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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 3, 2012

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State, Local Officials Cut Ribbon to Connect IL 13, US 45

$14.1 Million Improvement Project Provides Four-Lane Cross Section, Greater Accessibility, More than 110 Job
 

HARRISBURG – Illinois transportation officials today joined state and local dignitaries in a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the completion of a $14.1 million improvement project on Illinois Route 13, which built a four-lane cross section with modern design, turn lanes and signals. The project, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, provided more than 110 direct jobs and connects the highway to US 45.

“We must continue to invest in key infrastructure projects like the Route 13 connector to further improve safety and traffic flow on our busiest roadways,” Governor Pat Quinn said. “This critical project creates jobs, boosts economic development and paves the way for the growth of the trucking industry and local businesses.”

“This important improvement project in Southern Illinois directly addresses rising traffic demands, and significantly boosts safety, accessibility and economic opportunities in the region for many years to come,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “We are proud to announce the completion of the Route 13 expansion project, and are glad that motorists may experience the benefits first-hand when traveling on Independence Day.”

The last phase of the project included building a four-lane highway on IL 13, west of Harrisburg, from Lover’s Lane to Granger Street and then from US 45 to IL 13 on the east side of Harrisburg near Middle Fork of the Saline River. The IL 13 connector project provided improvements to IL 13 and US 45 from Harrisburg to Eldorado.

“State and local officials worked hard to secure funds for this massive road construction project in Southern Illinois,” said State Senator Gary Forby. “The project created good jobs and made a much needed improvement to infrastructure to help local businesses grow.”

The east segment of the project, from US 45 to a half mile east of Pankey Branch Bridge, was already completed and opened in Fall 2010. The west segment, from Lover’s Lane to Granger Street, was recently opened to full capacity so motorists could benefit from the new alignment while traveling during the 4th of July holiday.

"The expansion of Route 13 has not only provided over 110 jobs for our region, but will also reduce congestion and enhance travel in Harrisburg,” said State Representative Brandon Phelps. “The collaboration of federal, state and local entities working together has once again proven to be successful."

The improvement project completes the IL 13 connector in Harrisburg by routing the highway just north of downtown Harrisburg. The segment will greatly improve traffic flow, capacity and accessibility for transport in and out of area, and will ease congestion for the trucking industry and residents by redirecting large commercial vehicles away from downtown Harrisburg.

"The new Route 13 road in Harrisburg is a huge asset to our city,” said Harrisburg Mayor Eric Gregg. “We are working closely with IDOT and property owners in the area for future housing, industrial, and commercial development,” added Gregg. “IDOT continues to work with our city, and we truly appreciate it."

The prime contractor, George Jones of Marion, is placing the final wearing surface on the new alignment and anticipates the project’s full completion with final grading, seeding and striping by mid August, weather permitting. The project is approximately 1.5 percent under budget.

For more information on roadway projects within IDOT’s District 9 region, please visit http://www.dot.il.gov/projects.html#District_9.
 

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