Local governments receive $250 million for transportation needs through Rebuild Illinois program

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the sixth and final $250 million installment as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program is being made to counties, municipalities and townships statewide to address local transportation needs. The state’s first capital construction program in more than a decade, Rebuild Illinois is investing a total of $1.5 billion spread out in six installments to advance projects in 2,856 counties, municipalities and townships. Projects include road and bridge improvements, traffic signal upgrades, new storm sewers and bike paths, sidewalk replacements and other long-term maintenance needs, with financial oversight from IDOT.

“The landmark, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois infrastructure plan is the largest infrastructure investment in state history,” said Gov. JB Pritzker.

Funding from the previous $250 million installments to improve local transportation already have supported nearly 3,800 projects across the state. Projects include: $50 million widening and reconstruction of 80th Avenue, between 191st and 183rd streets in Will County, $14 million for improvements to the intersection of Ashland, Lincoln and Belmont avenues in Chicago, $4.5 million to improve Springfield Road, between Townline and Toboggan avenues in Tazewell County, and $2 million for the reconstruction of Country Club Road in Decatur.

The funding via Rebuild Illinois is in addition to the regular contributions to local governments through the state’s motor fuel tax formula, which already accounts for an increase of $1.137 billion since the capital program passed in 2019.

Rebuild Illinois is investing a combined total of $33.2 billion into the state’s aging transportation system, creating jobs and promoting economic growth. The landmark capital program is not only the largest in state history, but also the first one that touches all modes of transportation: roads and bridges, transit, waterways, freight and passenger rail, aviation, and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

As part of its current FY2023-28 Proposed Highway Improvement Program, IDOT is investing a total of $24.6 billion to improve roads and bridges. Of that, $5.8 billion is identified for the local transportation system.

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