State and Local Officials Break Ground on
U.S. 67 Improvement Project
$39.6 Million Project will Create 500 Jobs, Improve Safety and Promote Economic Growth
CHAPIN- Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider,
along with other state and local officials, today broke ground
on a $39.6 million construction project to upgrade a segment of
U.S. 67 to a four-lane expressway. The improvement project will
create 500 jobs, improve traffic capacity, enhance safety and
promote economic growth along the corridor.
“Improving Illinois’ effective roadway system requires essential
upgrades and maintenance to accompany today’s traffic demands,”
said Secretary Schneider. “This important project, made possible
through Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! plan, will create
hundreds of jobs, boost traffic capacity and provide better
access for local businesses and communities.”
Ultimately, the corridor will be a north to south roadway system
that will provide a four-lane expressway from Alton to the Quad
Cities. When complete, it will provide a more efficient route
between western Illinois destinations and reduce traffic on
I-55, I-155, I-72 and I-74 as well as U.S. 61 in Missouri and
The 6.5 mile project is located north of Chapin along the
existing U.S. 67 and Illinois Route 104 in Morgan County. The
particular section of roadway is located 5 miles northwest of
Jacksonville. Limits of the improvement project are from 2.2
miles east of IL Route 100 to 0.2 miles east of Concord/Arenzville
Road (County Highway 7).
Construction work on the project consists of 6.5 miles of
proposed four-lane expressway, an interchange at Concord Road
including a structure carrying Concord Road over U.S. 67/IL
Route 104, and side road relocations and reconstructions.
Furthermore, the nature of the work will include the following:
earth excavation, grading, concrete pavement, shoulders, hot mix
asphalt on side roads, pipe drains, pavement removal, pipe
culverts, precast reinforced concrete box culverts, pavement
marking, signage, lighting, traffic control, seeding, and
additional miscellaneous elements.
The $39.6 million capital improvement project is an Illinois
Jobs Now! funded project that uses both federal and state funds.
R.A. Cullinan and Sons, Inc. is the low-bid contractor from the
June 2011 letting. The anticipated completion of the project is
in Fall 2013.
The area is home to numerous major employers such as the
Passavant Hospital, Pactiv Corporation (Reynolds Group Holdings
Ltd.), Nestle Beverage Co., and Eli Bridge Company- a
manufacturer of Ferris wheels and additional amusement rides.