West-central Illinois highway 336
to connect Quincy and Macomb
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Illinois 336 to bring new economic
development to region
and improve quality of life for area residents
[OCT. 27, 2004]
CARTHAGE -- Gov. Rod
Blagojevich joined state and local officials Tuesday to officially
break ground and begin construction on an important new segment of
Illinois 336, a four-lane highway that will connect Quincy and
Macomb. The highway is a major transportation initiative to spur
economic development in west-central Illinois, a largely rural area
of the state.
Responding to the overwhelming
demand for extending the original project farther east, Gov.
Blagojevich announced earlier this year his support for building an
Illinois 336 western bypass around Macomb, through his Opportunity
Returns plan for the west-central region. The bypass will eventually
connect Illinois 336 to U.S. 67. Preliminary engineering is also
under way for Illinois 336 from Macomb to Peoria.
"By connecting Quincy to Macomb, by
connecting Illinois 336 and U.S. 67, we are connecting western
Illinois with central Illinois," said Gov. Blagojevich. "Today we
reach a crucial milestone, because when we finish this portion of
336, we will be more than halfway done. This is a crucial step to
completing a major infrastructure project for this part of our state
that will pay tremendous economic dividends. It will assure that
people from all over can get here and find out what a great place
this is to visit, to work, to build and to live."
Sen. John Sullivan, D-Quincy,
thanked Gov. Blagojevich for moving forward with the project. "When
I've spoken with him, I've stressed just how important Illinois 336
is for the people of west-central Illinois, and he's listened,"
Sullivan said. "We need to continue working in Springfield to make
sure this gets done, to grow our economy and bring more jobs to the
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The Illinois Department of
Transportation began construction on this latest $20 million section
of Illinois 336, including the Carthage interchange, earlier this
month. It includes 5.3 miles of grading and paving of four lanes of
traffic from three miles south to two miles east of Carthage.
Earthwork on the interchange has begun just east of Carthage and
will continue into early winter as weather permits. The entire
five-mile section is expected to be complete by November 2006.
The fiscal 2005 budget includes the
$20 million for the work near Carthage and $1.7 million in
additional funding for continuing engineering and associated land
purchases. To build the remaining 25.2 miles of Illinois 336 from
Carthage to Macomb, $130 million is programmed in the current
multiyear highway improvement plan. The Illinois Department of
Transportation has already completed construction on 21.3 miles of
four-lane highway from near Quincy at U.S. 24 to just south of
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