Quinn celebrates bridge rebuild
Governor cites 350 jobs created or supported from his capital program
STERLING – With the brand new First Avenue Bridge as a backdrop, Gov. Pat Quinn said Monday afternoon that the new span is symbolic of things to come for the state of Illinois.
“The bridge that connects the two communities is a very important metaphor for all of us,” Quinn said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the foot of the bridge in Rock Falls. “We have to be bridge builders in Illinois and America.”
The $27 million rebuild was completed a month ahead of schedule, officially opening Oct. 15. Freeport-based Civil Constructors began work on the project in mid-January.
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