Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) announced a plan May 29 to invest $11.05 billion in the state’s roads and bridges over the next six years. That total includes $2.2 billion in state and federal money for 2019. That amount is part of the $38.5-billion state budget signed June 4 by Rauner, the first full budget he has signed since he took office in 2015. The plan proposes making improvements to over 1,945 miles of roads and 525 bridges maintained by the Illinois Dept. of Transportation and more than 750 miles of local roads between 2019 and 2024. The program focuses on smaller repairs and projects “that provide the greatest economic benefit to communities,” officials noted. “Investing in transportation creates jobs and economic opportunity, improves safety and makes Illinois a better place to raise a family,” Rauner said in a statement. “This plan will make Illinois more competitive while protecting the interests of the taxpayers.” Some of the projects in the plan include $148.4 million for I-80 in Will County and $26 million for the U.S. 20 bypass in Rockford.
Illinois Governor Proposes Six-Year, $11B Funding Plan
June 6, 2018