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Bad news for the people who fix tires and busted axles: The state is putting nearly $4 million into fixing roads in La Salle and Putnam counties, including a stretch of Shooting Park Road where it intersects with Route 251.
Friday, Gov. Pat Quinn announced capital investments of more than $3.8 million for road projects under the “Illinois Jobs Now!” capital construction program. The list includes seven bridges and a section of Shooting Park Road running from Peoria Street west of Route 251 to Pulaski Street east of the state route.
“It’s pretty bad,” said Tom “Mr. Plow” Riordan of Peru, who’s spent much of the winter clearing the snow from the pockmarked roadway. “There are potholes, and I drive defensively because I don’t want to ruin my truck.”
Help is on the way.
The project also involves side-walk reconstruction, curb and gutter replacement, storm sewer relocation, traffic signal modification and other items. Len Trovero Construction of La Salle was awarded the $650,548 contract.
State Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) helped secure the funds because the potholes are everywhere and conditions becoming flat-out dangerous.
“The safety of motorists is paramount to me and these projects will help make travel easier,” Mautino said.
The projects announced Friday, to be managed by the Illinois Department of Transportation, also include:
** In Putnam County, two bridges along Route 71 will be replaced. One is about 1.1 miles west of Route 89 and the other a half mile east of Laughline Drive in Granville. D Construction Inc. of Coal City was the lowest of three bidders for the work at $918,170.
** In Ottawa, a bridge will be replaced carrying County Highway 15 over Covel Creek about eight-tenths of a mile south of County Highway 6 near Ottawa. Stark Excavating Inc. of Bloomington was the lowest of eight bidders at $555,106.
** In Streator, a bridge will be replaced carrying County Highway 15 over Wolf Creek about 7 miles northeast of Streator for $476,465 by Stark Excavating, Inc. of Bloomington, the lowest of six bidders.
** In Seneca, three bridges along Route 170 south of U.S. Route 6 in La Salle County will be replaced for $1,258,669 by D Construction Inc. of Coal City, the lowest of three bidders.
“The investments that are coming to this area are positive all around,” state Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) said. “These roads greatly need updating for ease and safety purposes, but it’s also great that the projects will be completed by local businesses, which provides a benefit to the economy as well.”
Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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