Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on December 30, 1970 · Page 13
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 13

Alton, Illinois
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Wednesday, December 30, 1970
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Highway picture improves Alton Evening Telegraph Wednesday, Bee. 8^ ftR Neatly 400 miles * i, or deficient highways been resurfaced or haw! ^ tinder contract for mi. prftvement during the test two years in District 8. which includes toe Telegraph areiL Robert Kronst, chief hkway engineer, said today, ' The Telegraph area4 five counties of Madison, Jersey, Macoupin, Calhoun, and Greene comprise a major portion of the « i — district 8. « was ban of Oov. Blchard B. OguWs - Immediate Action Road - program in which more than i,5oo miles of old, narrow roads In the state hav<t been - Improved during the i969«70 ... fiscal year, William fl. cental, - state director of public worts - and buildings, told the Telegraph. '- to the five-county Telegraph - area, several deteriorated and narrow highways were resurfaced with blacktop They include; Rte, 100 from Pere Marquette Park to toe 1 June- tion of the River Road at Grafton. '.' The River Road from Alton , to Clifton Terrace Road. Rte. 100 from the Junction of Rte. 109, west to U.S. Rte. . Jt 67. Rte. 3, from East Alton to : the Cahokia Diversion Canal. - Rte. 140, from Rte. 159 to Hamel and east of Hamel ta "• Alhambra. ; Rte. 4, from U.S. Rte. 66, east of Worden to U.S. Rte, 40. - Rte. 143, from U.S. Rte. M to US. Rte. 40 at Highland. Rte. 100, from Hardln to the "' Jersey County line. 7: Rte. 67, from Greenfield, ,. north. Rte. 267, from north of Godfrey to Jerseyville. Rte. 7, from the junction with Rte. 267 at Godfrey, . north to Medora. Rte. 108, from Rte. Ill to U.S. Rte. 66. Rte. 4, north of Carlinvllle , and Rte. 4 east of Carfihville . toBenld. ^ The resurfacing projects were virtually the only state highway construction jobs ,: underway in Madison-St. Clalr . counties during the last two • years. Most other highwair jobs were affected by a two-year ;. freeze of federal highway - construction funds in the two- county area. The freeze, however, was finally lifted early this year after construction unions and , contractors agreed to a plan , to train blacks for highway building jobs. T The resurfacing will con•>.. tinue during, the 197JI year r onto the jobs are completed. Aft additional ?106 million in r highway building has been earmarked for the district - under the governor's 1971 highway program. | : District 8 ended up with the . largest allocation of road ,:.. funds in the state outside the , district which includes Cook • County and Chicago. ! The large appropriaion for highway, construction comes as a boon to the econo nically- depressed East Side tod the Madison-St, Clair Bounties area, where unempoyment has reached nearly 7 per cent. However,, an economic uplift will not occur until - construction unions and .contractors get together and make an "honest" bid for what can easily be 10 years of work, Kronst said. Although the district has received the second largest road building allocation in the state, the two-county area, which holds the 'largest populaion in the district and has more roads, has been plagued with labor problems and high construction costs. Strikes a comparatively low labor productivity level, and prohibitive construction costs have held back millions of dollars in highway construction in the two counties, although the state has appropriated tax dollars for the jobs. Two major projects held up . for at least three years in the Telegraph area are the reconstruction of dangerous Rte. 140 and the Berm Highway. i Boy killed VICTORIA, TeMAP) - A boy from Mononk, I}),, was killed Tuesday by an automobile ttat struck; his bicycle on a rural road south of Victoria. Be was iOei tilled as James Matttow Ford, 8. Gov, Richard B. Oqilvie's 1969*1970 Highway Improvement Program I JJ x i i «C««OBE \ I DU PAGE 'I • "|y ..;! I Total Miles 3844 Total Structure* 321 ^_ , f — . UNCOLNH fJ S"~\ \ " I L 0 a G \ A N ,-wi- M\E N A! R 1 D I ur PUUIIKI *« ii ^^ i i -_1_J '**< Y N • E I H A M I L\T O N i '

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