Twelve infrastructure improvement projects in Southern Illinois were awarded Delta Regional Authority grants for construction totaling more than $8.7 million.

Delta awarded $100,000 toward a $255,000 park and ride center in Marion expected to create four new, non-construction jobs. Rides Mass Transit would use the facility to provide travel options on Illinois 13 for up to 16,000 Williamson County residents.

A $1.3 million road construction project in Herrin got a $100,000 Delta grant. The new road would provide access to a multi-phase senior living facility expected to create 15 new jobs.

Harrisburg got $100,000 in Delta money for a $155,000 system upgrade to locate leaks for repair in city’s sewer and water system.

About half of a $70,000 upgrade to three Crab Orchard and Egyptian Railroad bridges on the Marion line would come from a Delta grant. The project is expected to create and retain about 43 jobs.

Du Quoin was awarded $25,000 for a park-and-ride shuttle bus facility for transportation from the city’s business district to its Amtrak station. The project is expected to cost about $70,000.

Delta awarded more than $100,500 for improvements to Meridian Road in Williamson County as part of a $340,470 project for tourism asset expansion expected to create and retain 111 jobs.

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Construction and operation of an intermodal container freight terminal near Metropolis on the Ohio River is expected to cost $500,000 with Delta providing $75,000.

Embankment repairs on Illinois 45 near Carrier Mills got a $25,000 Delta grant for a $40,900 project.

Carmi plans to link Illinois 1 to Illinois 14 by extending a city road so a business may expand and build a new building. A new road will also be built to the city’s small business park. The project would cost more than $1.5 million with $100,000 coming from a Delta grant.

Dowell got $25,000 from Delta for flood mapping in a project of more than $32,000.

Repairs to a lift station serving businesses in Ullin would cost $144,000 with $25,000 coming from Delta. Seventy-nine jobs are expected to be created and retained.

A $330,000 project to improve the Prarie du Rocher-Modoc levee got $100,000 from Delta.

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