One of the largest spring construction programs in the history of Illinois is about to get underway.
The state will spend $486 million on nearly 200 road and bridge projects scheduled to begin before the end of April.
One of the largest projects will be $20 million worth of resurfacing and bridge replacement work in Henry County. Another $1.65 will be spend resurfacing U.S. 6 between Niabi Zoo Road and Illinois Highway 84. Crews will also rebuild State Street between U.S. 6 and Oakwood Avenue in Geneseo at a cost of just over $2.8 million.
Crewswill realign Niabi Zoo Road during the $4.5 million project to replace the bridge over Shaffer Creek just south of U.S. 6 in Rock Island County. Pavement patching and resurfacing projects on Illinois 92 in Rock Island County, from east of I-88 to west of the Henry County line will cost $920,000.
In Whiteside County, $4.2 million is allocated to remove and replace the Illinois Route 40 Bridge over the Hennepin Canal feeder south of U.S. 30 in Rock Falls. Crews are also slated to resurface Illinois 78 between French Creek Road and Mohawk Road in Morrison for $1.745 million.
In Knox County, $1.325 million will be spent on bridge painting, including six overpasses over I-74.
On some projects, contractors could be reimbursed $10 per hour for hiring graduates of the IDOT-sponsored Highway Construction Careers Training Program which encourages women and minorities to pursue careers in transportation construction.