Major SE Illinois road projects get governor's approval | News
Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider to unveil a six-year, $12.62 billion construction program that will improve roads and bridges throughout Illinois while making major investments in public transportation.
Several projects in southeastern Illinois are in the plan which includes:
· Resurfacing 6.5 miles and bridge deck overlay on Interstate 64, from 6.5 miles east of the Wayne County line to 0.4 mile west of Illinois 1 in White County, are programmed in fiscal year 2014 at a cost of $12 million.
· Bridge replacement, engineering for contract plans and construction engineering on Interstate 64 at Wabash River in White County are programmed during FY 2015-2019 at a cost of $71 million. Indiana and Illinois will share the cost equally, with Illinois being the lead agency.
· Resurfacing 13.2 miles, bridge replacements and culvert replacements on Illinois 1/14, from Grayville to Carmi, are programmed during FY 2014-2019 at a cost of $5.2 million. Of this total, bridge replacement over Crooked Creek is programmed in FY 2014 at a cost of $1.1 million.
· Resurfacing 11.4 miles on Illinois 14, from Hamilton County line to Illinois 1 in Carmi, is programmed in FY 2014 at a cost of $3.2 million.
The plan includes $7.2 billion in anticipated federal funds, $1.9 billion in state funds and the remainder from local and other sources. Additional bond authorization will be required to continue funding these transportation projects. The $580 million remaining for road and bridge projects from Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program is also included in this multi-year program.
“Illinois is the transportation hub of the nation, and this program will ensure we have the modern infrastructure needed to compete with the world,” Governor Quinn said. “This major investment in roads, bridges and public transportation will drive economic growth in every part of Illinois, and create tens of thousands of jobs.”
The fiscal years 2014-2019 highway improvement program will improve 2,142 miles of highway, and replace or rehabilitate 517 bridges across Illinois.