New Prairie State Energy Campus Requires Primary Access Route

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April 2007 – Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen, Inc. is providing civil engineering services for the primary access route at the new Prairie State Energy Campus in Washington County, Illinois. The plant and coal mine will use cutting-edge technology to generate more than 1,500 megawatts of clean, low-cost electricity to serve more than 1.5 million Midwest households.

Once built, the energy campus is estimated to inject $100 million into the local economy each year and will create approximately 450 skilled permanent jobs, according to a news release from the governor’s office. The $2 billion project will create 1,700 jobs during peak construction.

Prairie State Generating Company, LLC is a subsidiary of Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private-sector coal company, and the Prairie State Interest Group, which includes five Midwest electricity suppliers. The campus is the largest private capital project ever planned for Southern Illinois, according to the news release.

TWM’s role is to provide improvement engineering and construction oversight for the campus primary access route. The firm is designing modifications to 4.4 miles of existing roadway to handle heavy truck traffic and large volumes of traffic to and from the new plant. Work includes acquiring the necessary permits from governmental bodies, preparation of four intersection design studies, related roadway construction plans and bidding documents, preliminary rail spur alignments, along with other miscellaneous duties.

Construction of the roadways is expected to be complete in 2008.