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Bridge projects coming to county

Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 3:24 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 28, 2013 3:26 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Nearly $700,000 has been awarded by the state of Illinois for bridge cleaning and painting jobs in Bureau County.

On Thursday, Gov. Pat Quinn announced more than $1 million in capital investments for bridge painting projects will be done in Bureau and Putnam counties as part of the Illinois Jobs Now! plan, with three projects slated for Bureau County and one project for Putnam County.

In Bureau County, the first project will be the cleaning and painting of structural steel on the bridge carrying Township Road 364 over Interstate 80, located about three and one-third miles south of the Route 89 interchange.

In Thursday’s announcement, the governor stated two bids were submitted for the Township Road 364 bridge project, with the contract awarded to Three Star Painting Inc. of Merrillville, Ind., at a bid of $283,062.

The second approved Bureau County project is the cleaning and painting of structural steel on the bridge carrying Township Road 322 over Interstate 80, located about one and one-half miles east of the Interstate 180 interchange. Three bids were submitted for the project, with Three Star Painting Inc. of Merrillville, Ind., receiving the contract with a bid of $211,375.

The final Bureau County bridge project is for the cleaning and painting of structural steel on the bridge carrying Route 6 over East Bureau Creek, about one and one-third miles east of the Interstate 180 interchange. Again Three Star Painting Inc. of Merrillville, Ind., received the contract, with a bid of $200,000. Three bids were received for the project.

In neighboring Putnam County, Three Star Painting Inc. was again awarded the contract, for the cleaning and painting of structural steel on the bridge carrying Route 26 over Interstate 180. Two bids were submitted, with the Indiana company having the winning bid of $377,999.

In making the announcement, Quinn said the $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program is the largest capital construction program in Illinois history and is one of the largest capital construction programs in the nation. The Illinois Jobs Now! program has also supported more than 439,000 jobs during the past six years, the governor said.

The Illinois Department of Transportation will manage the projects.

Editor’s note: The IDOT engineer could not be reached by press time to confirm expected starting dates for the local projects or if the bridges will need to be closed during the work.

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