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$55M bridge replacement at Meredosia highlights local road and bridge projects

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(WGEM) - A six year, $12.62 billion construction program has been unveiled by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn that will improve roads and bridges statewide.

The most notable project in the Tri-States will include construction of a new $55 million bridge carrying Illinois 104 across the river from Pike County into Morgan County at Meredosia.

"They're working on some second stage engineering, looking at infrastructure, things like that," Meredosia Mayor Kenny Scott said. "They're buying property and getting prepared.

(See more about the bridge plan online at MeredosiaIllinoisRiverBridge.com.)

Scott said the location of the new bridge will be just north of its current location. Scott said proximity to town was a key factor community leaders pushed for in the plan.

"One of the options was to bypass town," Scott said. "One of the things we pushed real hard for was to keep the traffic in town."

According to the IDOT 6-year plan list, construction is scheduled to begin in 2015.

The projects are part of Governor Quinn's agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois' economy forward, while updating the state's transportation system.            

"Illinois is the transportation hub of the nation, and this program will ensure we have the modern infrastructure needed to compete with the world," Governor Quinn said. "This major investment in roads, bridges and public transportation will drive economic growth in every part of Illinois, and create tens of thousands of jobs."

The fiscal years 2014-2019 highway improvement program will improve 2,142 miles of highway, and replace or rehabilitate 517 bridges across Illinois.
 
Here are a few of the local projects:
 
 - Engineering for location, environmental and design studies and engineering for contract plans on US 24 (Maine Street) at the Quincy Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River. Projects are programmed during FY 2014-2019 at a cost of $3.5 million.  Of this total, engineering for location, environmental and design studies is programmed in FY 2014 at a cost of $1 million.
 
- Resurfacing, shoulder reconstruction and a milled rumble strip on 6 miles of US 24, from 0.1 mile east of Illinois 96 north to 0.1 mile east of Old US 24 in Fowler; culvert repairs and culvert replacements at Frazier Creek Tributary 1.7 miles west of Interstate 172; and crossing ditches 1.6 miles and 0.5 mile west of Interstate 172. These projects are programmed during FY 2014-2019 at a cost of $5.7 million. Of this total, a culvert replacement is programmed at Frazier Creek Tributary, 1.7 miles west of Interstate 172, in FY 2014 at a cost of $1 million.
 
- Resurfacing 6.4 miles of Illinois 57, from south of York Street in Quincy to 0.8 mile south of Laaker Road north of Marblehead in Adams County; a new bridge deck at Payson Avenue 0.5 mile south of US 24; and bridge rehabilitation including a new bridge deck at Curtis Creek, 1.6 miles south of US 24. These projects are programmed during FY 2015-2019 at a cost of $6 million.
 
- Widening and resurfacing on 2.4 miles of Illinois 96 from 0.2 mile north of the Adams County line to Old Illinois 57 in Pike County.  Projects are programmed in FY 2014 at a cost of $4.8 million.
 
- Realign a taxiway to meet current standards and increase safety at Quincy Regional Airport – the taxiway is currently too close to the runway to meet FAA regulations. The estimated cost for the project is $1,164,000.
 
- Replacing the Illinois 100 bridges over Little Blue Creek in Pike County – two projects totaling $2,775,000
 
- Replacing the Illinois River bridge at Meredosia - $55,000,000
 
- Culvert replacement on Illinois 96 south of Belleview - $1,800,000
 
- A new security and wildlife fence for the Pittsfield Municipal Airport - $412,666
 
- Bridge maintenance on the Illinois River bridge near Florence - $1,000,000
 
- A new right-turn lane from U.S. 54 onto Interstate 72 to mitigate congestion north of Pittsfield $300,000
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