Pritzker shares 5-year IDOT plan in Collinsville

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Pritzker shares 5-year IDOT plan in Collinsville

State announces efforts withIDOT during Collinsville visit

Ron DeBrock, ronald.debrock@hearstil.com

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  • Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker gestures Tuesday as he answers questions from the press at the IDOT offices in Collinsville where the governor announced a $21.3 billion multi-year plan to improve roads and bridges in the state. Pritzker said the six-year plan will maintain hundreds of thousands of jobs in the state. The plan calls for the improvement of 3,356 miles of state highways and $8.4 million square-feet of bridge deck.

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    Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker gestures Tuesday as he answers questions from the press at the IDOT offices in Collinsville where the governor announced a $21.3 billion multi-year plan to improve roads and bridges in

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    Photo: John Badman | Hearst Newspapers

Photo: John Badman | Hearst Newspapers

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker gestures Tuesday as he answers questions from the press at the IDOT offices in Collinsville where the governor announced a $21.3 billion multi-year plan to improve roads and bridges in the state. Pritzker said the six-year plan will maintain hundreds of thousands of jobs in the state. The plan calls for the improvement of 3,356 miles of state highways and $8.4 million square-feet of bridge deck.

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Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker gestures Tuesday as he answers questions from the press at the IDOT offices in Collinsville where the governor announced a $21.3 billion multi-year plan to improve roads and bridges in

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Photo: John Badman | Hearst Newspapers

Pritzker shares 5-year IDOT plan in Collinsville

COLLINSVILLE — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday morning joined the Illinois Department of Transportation in announcing the release of a $21.3 billion plan to improve Illinois roads and bridges over the next six years.

Under the 2021-2026 IDOT plan, about $1.82 billion would be provided to state highways in IDOT District 8 which includes Madison, Greene, Jersey and Calhoun counties.

Pritzker said the planned investment over the next six years is possible through the Rebuild Illinois capital plan, the first in nearly a decade. The full plan is available here.

“Illinois remains a hub for commerce and transit – and not just for this nation, but for the entire global economy,” he said. “We are the 5th largest economy in the United States, and the crossroads for national and international companies who need our roads and airports and rail and rivers and people to move their products.

”Even in a pandemic – especially in a pandemic – our transportation systems connect the lives of our residents and our communities,” he said. “The Multi-Year Plan we’re announcing today provides funding to reconstruct over 3,300 miles of roads and over 8 million square feet of bridges and, more importantly, create and support hundreds of thousands of jobs over the next 6 years for hardworking Illinoisans across our state.”

Last year, Pritzker announced the first Multi-Year Plan under Rebuild Illinois. Since then, IDOT began multiple construction projects, including the ongoing $67 million Interstate 255 rehabilitation project in Madison and St. Clair counties. Construction, begun in February of this year, will fix one of the worst roads in the state.

By closing I-255 completely during the work, IDOT officials say they will be able to complete the work in one construction season instead of several and save an anticipated $14 million.

Based on current funding levels, the FY2021-26 Proposed Highway Improvement Program will improve 3,356 miles of roads and 8.4 million square feet of bridge deck. Of the total $21.3 billion included in the six-year program, $3.15 billion has been identified for the current fiscal year.

More Information

IDOT 2021 Planned Highlights

• Delhi U.S. 67 bypass — $24 million

• I-270/Illinois 111 work — $19 million

• Illinois 162/157 intersection — $2 million

• I-270 planning — $500,000

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via The Edwardsville Intelligencer

July 23, 2020 at 08:30AM

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