$1.1 billion allocated for state-wide road repairs

By Matt Porter | mporter@wcia.com

Published 07/22 2014 09:17PM

Updated 07/23 2014 10:25AM

ILLINOIS -- Starting this summer, many state roads will get a face lift. The state is injecting $1.1 billion into road projects across the state as part of its first capital construction in five years. Many of the projects are shovel ready, and the Illinois Department of Transportation says construction will begin immediately.

It’s the latest capital projects bill for roads passed by the state since 2009 when Democratic Governor Pat Quinn spent $14 billion on roads as part a $31 billion capital construction program. This new bill will fund more than 210 projects and create an estimated 14,000 jobs.

"We're really excited to see improvements in our state's infrastructure and again to spur economic development,” said IDOT spokesperson Paris Ervin.

Counties in and around Champaign will see $45.8 million in road projects, including a major rehab project to resurface and add new guardrails on a 10-mile stretch of I-74 near Danville.

The Springfield area will see $83.7 million spent on projects, including almost $27.8 million to resurface and repair bridges on I-72/U.S. 51 in Macon County.

The money is paid through long-term bonds funded through existing revenue streams. It will not affect the Illinois budget deficit.

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