Gov. Pritzker, IDOT announce ‘Rebuild Illinois’ road, bridge projects

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WEHT) – Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation have announced a multi-year plan of road and bridge projects across the state as part of ‘Rebuild Illinois’.

IDOT evaluated the condition, frequency of use, and crash and fatalities across the state’s transportation system.

Over the next six years, $23.5 billion will be invested in maintaining and preserving and expanding 4,212 miles of roadway and 9.2 million square feet of bridge deck statewide.

A full list of road and bridge projects can be found here.

This plan is designed to fix roadways before they deteriorate and become safety hazards.

Under the Federal Highway Administration, Illinois will prioritize maintaining its system over time, which the state says is a more cost-effective way to manage long-term needs.

This plan will dedicate more than 75% of the funds to reconstruct and preserve roadways and bridges, 16% to strategically expand the system in areas where data has shown the investment will be effective and the remainder for necessary traffic and safety improvements.

Of the major categories of state investments in the plan, $7.58 billion will go toward roadway reconstruction and preservation, $4.99 billion for bridge replacements and repairs, $1.59 billion for safety and system modernization’s like interchange reconstructions, $3.08 billion for strategic expansion of the system and $2.11 billion for system support like engineering and land acquisition.

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(This story was originally published on October 21, 2019)

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