Online Staff Report
FREEPORT, Ill. — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) announced June 26 capital investments of more than $1.3 million for a new bicycle path in the city of Freeport.
Funded by his Illinois Jobs Now! construction program, the project is part of Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.
“Soon, bicyclists will be able to enjoy more of the great outdoors in Freeport and get to their destinations more conveniently and safely,” Quinn said. “The project will also create jobs that will benefit the local economy.”
A bicycle path will be built along existing roadways in Freeport. The route begins at Clark Street, continues along Linden Street to Van Buren Avenue/Road, to a point along Illinois Route 26 just south of U.S. Route 20.
A portion will also be constructed from Heine Road to the existing trailhead at the Jane Addams Trail.
The work includes sidewalk construction, lighting, pavement markings and signs.
Civil Constructors, Inc., of Freeport, was the lowest of three bidders at $1,373,294. Construction will begin this summer and will be managed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
The Freeport project is part of Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years. Illinois Jobs Now! is the largest construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest construction programs in the nation.
Posted June 26, 2014