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posted: 4/22/2013 5:00 AM

Road construction initiative a good step

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The Illinois section of the American Society of Civil Engineers gave Illinois a D+ for our state's infrastructure. ASCE's report states that 73 percent of Illinois roads are poor or mediocre quality costing motorists $292 per year.

This report card is why we applaud Gov. Pat Quinn and the state of Illinois on their announcement of $486 million in road and bridge projects. An investment in our transportation system will not only benefit the citizens of Illinois but also our economy with the creation of thousands of construction jobs. We hope this initiative raises our grade in years to come.

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We know our state's infrastructure challenges firsthand and are pleased to see Illinois taking a big step forward.

As past presidents and current members of ISASCE, we are committed to protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public, and as such, are equally committed to improving the nation's public infrastructure. With spring upon us comes the start of construction season. As a reminder, please slow down and pay attention in construction zones.

Christopher Burke

President

Burke Engineering

Rosemont

and seven others

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