Quinn announces two major road projects

By WEEK Reporter

April 3, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 2:20 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Two major road projects are coming to the Peoria area.

Tuesday, Quinn announced the two projects at the Innovation Conference on Asphalt and Transportation (ICAT).  According to Quinn, the projects will create jobs, reduce congestion and improve the flow of goods and services throughout the Peoria area.

"In order to compete in the global economy, we must ensure that Illinois has a 21st century transportation system," Quinn said.  "We are committed to modernizing our roads and bridges in the Peoria area, which will create jobs and support economic growth throughout Illinois." 

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will complete the final phase of its widening of Illinois Route 8 in  Washington this summer and begin finalizing plans for the replacement of the BNSF Railroad viaduct over Illinois Route 29 in Chillicothe.  The two projects are to cost as estimated $12.4 million. 

Work on both projects is expected to begin later this spring.

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