Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Quinn Says Huntley Interchange Is "Jobs" Project
About 100 area officeholders, staffers and a few civilians were on hand to hear Quinn explain the interchange was all about jobs. "By investing in transportation, in roads, in bridges-- making sure we have interchanges--that helps us create an economic climate that brings new businesses here and keeps existing businesses growing here,” said the governor. He later conflated the interchange with Illinois' JobsNow Capital Program which he claimed had created 140,000 new Illinois jobs.
Huntley Mayor Chuck Sass grumped the project had been a long time coming. During the time Huntley lobbied for it, he said. "There've been six acting directors at the Tollway and the same number at IDOT." Sass agreed, however, the interchange would bring new business to Huntley.
Quinn spoke off the cuff and received a few glassy stares when he said that long ago he'd worked in Cary so he was "familiar with the Huntley area." He also stumbled giving credit for helping secure the project to "Senator Althoff and Senator Tryon"; Pam Althoff is, indeed, McHenry County's State Senator but Mike Tryon is one of its State Reps.
The estimated cost for the interchange was originally $69 million but Quinn said bids show a $7 million savings already. The full interchange is expected to open next year.