23 Billion Dollars Go To Fix Roads And Bridges In Illinois
Governor Pritzker and IDOT (Illinois Department of Transportation) expect to spend 23 billion dollars over the next 6 years to fix roads and bridges according to WTVO.
A lot of this will be funded by the extra gas tax we all have to pay. With over 200 Million in the first two months alone from that tax, hopefully, this money is being put to good use. The plan does call for a number of projects in the Rockford area as well.
Here's what will be included in Rockford:
I-39/U.S. 20/US-51 from .5 mile north of Baxter Road to Interstate 90 0.3 mile north of Harrison Avenue Interchange and U.S. 20 from .7 mile west of Alpine Road to I-39. Resurfacing on 11.5 miles (including ramp repair) is programming in fiscal year 2020 at a cost of $21 million.
IL-2 over the Rock River in Rockton: bridge replacement, median crossover, engineering for contract plans and construction engineering are programmed during fiscal years 2020-2025 at a cost of $18.4 million. Of this total, engineering for contract plans is programmed in 2020 at a cost of $700,000. This project has been approved for IL Special Bridge Program funding.
IL-2 from IL-72 (E) in Byron to Beltline Road south of Rockford: Reconstruction of 10.6 miles, bridge replacement, culvert replacement, engineering for location, environmental and design studies, engineering for contract plans, land acquisition, railroad engineering, utility adjustments, and construction engineering are programmed during fiscal years 2020-2025 for $72.5 million. Of this total, engineering for location, environmental and design studes is programmed in 2020 at a cost of $3.5 million.
IL-251 over the Union Pacific Railroad 2.5 miles south of IL-75 and over Rockton Road 2.6 miles south of IL-75 in Roscoe: replacement of four bridges, engineering for contract plans and land acquisition are programmed during 2021-2025 at a cost of $13 million.
Here's the entire plan.