The new Mississippi Bridge Project is facing a new obstacle. The Metro East Black Contractors Organization is suing to stop the Illinois Department of Transportation from handing out more contracts on the $760 million project until discrimination issues are addressed.
The organization says they aren't getting their fair share of work on the project. The group's attorney Eric Vickers says in addition to an injunction on awarding more contracts, the new lawsuit calls for IDOT to pay $650 million in damages.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that protesters from the Metro-East Black Contractors Organization will delay a planned protest to shut down work on the new Mississippi River bridge project until they speak with Ill. Gov Pat Quinn.
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Metro-East contractors delay Mississippi River bridge protest
According to the Belleville News-Democrat, about 200 protesters gathered at the East St. Louis City Hall early this morning, but delayed a protest to shut down work on the new Mississippi River Bridge. The newspaper reports Illinois Governor Pat Quinn promised to call and the state’s transportation secretary is heading to the city to meet them.