The Illinois Department of Transportation has awarded state construction and road repair contracts to area contractors under a new wave of state capital plan projects.  State Senator Bill Haine ofAltonsays the contracts will pump over $100 million into our local economy, providing thousands of private sector jobs to workers in the Metro East.

The resurfacing of IL 140 in Alton near Cottage Hills suffered a set back as the project received a series of bad bids. Bidding will be re-opened this winter with an estimated beginning date for set for next summer's construction season.  Capital projects planned include the resurfacing of I-255 from Collinsville Road to Horseshoe Lake Road, widening of free-flow right turn lane at the intersection of US 67 and IL 143 by the Clark Bridge in Alton, rehabilitation of the Chain of Rocks Bridge carrying I-270 over the Mississippi River, an additional auxiliary lane and resurfacing of I-55/70 near the I-55/70/270 interchange, resurfacing of I-143 from 0.4 mile west of IL-159 in Edwardsville, amongst others.