Construction News

May 17, 2019

Capitol News.  Legislators have evacuated Springfield and returned to their districts for the last scheduled weekend break before the end of session.


Show me a Capital Plan.  Talks have bogged down on a new Capital spending plan as legislators wrestle with the scope and revenue stream for a vertical component in addition to the Transportation Capital spending plan(s).  That is not to say the size and needed revenues have been totally agreed upon for transportation, but everyone is closer than on vertical.  AGCI and members from TFIC are still making the rounds to legislators and making sure they have the information they need to vote YES on transportation infrastructure spending.

Legislators are still wrestling with legalization for recreational marijuana for adult use;  expansion of gaming, including more casinos, sports betting, and more slot machines at existing locations; increases in the taxes on cigarettes and e-vapor cigs;  and taxes on beer, wine and liquor.  It seems that they are going back to the old playbook that “if it is a sin, tax it”.  Coupled with desired change in the income tax structure and attempting to pass a balanced budget, it is easy to see how trying it will be to wrap it up by 31 May.

Please look at the bills we are engaged with on the AGCI web-site.  Mark Strawn & Kevin Morphew  Lobbyists.  217.789.1570

The Frank Tyrolt Education Foundation Golf Outing is scheduled for June 21, 2019 at The Rail Golf Course in Springfield.  We have 36 golfers signed up already.

The day begins with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. Driving range and continental breakfast will be available before the start.  Lunch and awards follow after golf.

Thanks to the following sponsors:


Purple Wave Auction

Civil Constructors

Asphalt Stone

J.L. Hubbard Ins. & Bonds

Petersburg Plumbing & Excavating

P.H. Drew

Midwest Fence

Altorfer Cat—Beverage Sponsor

Advanced Asphalt—Breakfast Sponsor

Art Snyder—Lunch Sponsor

Please see the attached registration form for more information.

TFIC End of Week Summary for May 17 can be found at

IDOT Appointments.  Effective May 16, 2019, Mr. Jeffrey Myers was appointed as the Region Four Engineer, Office of Highways Project Implementation.  Also effective May 16, 2019, Mr. Masood Ahmad was appointed as the Region Two Engineer, Office of Highways Project Implementation.

Holiday Traffic Memo.  IDOT reminds contractors heavy traffic is expected during the Memorial Day period. Insofar as possible, traffic hazards should be eliminated on construction and maintenance work during the period. In accordance with Article 107.09 of the Standard Specifications, the holiday period will be from:

May 24 - Friday - 3:00 p.m. to

May 27 - Monday – 11:59 p.m.

All contractors on all types of contracts and all maintenance forces should be instructed to plan their work during the holiday period in accordance with the provisions of Article 107.09. Since the largest percentage of holiday traffic is carried on Interstate and other rural multilane highways, particular attention should be given to eliminating lane closures on these routes unless physically precluded by stage construction or exempted by the contract provisions.

Detour runarounds should be inspected for pavement markings, signing and needed surface repairs. Marked detours should be checked for proper signing and directional information.







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