Illinois Releases $20.7B Infrastructure Plan
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Illinois governor Jay “JB” Pritzker joined various officials on May 19 to announce the release of a US $ 20.7 billion transportation blueprint for the state.
The proposed Motorway Improvement Program, also known as the Multiannual Program, covers fiscal years 2022-27. The plan provides $ 15.84 billion for the state transportation system and $ 4.87 billion for the local system.
Over the next six years, 2,779 miles of roadway and 7.9 million square feet of bridge deck are to be improved. Of the total of 20.7 billion US dollars, 3.3 billion US dollars were determined for the coming fiscal year. According to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, around 8.8% of bridges in Illinois are classified as structurally deficient.
The latest multi-year plan, announced earlier this week, aims to improve nearly 2,800 miles of road and nearly 8 million square feet of bridges.
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– IDOT_Illinois (@IDOT_Illinois) May 21, 2021
The plan provides $ 42 million to modernize local truck routes. Other major investments are $ 5.79 billion for road reconstruction and maintenance, $ 4.82 billion for bridge improvements, $ 2.59 billion for expansion efforts, $ 1.43 billion for systems support such as Engineering and land acquisitions; and $ 1.21 billion for security projects.
“We are continuing to build and continue to build infrastructure that will give Illinois its competitive edge and strengthen our status as a transportation hub in North America,” said Omer Osman, Illinois Secretary of Transportation. “This latest multi-year program means we will continue to make historical improvements to our transportation system, just as we have done throughout the pandemic.”
The investment outlined in the plan is backed by Rebuild Illinois, a 2019 approved infrastructure improvement initiative designed to support investments in roads, bridges, transit, education, state parks, historic sites, and clean water infrastructure.
The Illinois fuel tax rate doubled in 2019 as part of the Illinois rebuilding effort, and tax rates rose again slightly in 2020.
The state’s current fuel tax rates are 46.2 cents per gallon for diesel and 38.7 cents per gallon for gasoline.
Since its inception, Rebuild Illinois has supported a number of infrastructure funding opportunities, including the maritime transportation system and local truck routing projects.
“Illinois needs a reliable infrastructure that can safely move people and goods across the state,” said Senator Omar Aquino (D-Chicago). “Reducing traffic congestion, renewing roads, and rehabilitating bridges are key activities to sustaining economic activity and prosperity across Illinois.”
The multi-year program is expected to create thousands of jobs, which will be an important factor as Illinois recovers economically from the COVID-19 pandemic.
I am proud to announce that 100% normal @ Amtrak service will be fully resumed in Illinois on July 19, two months after today.
This will make it even easier for everyone to explore all that our state has to offer, while helping small businesses and small town economies.
– Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker), May 19, 2021
Pritzker also announced the return of full rail passenger traffic via Amtrak, which will resume on July 19. Services have been scaled back due to concerns related to COVID-19. According to the governor, approximately 4.9 million Illinois people are fully vaccinated against the virus.
Amtrak has stations in 30 parishes in Illinois and has connections to places such as Milwaukee and St. Louis.
“With Illinois residents regularly traveling the state for work and leisure again after the COVID-19 pandemic, making sure our infrastructure is safe and efficient is my top priority,” said Senator Melinda Bush ( D-Grayslake). “In addition, the projects outlined in the plan will provide thousands of jobs for hardworking Illinois people who have longed to get back to work.”
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