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Money To Continue Work on Four Lane U.S. 51 in IDOT Road Budget

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The Illinois Department of Transportation has unveiled details of its six-year road construction plan.   

State Senator Kyle McCarter says in the fiscal year beginning July first, $434,000 is included for location studies on U.S. 51 from south of Pana to Centralia, extending from Shelby County through Fayette, Marion and Washington Counties.  $47.5-million is included for a new Kaskaskia River bridge on Interstate 70 just east of U.S. 51.  $9.2-million is set aside for bridge repair and nearly eight miles of road resurfacing on Interstate 57 from the Fayette County line near Farina to the Little Wabash River in Effingham and Clay Counties.  

State Representative John Cavaletto says money is also included for replacement of a four unit T-Hanger building at Salem-Leckrone Airport.  

Considerable resurfacing for Route 161 is included in the five year road program, but none is scheduled for next year.  $700,000 is budgeted for resurfacing of Illinois Route 161 from a third of a mile west of I-57 to Route 37.  $5.2-million is included for resurfacing of Route 161 from Randolph Drive on the westside of Centralia to Slant Road near Bartelso.  $1.1-million has been budgeted for resurfacing from Brendel Drive in Albers to Route 160 in New Baden.  

The five year program also includes $8.1-million to resurface Interstate 57 from the Marion County line to two miles south of Dix.  $10.3-million is set aside for resurfacing 4.4 miles and bridge replacement on the eastbound Illinois 37 interchange on I-64 from I-57 to Illinois 142 east of Mt. Vernon.   

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