The state announced last week the awarding of construction projects in and around the Riverbend. The total investment will be more than $7.1-million. Dave Blanchette, spokesman for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's office, says these projects are happening because of the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program - the first capital construction program the state had overseen after not having one for nearly a decade.
Among the projects are patching and resurfacing Illinois Route 111 from just east of U.S. Route 67 to the Madison-Jersey County line near Godfrey; crack routing and sealing for nine and a half miles on Illinois Route 255 from Route 143 to Seminary Road; Milling, patching, resurfacing and structure repairs on Illinois Route 143 from one-third of a mile east of I-55 to about a half-mile west of I-70 near Marine; and just over a mile of deck sealing on the McKinley Bridge over the Mississippi River at Venice. There is also a building demolition project in Alton near the Clark Bridge.