Illinois Transportation Secretary Announces Mississippi River Bridge Projects Scheduled for June Letting
Projects Expected to Create Jobs, Enhance Minority
Participation and Promote Economic Development
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig
announced today four Mississippi River Bridge (MRB) construction
projects are scheduled for the June 17, 2011 letting. The
projects total more than $55 million and are expected to create
more than 100 direct construction jobs and support more than 600
additional jobs through expected economic development.
“We are excited that four more projects have been advertised for
the Mississippi River Bridge project,” said Hannig. “These
projects will bring additional jobs to the area and boost the
regional economy. As we prepare for construction, we are
continuing our strong commitment to ensuring these projects
include minority and woman contractors in the construction
The four MRB projects scheduled for the June 17, 2011 letting
- $4.5 million contract to construct lighting for the
entire MRB project. The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
(DBE) goal on this contract is 20 percent.
- $35 million contract to construct a new bridge and
retaining walls on relocated I-70 from 2nd Street to
I-55/70. The DBE goal on this contract is 20 percent.
- $9.5 million grading and drainage contract on relocated
I-70 from 1st Street to Industrial Drive. The DBE goal on
this contract is 15 percent.
- $6.5 million contract for a new bridge and embankment on
relocated I-70 over 1st street. The DBE goal on this
contract is 20 percent.
The four projects, totaling $55.5 million, are all state
funded and demonstrate the Department’s commitment to enhancing
minority participation in state-funded projects.
So far, 95 different Illinois and Missouri-certified DBE
companies have received 162 contracts to provide nearly $74
million in design or construction services on MRB projects. In
Illinois alone, there have been 83 contracts worth nearly $24
million awarded to DBE firms. The Illinois Department of
Transportation (IDOT) has met or exceeded DBE goals on all MRB
projects with an average of 18 percent. Between Illinois and
Missouri, there are 31 construction projects needed to build the
MRB. To date, 19 projects have been awarded and are either
completed or under construction.
As of March 31st, the overall workforce utilization on MRB
projects is 23.7 percent minority and 4.6 percent female. The
federal workforce participation goals for the MRB project area
are 14.7 percent minority and 6.9 percent female. IDOT will
continue to work closely with contractors and unions in an
effort to ensure all federal workforce goals are met or
The MRB project is a joint undertaking by the Illinois and
Missouri Departments of Transportation. Construction of the new
bridge is expected to result in 2,200 direct and indirect jobs
being created in the greater St. Louis Metropolitan area, with
1,200 anticipated to be Illinois-based jobs. The project is
expected to spur approximately $25.3 billion in regional
economic activity over the next 45 years.
The Mississippi River Bridge will provide congestion relief
across the region, especially on the Poplar Street Bridge. The
new bridge will be a four-lane, cable stayed structure that will
relocate I-70 off the Poplar Street Bridge and move the
interstate to its new location halfway between the Martin Luther
King Bridge and the McKinley Bridge.
The entire project will cost a total of $749 million and is
being funded through a combination of federal and state funds.
The MRB project is expected to be completed in January, 2014.
For more information about the MRB project, visit