Illinois to receive $250 million for infrastructure improvements
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced the sixth $250 million installment through the Illinois redevelopment program.
According to the press release, the money is being provided to counties, municipalities and townships to improve transportation infrastructure. Funding from previous contributions of $250 million to improve local transportation has already supported nearly 3,800 projects across the state.
Projects include: $50 million widening and reconstruction of 80th Avenue, between 191st and 183rd streets in Will County; $14 million for improvements to the intersection of Ashland, Lincoln and Belmont avenues in Chicago; $4.5 million to improve Springfield Road between Townline and Toboggan avenues in Tazewell County; and $2 million for the reconstruction of Country Club Road in Decatur.
“The landmark, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois infrastructure plan is the largest infrastructure investment in state history,” Gov. JB Pritzker said. “And it’s not just roads and bridges that are being rebuilt. Rebuild Illinois is also expanding upgrading and modernizing broadband, universities and community colleges, airports, river ports, state parks, healthcare institutions, state residential facilities, and small business innovation hubs – all while creating and supporting hundreds of thousands of good paying union jobs. At its very core, Rebuild Illinois is an investment in our future – one that leads to economic prosperity and environmental sustainability for our entire state.”
Rebuild Illinois, the state’s first capital construction program in more than a decade, is investing a total of $1.5 billion in six installments to advance projects in 2,856 counties, municipalities, and towns. Projects include road and bridge improvements, traffic light upgrades, new storm sewers and bike lanes, sidewalk replacement, and other long-term maintenance needs, with financial oversight from IDOT.
Through its ongoing FY 2023-2028 Highway Improvement Program, IDOT is investing a total of $24.6 billion in road and bridge improvements. Of that, $5.8 billion is for the local transportation system.