IDOT Secretary Announces $22.8 Million
Upgrade of US Route 51
Section Will Improve Safety, Promote
Economic Development and Create 300 Jobs
ASSUMPTION- Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig was
joined today by state and local officials to announce roadway
improvements to upgrade US Route 51 to a four lane expressway
and provide a bypass to the east of Assumption. The project is
expected to create 300 jobs.
“This important roadway improvement will stimulate the local
economy, improve safety, increase traffic capacity and provide
better access to businesses, including the headquarters of Grain
Systems and Sloan Implement,” Secretary Hannig said. “US 51 is a
critical corridor through Central Illinois and its improvement
will help farms, businesses and residents throughout the
The 3.98 mile stretch of roadway is located between Pana and
Decatur, just1.5 miles north and 1.4 miles south of Assumption.
A new 4 lane expressway upgrade will expand traffic capacity,
promote economic growth along the corridor and improve safety as
vehicles will now be separated by a 50 foot median.
The scope of work consists of earth excavation, grading, lime
modified soil, hot mix asphalt full depth pavement, hot mix
asphalt shoulders, aggregate base course, bituminous concrete
box culverts, pavement marking, signage, lighting, traffic
control, seeding and additional miscellaneous improvements..
The project costs an estimated $22.8 million and is expected to
be complete in the summer 2012. The project is supported by a
mix of federal and state funds.
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