state’s infrastructure strong, “will support the state’s manufacturing, bring commerce here, and bring people here. Hopefully, it will bring vertical construction, too, as we look to build up.”
East Moline Mayor John Thodos said the money is not just being used for new roadways. “We’re taking care of stormwater and sewer issues at the same time. We have old sewers so when we dig up a roadway we fix the sewer and drainage systems at the same time. You’re going to have to fix them some time so we may as well do it now. I hate to see new roads dug up.”
Other ongoing Quad-City projects that are part of Illinois Jobs Now! include the $16.2 million John Deere Road reconstruction and fly-over bridge, the $6.2 million Illinois 92 widening and resurfacing, the $3.8 million U.S. 6 bridge reconstruction, and the $3.3 million Centennial Bridge (U.S. 67) structure repairs.