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Bridge work ahead!

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013 4:15 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON – Bureau and LaSalle counties will receive $5.8 million for two bridge replacement projects in the new year, with the bulk of the money going for the Bureau County project.

Gov. Pat Quinn made the announcement last week, on Dec. 19, saying the $5.8 million for the bridge projects in Bureau and LaSalle counties is part of the $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! Capital construction program. The projects will be overseen by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

“Replacing these key bridges will make transportation safer and more efficient in north central Illinois,” Quinn said. “The projects will also employ a number of construction workers, which will help the local economy.”

In Bureau County, the bridges carrying Interstate 80 over the Hennepin Canal, about one mile west of the Route 40 interchange, will be replaced, at a project cost of $5,233,01. The project has been awarded to D Construction, Inc. of Coal City, the lower of two bidders. The project will also involve the construction of crossovers, so traffic can continue to flow during the work, as well as the resurfacing along Interstate 80 in the vicinity of the project, Quinn said.

In LaSalle County, the bridge carrying Route 71 over a tributary of the Fox River will be replaced, at a cost of $567,905. The project has been awarded to Stark Excavating Inc. of Bloomington, the lowest of three bidders.

Local state Representative Don Moffitt thanked the governor for the release of the needed funds to upgrade these bridges.

“These projects continue in our efforts to make Illinois a safer place to live and travel,” Moffitt said. “Repair of these bridges shows the importance of having a capital bill for Illinois. It also shows why we will need additional capital building programs in the future as there are even more bridges in need of repair.”

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