Governor Quinn Announces $1.8 Million for Bridge Project in Galesburg
Governor Pat Quinn announced a total of more than $1.8 million in capital investments to replace a bridge in Galesburg. The project is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.
“This bridge project will make traffic flow more safely and efficiently in Galesburg,” Governor Quinn said. “The project will also employ a number of construction workers, which will help the local economy, as well.”
The project involves the removal of a seven-span bridge and the construction of a three-span bridge to carry the Soangetaha Road, over the BNSF Railroad, including approach and re-alignment work. Brandt Construction Co. of Milan was the lowest of five bidders on their quote of $1,806,565.
The contract was awarded following a competitive bidding process and addresses a critical infrastructure need while creating construction jobs. The Illinois Department of Transportation will manage the project.
“Galesburg is a regional hub of railroad traffic, which is a major source of economic development for Knox County,” State Sen. Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) said. “As a result, Galesburg has historically been able to strike a balance between commerce and vehicle flows that keeps motorists happy.”
“I commend Governor Quinn for approving the funds for this local project,” State Rep. Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) said. “Not only does this project create construction jobs, it also provides for the replacement of an antiquated bridge with low weight limits that cannot currently support our modern fire trucks.”
This project is part of Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which is supporting more than 439,000 jobs over six years. Illinois Jobs Now! is the largest capital construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest capital construction programs in the nation.