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Road work ahead!

Published: Friday, June 20, 2014 1:09 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014 1:12 p.m. CDT

The Illinois Department of Transportation is expected to spend about $11 million in Bureau County road work projects this year, as detailed in the department’s 2014 Capital Bill Projects plan.

Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider announced the 2014 Capital Bill Projects earlier this month. As part of IDOT’s Capital Strategic Plan to build the 21st Century transportation workforce.

“Transportation drives economic development. As the country’s freight hub, we are in an enviable position in Illinois to take advantage of the opportunities to compete in today’s global economy,” Schneider said. “Both the public and private sectors are in agreement that we need to be doing everything we can to meet the workforce demands of our constantly changing industry. This Human Capital Strategic Plan will serve to build a common foundation on which we can work together to transform transportation for tomorrow.”

Among the local projects detailed in the 2014 Capital Bill Projects plan for Bureau County are the following:

• Resurfacing and cold milling work on Route 6/34 from west of Hazelwood Drive in Wyanet to Main Street in Princeton, a distance of 5.9 miles. The project cost is estimated at $1.9 million.

• Resurfacing and cold milling work on Route 34 from north of LaMoille to the LaSalle County line, for a distance of 5.85 miles. The estimated cost of the project is $1.6 million.

• Resurfacing and cold milling work for Route 26 from the Lee County line to Route 92, for 2.2 miles. Estimated cost is $600,000.

• Additional lanes, intersection reconstruction, curb and gutter storm sewer work on Route 26 beginning one-tenth mile south of Red Covered Bridge Road near Princeton and going south to Interstate 80, a distance of three-quarters mile. The cost of the project is estimated at $3,070,000.

• Resurfacing and cold milling work on Route 29, east of Negro Creek near DePue to Route 89, for a distance of 3.15 miles. Estimated cost of the project is $900,000.

• Resurfacing and cold milling work on Route 40 from Interstate 80 to Route 92, for a distance of 11.85 miles. Estimated cost of the project is $3.8 million.

In other area projects, IDOT plans to do resurfacing and cold milling work on 21.83 miles of Interstate 80 in Henry County from one-half mile west of Route 82 to the Bureau County line. The cost of that project is estimated at $21 million.

IDOT will also do resurfacing and cold milling work on Route 71 in LaSalle and Putnam counties, from Route 89 to two-tenths mile west of LaSalle County Road 54 in Cedar Point, for a distance of 4.03 miles. Estimated cost of the project is $1.15 million.

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