Governor Announces $19.6 Million to Replace I-70 Bridges East of Vandalia

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Published on June 26 2014 3:11 pm
Last Updated on June 26 2014 3:11 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Governor Pat Quinn Thursday announced allocation of more than $19.6 million to construct two Interstate 70 bridges over the Kaskaskia River near Vandalia.

Quinn said, "I-70 is a major east-west artery through Illinois and bridges are a critical part of the highway infrastructure. This project will replace aging bridges with new ones, increase safety and mobility through the region, and create jobs that will benefit the local economy."

Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel said, "It's good to see that this project is moving forward as these two bridges have been deteriorating for years. I-70 is the major thoroughfare for Fayette County."

The existing I-70 bridges will be removed and replaced with two six-span structures over the Kaskaskia River just east of Vandalia. Plocher Construction of Highland was the low of seven bidders for the job with a quote of $19,626,717. Construction will begin this summer and will be managed by IDOT.