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Through the late 50’s and early 60’s E.T. Simonds Construction Co., Howell Construction Co., and Franklin Asphalt Co. continued to grow and acquire more equipment.┬áThe first paving project on I-57 for E.T. Simonds Construction Co. was between IL Rt. 146 and Dongola. Several projects were completed on I-57 between then and when I-57 through District 9 was completed at Cairo in 1975.