The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
-by Dessa Rodeffer, Quill Publisher/Owner
$573,000 for Bridge Replacement Project Underway near Disco
This Monday, the road west of Disco was posted closed for a bridge replacement project on a northern Hancock County Township road which is underway.
The road closing on 2900 N, came about with a capital investment of more than $573,000 by the state. "This work is part of our commitment to make the state's bridges safer," Governor Pat Quinn said. "The project will also employ a number of construction workers, which will help the local economy." The project is being managed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
The bridge carrying Township Road 7 over the Spring Creek tributary, is one mile west of Disco. Brandt Construction Co. of Milan, were the lowest of four bidders. The project is expected to be completed within in 65 "working" days according to Township Supervisor David Anderson.
Anderson said sthe mall narrow outdated bridge will see quite an improvement with a new 102' bridge span. The road will be raised 9' at the east end of the span and will be lowered by 3' near the Roger Crumb residence at the west end of the bridge span.
As usual, when the bridge is actually completed and the road reopened, will be dependent upon the weather.
Around the corner from the Disco bridge project, turning south south off of the Disco blacktop onto Township Road 2400 E is more construction underway on land owned by the Carroll Farms of Carthage. According to the Carrolls, a swine finishing facility is being built.
Down the road at the John Henry and Pat Rodeffer farm, calves are being born, another sign of Spring for many cattlemen in the area. This Saturday two calves were born in the afternoon and within 20 minutes, they were up and nursing. These are four of the March calves.