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Illinois DOT to fund design for BNSF viaduct replacement


On Tuesday, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn today announced the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will provide $2.2 million to complete engineering and design plans for replacing the BNSF Railway Co. viaduct over Illinois Route 29 in Chillicothe.

The project calls for replacing the two existing viaducts with a single structure featuring three mainline tracks, a yard track, service road and pedestrian walkway. IDOT also will widen state highway 29 to two lanes in each direction between Truitt Avenue and the Senachwine Creek Bridge. Engineering and design is expected to take three years to complete, and construction is estimated to cost $22 million.

“These improvements will add much-needed road and rail capacity in the Peoria area,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider in a prepared statement.

The funding will be provided through the six-year, $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! Program, which the state created in 2009.

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