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Road construction projects set to resume Friday after shutdown

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CARTERVILLE -- Several road projects in southern Illinois can start back up after local construction leaders got the "green light" to continue work.

E .T. Simonds suspended over two dozen projects through IDOT last Friday, because Illinois hadn't paid for them.

Thursday, road construction machines had empty seats, where crews normally sit. Last Friday, around 250 workers went home with no word on when they might return work.

"It is a weird site, especially when the work needs to be done," says Simonds. 

June 14, IDOT sent out a warning letter suspending all projects if the state didn't pass a budget by June 30th.

"Between material suppliers and subcontractors and material haulers, that number would probably even be twice that. So, I'd say the total effect of Southern Illinois due to this shutdown, at least in our part, was probably around 500 people," says Simonds. 

For nearly a week, Beck Simonds stopped work along Route 13 in Williamson County. He says about 90 percent of his company's contracts come from  IDOT, so 25 projects came to a halt right in the middle of the busy season.

Simonds says his biggest concern was for his employees. He didn't know when to tell them they could come back to work. 

"Our people are probably our biggest asset and when you start to disrupt that, disrupt that continuity, it's a major down fall," says Simonds. 

He says this shut down makes for the biggest his company has ever seen.

"I hope the plan that's put in place is good for  business in southern Illinois in general, for not only next week, but many years to come," says Simonds. 

He says he looks forward to calling his employees back to work.

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