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SPRINGFIELD – Local governments will reap the benefits of a $250 million grant program that allows them to invest in long-overdue local road and street repair, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) announced Wednesday.
“For far too long local governments have been forced to rely on patchwork projects to maintain outdated infrastructure,” Manar said. “The people who live there know what work needs to be done in their communities better than anyone, and I am pleased they have been given increased funding to address critical needs.”
This investment in local infrastructure is the second in a series of six being made through the bipartisan $33.2 billion Rebuild Illinois statewide construction plan, which Manar played an instrumental role in negotiating.
Funds will be distributed throughout Macoupin County as such:
- Macoupin County: $341,298.94
- Townships in Macoupin County: $588,597.25
- Cities & Villages in Macoupin County: $359,714.66
- City of Gillespie: $36,455.86
- City of Benld: $17,091.09
Projects eligible for this grant program include road and bridge improvements, repaving, traffic signal upgrades, new storm sewers, bike paths, sidewalk replacements and pothole repairs. Projects will be selected and managed locally in cooperation with IDOT.
“Roads left unkept for too long can have devastating consequences,” Manar said. “The projects resulting from this grant program will allow folks to travel throughout their community safely, and they will create sorely needed jobs as we continue to navigate the crisis of the current moment together.”
A full breakdown of the grant money coming to the 48th District broken down by county, township, and municipality can be found here: https://bit.ly/3a0cYaz