Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker Announces Structural Investments In Peoria's Busy McClugage Bridge

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker Announces Structural Investments In Peoria's Busy McClugage Bridge

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that's hilarious good afternoon i'd like to thank everyone for coming out today to one of the major infrastructure projects in the peoria area you can see all the cranes on the river and construction activity around us as idot works to replace the 73 year old eastbound span of the mccluggage bridge this bridge is a vital link between peoria and the communities of east peoria washington germantown hills and beyond with over twenty thousand vehicles crossing the bridge each way every day the current eastbound bridge which i crossed thousands of times going to work at illinois central college will be demolished and reconstructed as part of this multi-million dollar project infrastructure projects like this are vital to the continued economic growth of our region i am very pleased that the state of illinois is investing so much in peoria and the surrounding communities and now it is my honor to introduce someone who is dedicated to rebuilding illinois someone who is keeping the citizens of illinois safe and someone committed to making illinois a better fairer place to live for all of its citizens governor j b pritzker thank you mayor well thank you very much to mayor ali thank you for your leadership thank you for uh every day really standing up for the health and safety of the people of your city i also want to thank leader jahan gordon booth and leader dave kaler representative ryan spain who are here today it is always great to be with you to celebrate progress for the peoria region and thank you also for the number of times that we work in unison to get things done for the people of this region preserving and growing illinois's long legacy in the transportation sector is all the more important as we shape an inclusive economic recovery in response to the pandemic and thanks to the largest infrastructure investment in our state's history we get to do just that over and over again here in peoria in central illinois and up and down our 57th 000 square miles of the state so just as we marked the on time and on budget completion of the downstream murray baker bridge last fall we're back in peoria not even a year later to mark progress on another major thruway the 167 million dollar mcluggage bridge project carrying eastbound u.s 150 from peoria to east peoria on track for completion in 2023 its investments the program's investments like the rehabilitation of the mcluggage bridge well um they are representative of the kinds of things that we're doing all across the state but this bridge was first built in world war ii and carries about 20 000 as the mayor said 20 000 eastbound vehicles a day that will not only support freight routes on the illinois roadways but make day-to-day life easier for peoria and east peoria families who use this bridge to get groceries or to see their doctor or to visit the pharmacy with a new dick bridge that will nearly double its width the new structure will not only be safer smoother and faster at larger capacity but we're adding a protected bike and pedestrian path so this beautiful crossing point over the illinois river will be all the more accessible this all hands on deck effort to rebuild peoria consists of nearly 75 000 cubic yards of concrete over 40 million pounds of steel and roughly 750 000 man hours by completion none of this can happen without the amazing men and women of labor who make sure that the work that's done is of the highest quality and the highest safety ratings and so i want to thank clint drury the executive director of the west central building and construction trades and all of your members and mark matt bartolo matt bender uh paul flynn and darren smith my thanks to each of you and to all of your members for all that you do to improve people's lives all across central illinois in fact i want to ask for a round of applause for our members of men and women of labor i also want to recognize the highway construction careers training program it's an idot partnership with illinois central college to provide women and students of color the opportunity to get on the job experience toward full-time work and a career in the construction trades some of these grads are here with us today including raylyn johnson who will share her story with us in just a moment so let's give all of them a big round of applause too [Applause] rebuild illinois has kept this project moving forward while bringing about so many other improvements to the peoria area that's the power of a generational commitment to invest in the infrastructure that keeps us going and growing so far that includes nearly 10 million dollars to replace the too low portion of pinecrest drive over i-74 that's been too much of a nuisance for far too long it includes the now complete new farmington road bridge over kickapoo creek that required 20 million dollars worth of patching resurfacing and drainage improvement on i-74 even as we celebrate this project today we're not resting on our laurels many other major projects are ongoing in the peoria region including improving guard rails on illinois 6 and reconstructing western avenue in downtown peoria we are revitalizing our state and we're restoring progress here in peoria dedicating 45 billion dollars to problems all across the state that have sat untouched for decades taking the weight of car repairs and old public infrastructure off of our people's backs and supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs along the way so thank you all for joining us today and with that i'm pleased to introduce idot's illustrious and industrious leader secretary omer osmond [Applause] governor thank you i appreciate that thank you to governor prescott members of the general assembly liberal representatives and our friends in peoria and east peoria is starting with mayor lee thank you mayor peoria is my home i have raised the family and spent a huge amount or a huge part of my career here in peoria it is almost it almost feels like this bridge is one of my own kids as a matter of fact i was part of the team preparing this same bridge uh some 20 plus years ago i am that proud of the work we do here to start i would like to recognize key identity staff from our district 4 who are working on this project to start off i want to recognize our deputy secretary duck house who's in the crowd here uh region region three engineer thank you region iii engineer council garnett attorney warski who's a program development engineer who's a construction field engineer john love who's a resident engineer chad rather monegan assistant resident engineer kimberly george assistant to the regional engineer paul weibel and kim haskin both of whom are from our office of communication also i'd like to recognize the engineer and the private engineering firms uh who are working on this job michael backer led by michael becker international and hr green for providing their construction and inspection services and with that they do have an aggressive and i'm proud to say a very diverse team working with them and i'm going to recognize illinois construction and environment images thank government associate for peoria here infrastructure engineering mars starts casket engineering and terror engineering what a solid team and thank you for uh for your surface here i also would like to thank the illinois central college students and staff who are participating in our highway construction career training program this project is going to give these students a leg up on getting the experience they need to begin a lifelong career in the construction trades i upload your commitment to learning and making your community a better place we are standing next to one of the most critical and well-known peace pieces of infrastructure for all of illinois the mcluggish bridge this bridge opened in 1948 but it would have been much sooner if construction had not been slowed down or slowed down due to world war ii this break is that old as a history buff that made me stop and think the interstate system wasn't even created in 1948 a quarter could get you a gallon of gas about 1500 could get you a brand new car when we are finished here and you an improved and beautiful bridge is going to exist that is going to add capacity will move traffic much more efficiently safely and put this area in a position to handle traffic demands for decades to come i personally look forward to using the new path and river overlook under governor prisker leadership idad is delivering historic improvements all over the state just like the mcluggage bridge this governor and generals and the general assembly have put idat back in the business of building a premier transportation system for all of illinoisians we have major projects completing or coming to life in every corner of the state the mcluggish bridge is one more on a very long long list lastly i would like to remind the public this area is still going to be an active work zone for the next two years at least so please be patient slow down when you are approaching and driving through any work zone put down the device keep your eyes on the road thank you for your cooperation and thank you governor frisco again for your leadership and i look forward to coming back here and getting a rip and with that i would like to introduce um senator uh i think leader jihan gordon okay i'm not johan gordon thank you governor for coming to peoria with such good news thank you mayor ali for your leadership mr secretary thank you for your leadership this is a great moment because what we celebrate is something that we all agree upon i want to recognize my colleague senator wynn stoller who is also here the reason you have democrats and republicans at this event is that infrastructure is important it's not a bipartisan issue there aren't republican roads and democrat roads or republican bridges and democrat bridges they're just bridges and roads and we need to make sure that in illinois that they are up to the a standard this bridge is vital for this area because not only does it take people to and from work but it moves good and services through our area this community is going to grow it's growing right now and we need to make sure that we have the infrastructure to support all the activities that are going on let me just mention one other thing and the governor mentioned it briefly this is going to have a dedicated pedestrian and bike lane this is something that uh kinsel and karen and and i and leader gordon booth have been working on with the city of peoria and east peoria it's going to connect hundreds of miles of bike trail through this area and why do you think people come to a place like peoria to live it's because of the quality of life it's because there are things to do there's environment and nature to enjoy and this becomes part of that uh thank you governor for bringing that good news to us and now let me introduce my good friend and my colleague leader john gordon booth [Applause] there should be a certification for getting your mask off with earrings on uh good afternoon and so good to be with you in this space um on this beautiful monday uh thank you governor pritzker for always being a friend to this region of the state i can't tell you how much it is such a pleasant such a pleasant feeling to know that you have the a governor who is willing to not only spend so much time in our part of the state but also put his money where his mouth is in terms of directing resources uh to this part of our state you know peoria is a beautiful as you can see it's a beautiful beautiful place to live grow and raise a family and investment is what we have needed for a really really long time so the governor being here with us today uh if we could give him another round of applause for making peoria a priority investment as it relates to our capital bill um i'd be remiss if i did not give another extra special thank you to the men and women of the labor movement who are really going to be uh the true backbone of ensuring that this project is done on time and and built well we could not have the the beautiful infrastructure that we have in our part of the state without the men and women of labor so thank you so very much you know when we talk about the importance of infrastructure we cannot forget how many jobs it brings back to our community and one of the things as we were working on this capital bill in 2019 i really want to highlight is the fact that as we were putting together this capital bill and talking about the importance of infrastructure and how important it is for the moving of goods and services to and fro the importance in the safety component of why the infrastructure dollars were needed but one of the key factors in terms of putting forth and putting together this capital bill was also the importance of highlighting diversity equity and inclusion as it relates to who was going to get the contracts and what the workforce would look like and i'm proud to say that in this infrastructure package we were able to put in language that ensured that as it related to the largess of the state's dollars that are invested that are importantly invested in our community that the people who are able to work on these projects and that other contractors on these projects are all are also going to be uh they're going to look like the community and that's why you see women men people of color up here today because that is the importance and the intentionality behind the work that we're doing because we want everyone in and no one left out i think that's an important thing to note because you know in the last you know 16 months or so there's been a lot of talk about equity and inclusion but i want to say that this governor and his staff was talking about this long before last summer before the unfortunate death of george floyd and i think that that's important to notate because it shows that equity is not performative it's real and it has a real impact on people's lives and neighborhoods all across the city so thank you so much governor for being a partner in equity and inclusion as it relates to infrastructure projects you know not so long ago um just a few i only want to say a few short miles about a mile and a half that way i think it was october as a part of the build illinois project we were able to light the murray baker bridge on halloween last year and the next person you will hear from was also at that bridge lighting the next speaker that you'll hear from is a leader in the general assembly he is the wife excuse me husband of ashley he is a millennial father and he's also someone who was born and raised in peoria just like me who loves peoria dearly and we may come from opposite sides of the aisle but when it comes to issues that impact peoria we are always on the exact same page to lift peoria up i remember during the working during the makings of the capital bill we would be sitting back dreaming about all of the projects that we could bring to fruition in peoria into this region and we are beginning to check that list off but we have a lot more to come and that's what happens when people work together with no further ado please put your hands together for leader ryan spain [Applause] well good afternoon it's great to see everyone gathered here for another important bridge celebration i think there's probably no bridge within 100 miles of this point that won't be affected and impacted by our bipartisan investment in infrastructure in the state of illinois i'm so glad to be joined by my friend and colleague the newest member of the peoria legislative delegation and that's senator wynn stoller and everyone here is united in the importance of making investments in infrastructure in support of the thousands of people each and every day that use these bridges to come to the city of peoria to work to commute back and forth to their homes and to make sure that economic growth is a viable opportunity in the peoria region gathering here on this on-ramp it reminds me of something from probably 15 years ago raise your hand if you remember meet me in the middle were any of you in attendance at that so that was our one of our last big projects on the murray baker bridge and it was so interesting governor we had a big community celebration in the middle of an interstate bridge and it was unique because we would never have the opportunity to stand in that spot and look around from a pedestrian level at the scale of the illinois river the beauty of these bridges and sort of marvel at this infrastructure that changes now with this bridge with the mcluggage bridge and you've heard about how the vision of our community and hopefully is channeled through your legislative leaders have implemented something that will be very unique here a walking running and bike trail across the illinois river connecting the historic investments that we've made all throughout this community in a robust trail system that brings economic growth and quality of life to our community this will be a meet me in the middle opportunity each and every day on the mcluggage bridge i'm so thankful for the leadership of idot because under the leadership of secretary osmond we see a new vision for idot you know the idot of of decades ago was moving cars as quickly and safely as possible and they still do that better than anyone else in the country but there is a growing recognition that there is more to our infrastructure than just motorized vehicles we are doing that now with the mcluggage bridge and so secretary osmond you're one of my favorite peorians and we're always so grateful for your great work here in peoria and throughout the state of illinois secretary thank you and then lastly we are so honored uh and appreciative of the dedicated work of the men and women of the building trades who are here each and every day working in dangerous conditions and doing an incredible job i want to thank our laborers our iron workers our operating engineers each and every trade that's represented on this project behind us deserves our utmost thanks gratitude and respect and this work is so important and actually i'm so honored now to be able to introduce someone to share their story a member of the carpenter's local 237 and that's raylyn johnson raylan please come to the podium and uh tell us about your work please good afternoon my name is raylyn johnson i'm a graduate from hcctp i'm a graduate from hcctp class 25 i am currently working on the mcluggage bridge project as a second year carpenter apprentice and local 237 if it wasn't for the class i wouldn't be wouldn't be standing up here today and that's all i'll hand it back over to you you thank you very much ray lynn and i just want to say um we all feel just as lucky as you feel uh that you are becoming uh a member of the trades and uh trained and uh are expanding what we all know as the representation that the labor unions across our state want to have across women and people of color and we're really really happy about the work that you're doing um i also want to just take a moment before i take questions from members of the media to say i failed in my initial introductions to recognize win stoler the new senator um from this area and um you have a lot to live up to because when i come to peoria i introduce leader leader leader i expect that the next time i come yeah yeah that you'll hear leader win stoller and we got to work together on a piece of legislation that you introduced and uh and so i'm really happy to work with you and be here with you today having said that uh happy to take questions from members of the media a lot of legislators who were negotiating that were very uh clear to point out there was more office negotiating excellent about that portion of the bill uh i think after the last time they got a bailout if you will there was some concern you even told us that you would not approve of a bailout for exxon initially so my question is why should rate payers have to pay for a cleaner climate and not polluters well let me start by pointing out that that we had to negotiate with the owners of those nuclear power plants because without them we could not really have had an energy bill i when i uh talked first about this energy bill the very first thing i said is the utility companies are not going to write this bill and they did not write this bill the uh negotiation that we had uh over what uh support we would provide to the power plants that were losing money uh started with a thorough independent audit because five years ago when fijo was passed that wasn't done and i wanted to make sure that whatever it is that we're going to come to an agreement about was which can be fair and i wanted to make sure we weren't overpaying or giving them more than they deserved so we did that work and you know what we ended up with we ended up paying 1 6 on a megawatt hour basis what was paid the last time this was negotiated one-sixth per megawatt hour so last time six times was paid what we paid this time in order to keep these plants alive and keep those jobs going thousands of union good paying jobs so um that's something that i think we should be proud of now i want to make sure as you do that a company like exxon doesn't get anything that's undeserved because these folks are part of a deferred prosecution agreement they committed wrongdoing and we wanted to make sure that that wouldn't happen ever again so like i said they weren't in the room negotiating the energy or running the process of the energy deal but and we were insistent and so were the members of the legislature that are here that there would be strong ethics provisions in this energy legislation that would protect consumers no the question is do you want to lose the power production the electricity production or not do we want to import energy to the state this state by the way has good low energy rates and will continue to have that relative to other states and nuclear doesn't pollute carbon into the atmosphere so we want to make sure that we're not only producing a lot of energy but it's clean energy and the only way to do that is to maintain those nuclear vaccine plants can you clarify we're getting some questions from uh further north about uh whether or not there was an extension to the vaccine mandates did that apply just to the you also had some news since the last press conference about the uh we were asked we were asked by healthcare institutions in particular and a few schools to give a little more time in order to implement the testing regime that is necessary we've asked people to vax or in the alternative they can get tested and it was hard for some of them to implement that particularly the healthcare institutions interestingly because of a not having enough personnel they were that personnel is in high demand as you know in the hospital providing health care to people the testing piece was a difficult one for many of them to carry out so we gave a little more time for that and then as you know we've got our congregate settings uh where people are required now to get vaccinated well first of all that was not a state mandate as you know it's a federal mandate no it's actually the department of labor the u.s department of labor that is working with those private companies in order to make that happen thank you thank you oh

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