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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