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Illinois unveils $34.6 billion transportation plan

KMOX News Radio St. Louis logo KMOX News Radio St. Louis 8/12/2022
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On Friday, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a six-year, $34 billion transportation infrastructure plan. Pritzker said $20 billion of that will go toward improving roads and bridge decks.

"I-55 will see additional lanes and reconstruction right here in Springfield all the way down to south of Illinois 123," Pritzker said. "On I-57, more than 20 miles will be repaved from Coles County line to Sedoras Road.

The funding, which was already approved by lawmakers, includes $10 billion for rail and transit systems, airport infrastructure and ports. Plus, money will be going toward highway reconstruction, system support like engineering and land acquisition, and safety and system modernizations.

The project is all backed by the state's "Rebuild Illinois" program, which was passed in 2019. That program seeks to invest into transportation systems statewide, creating jobs and promoting economic growth. It is the largest capital program in Illinois' history.

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