Harrison-Springfield answer?

July 1, 1993

Harrison-Springfield answer?

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The Illinois Department of Transportation is readying its answer to problems with the Springfield-Harrison extension.

John Wegmeyer, project engineer with the Dixon district office of IDOT, said Tuesday that the agency’s recommendations for fixing the difficulties will be ready within a week.

Wegmeyer said IDOT has completed core sampling at the site and also has had an independent consultant take samplings. Wegmeyer said the consultant’s findings and suggestions have been forwarded to his office.

He also said he has received a letter from the county regarding the problems and has additional input from Rockford Blacktop Construction Co., the contractor on the job.

IDOT stepped in and stopped work on the road project after a section of the pavement cracked and collapsed. The county blamed the contractor and said an embankment for the road was not properly constructed.

An engineer at the Dixon office said frozen material was not removed when the embankment was built, which later caused some settling.

Both state and county officials have been unwilling to state what amount of cost overrun has occurred on the roadway extension.

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