State to Spend $26 Million on Bypass 20 Repairs
Governor Rauner's proposed $11.5 billion infrastructure plan has targeted repair spots that factor in to local economies.
The governor's plan will be implemented over the next six-years, through the Illinois Department of Transportation Multi-Year Proposed Highway Improvement Program.
Bypass 20, long in need of an extensive makeover, is one of several projects being highlighted because of their direct impact to local economic needs.
Some of the other projects included in the proposal are $205 million to replace Peoria's McCluggage Bridge, $36 million to repair exit ramps to Martin Luther King Drive in East Saint Louis and nearly $150 million for bridge repairs on I-80 in Will County.
“Investing in transportation creates jobs and economic opportunity, improves safety and makes Illinois a better place to raise a family,” Rauner said. “This plan will make Illinois more competitive while protecting the interests of the taxpayers.”
This multiyear plan is the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) first to embrace asset management strategies that commit to smaller repairs avoiding the higher costs of deferred maintenance. Using this approach, IDOT will realize savings over multiple years to eventually invest in other projects throughout the state. The plan also builds upon the latest in data-driven tools to help identify projects that provide the most value to the public while improving quality of life and regional mobility.