Road work on campus gets state funds

Road work on campus gets state funds

CHAMPAIGN — Two local contractors and two campus road segments will benefit from $748,000 in state capital money, the state announced Thursday.

Gov. Pat Quinn's office announced that the money is slated for pavement work on Sixth Street between Armory Avenue and Gregory Drive and on Stadium Drive at South Neil Street.

Construction crews will also install bicycle lanes on those segments and replace traffic signals. The work is expected to start after May 19, when most students will have left campus, and be completed before they return for the fall semester.

Duce Construction Company of Champaign was the lowest of six bidders for the general construction work at $498,680, according to a press release. Champaign Signal & Lighting Company of Urbana will replace traffic signals for $249,730.

The project is part of the $31 billion "Illinois Jobs Now!" capital bill, which passed in 2009.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on February 07, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Yep, Quinn has to burn that 2009 money before he can get the legislature to support "Build Illinois", the new plan.  Face it; it is pork barrel spending for "campaign donations", and local votes.   The 2009 Pork Barrel Bill paid for dolphin pool liners, church roofs, baseball field lights, and other assorted "wants".  The spending continues, and the politicians profit.