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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8, 2010

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Josh Kauffman (IDOT) 217.558.0517
Guy Tridgell (IDOT) 312.814.4693

IDOT, INDOT, State and Local Dignitaries Unveil $30.6 Million Bridge Structure over Wabash River

Section Will Improve Safety, Promote Movement of Goods and Services between Illinois and Indiana

MOUNT CARMEL-Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), state and local dignitaries today announced the completion of the IL Route 15 bridge structure over the Wabash River. The construction of the new structure began on March 25, 2008 and created/sustained 398 jobs.

“The new bridge structure will improve safety, increase traffic capacity and will now provide better access to businesses in both Illinois and Indiana,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig. “The completed project along with the newly widened lanes will promote the safe distribution and movement of goods and services throughout the region and decrease the likelihood of crashes and injuries.”

The structure, consisting of 19 piers and 20 spans, is 2,877 feet, 8 inches long. It was made with 2,267,740 pounds (1,134 tons) and 45,230 feet (8.56 miles) of steel rebar, 9,375 tons (1,000 truck loads) of concrete and 10,748 feet (2 miles) of precast concrete “T” beams.

The scope of work involved the construction of a new structure just south of the preexisting bridge, widened lanes and the demolition of the old structure once traffic has been moved to the new structure. Furthermore, the old truss structure had one narrow lane in each direction while the new structure now has one 12’ lane with a 12’ shoulder in each direction. Demolition of the old structure is scheduled to start in late December.

The project was awarded to Midwest Foundation Corporation & Halverson Construction Company Inc. for $30,645,615.72. The project was included in the FY2008 Major Bridge Program and is supported by a mix of federal, Illinois and Indiana state funds.

6,900 vehicles utilized the old structure per day. An increased daily usage rate of 8,900 vehicles is expected by 2025. Pavement connectors will be installed on the new bridge and traffic will be phased in from the old structure to the new structure within the coming weeks. One lane in each direction will be open for motorists to cross the Wabash River. Once the two-lane approaches are complete all traffic will be transferred to the new bridge.

For more information about other construction projects in IDOT’s District Seven, please visit http://www.dot.state.il.us/projects.html#District_7

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