By DOUG WILSON
Herald-Whig Senior Writer
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Highway and bridge projects worth more than $486 million were unveiled by the Illinois Department of Transportation on Monday.
Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois Secretary of Transportation Ann Schneider said funds from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program will allow for the improvement of roads and bridges throughout the state this spring.
Quinn said the projects will "put thousands of people to work."
"Illinois has a world-class transportation system and we are making it even stronger by carrying out one of the largest spring construction programs ever," Quinn said.
Projects worth more than $8 million will be launched in Western Illinois. The largest is a $5 million milling and resurfacing contract on U.S. 67 between Good Hope and the Warren County line.
Adams County's largest project involves $1.4 million in resurfacing on U.S. 24 near the interchange with Interstate 172 northeast of Quincy.
The capital program is separate from the Illinois Department of Transportation's annual multiyear road plan. That document must be finished in early April and officials say it may be unveiled to the public by the second week of April.
Illinois Jobs Now! was signed into law in 2009. It financed $31 billion in capital projects, including $14 billion for transportation work.
• $230,000 bridge rehabilitation two miles west of Ursa.
• $1.4 million patching, milling and resurfacing on U.S. 24 near the I-172 interchange.
• $300,000 resurfacing in Liberty.
• $160,000 for shoulder construction and ruble strips on Ill. 96, east of Nauvoo.
• $200,000 in intersection improvements at Denver/Plymouth Road, Ill. 94 and East County Road.
• $150,000 for reconstruction of 33 inlets along various locations on Ill. 96.
• $5 million for milling and resurfacing on U.S. 67 from near Good Hope to the Warren County line.
• $1.8 million for resurfacing of Ill. 106 to the east of Barry.