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‘We’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars in this region alone in projects that need to be built’

‘We’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars in this region alone in projects that need to be built’
February 8, 2017 Zachary Otte

This story was originally published in Belleville News-Democrat on February 6, 2017.


By Joseph Bustos | bnd.com/news


“As local transportation leaders listed some of the major infrastructure needs of the region, state officials said areas need to have their projects ready to go when state money becomes available.

One of the top priorities, they said, is rebuilding the Merchants Bridge, north of Venice, which is a vital part of the rail system that serves the Midwest and beyond. But doing so will cost more than $200 million.

The Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois on Monday had a transportation discussion panel at Lindenwood University-Belleville with a State Sen. Martin Sandoval, D-Chicago, who chairs the committee on transportation…”

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