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CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) has signed a new state capital construction bill that invests $1.1 billion in road and bridge projects to improve transportation and create jobs and boost economic development across Illinois, including northern Illinois.
In Ogle and Winnebago counties, the bill calls for $26 million to resurface 31 miles of Interstate 39/U.S. 51.
The bill, which follows Quinn’s six-year, $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, will deliver more than 210 projects and create an estimated 14,300 jobs. The legislation is part of Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.
“With this investment in our state’s infrastructure, we are immediately putting people to work, making our world-class transportation system even stronger, and generating economic development far into the future,” Quinn said. “I applaud the General Assembly for passing the legislation, which allows us to begin making these much-needed improvements now in northern Illinois.”
Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Erica Borggren said: “After the historic winter we experienced, many of our roads and bridges are in desperate need of attention. This construction program is the shot in the arm that our transportation system and our economy needs.”
July 22, the governor signed House Bill 3794, the capital construction bill, at the Circle Interchange in Chicago. The governor also signed Senate Bill 3224, which provides the General Obligation bond authorization needed to fund the $1.1 billion worth of transportation infrastructure improvements.
Construction on many of the “shovel-ready” projects has already begun this summer.
Investments in northern Illinois include $26 million to resurface 31 miles of Interstate 39/U.S. 51 in Winnebago and Ogle counties.
In addition to funding $1 billion in projects in the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) FY2015-2020 Multi-Year Program, the new capital construction program includes $100 million for municipal and township governments to improve infrastructure at the local level. The funding, distributed and overseen by IDOT, will help communities throughout Illinois combat potholes and make other critical infrastructure repairs.
Quinn’s Employ Illinois, an expansion of his efforts to train diverse workers for jobs in the construction industry and provide enhanced financial incentives to businesses that hire them, will be used in many of the projects funded by the $1.1 billion construction bill. Employ Illinois links job-seekers with training and hiring initiatives offered by IDOT and the Illinois Tollway, and increases the incentive paid to contractors from $10 to $15 an hour for each program graduate they put to work.
For a list of projects in the capital program, visit http://www.dot.il.gov/opp/planning.html.
In 2009, Quinn spearheaded Illinois Jobs Now!, the state’s first capital construction program in a decade. The $31 billion capital construction program has been the largest in Illinois history, supporting an estimated 439,000 construction jobs. The program included $14.5 billion for highway transportation through 2015. To date, through the program dedicated for transportation needs, IDOT has awarded more than 6,500 projects worth $15.92 billion, creating and supporting nearly 200,000 jobs. These have included improvements to 8,188 miles of roadway and 1,402 bridges across the state.
The bill signing, combined with Illinois Jobs Now! and the Illinois Tollway’s $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future, means the state of Illinois is carrying out one of the largest capital construction efforts in the nation.
Click here to view a list of statewide transportation infrastructure investment projects.
Posted July 23, 2014