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BUNKER HILL – Communities in Macoupin and Montgomery Counties will see more than $172 million in funding for road and bridge projects over the next six years as part of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s latest Multi-Year Plan under Rebuild Illinois, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) announced Tuesday.
“Transportation infrastructure is indispensable to a strong economic future, and the unprecedented health crisis we’re facing makes the timing of the Rebuild Illinois plan all the more significant,” Manar said. “The plan will help our economy rebound by creating thousands of jobs for families set back by COVID-19, while supporting the work and safety of professional truck drivers who are the unsung heroes of our fight against COVID-19.”
Over $172 million in funding will support 82 projects between 2021 and 2026. Of the 82 projects, 13 will begin within the next year. Manar worked in collaboration with county and municipal leaders to identify locations where infrastructure improvements were most needed.
The Multi-Year Plan will invest $21.3 billion statewide over the next six years to improve 3,356 miles of road and 8.4 million square feet of bridge deck.
Passed in 2019, Gov. JB Pritzker’s historic and bipartisan Rebuild Illinois plan is the largest capital program in state history. In its first year, the program improved 1,706 miles of roadway, and repaired or reconstructed 128 bridges across Illinois.
Manar led negotiation efforts on the bipartisan Rebuild Illinois plan on behalf of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus.
Projects included in the program were selected based on objective criteria, such as pavement conditions, traffic volumes and crash history.
Notable projects set to begin in the next year include over 13 miles of pavement preservation on the Nokomis Blacktop in Montgomery County and 1.24 miles of road reconstruction along County Highway 14 and Brighton Bunker Hill Road in Macoupin County.
Notable projects included in the full six-year plan are listed by county below:
- 2.34 miles of reconstruction and pavement rehabilitation along Interstate 55 from 0.6 miles north of Illinois 48/127 to 0.7 miles south of County Highway 17 at Farmersville Interchange
- 13.5 miles of road rehabilitation along Illinois 16 from Frey Avenue in Schram City to Gibson Street in Nokomis
- 13.11 miles of pavement preservation on the Nokomis Blacktop from Illinois 127 to 0.2 miles east of E. 20th Road
- 6.85 miles of road rehabilitation along Illinois 4 from south of Allen Road to north of Carlinville Square
- 4.4 miles of road rehabilitation along Illinois 4 from Carlinville School to Litchfield Road
- 5.98 miles of road rehabilitation and other improvements along Illinois 16 from the Jersey County line to Rose Lane in Shipman; and from Rose Lane in Shipman to 0.3 miles west of Illinois 159
- Nine miles of rehabilitation along Illinois 108 from Carlinville to the Montgomery County line
- 1.24 miles of road reconstruction along County Highway 14 and Brighton Bunker Hill Road from Fosterburg Road to Shipman Cutoff Road