SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — The State of Illinois has plans to invest billions into infrastructure as part of the $23 billion “Rebuild Illinois” capital program.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) expects to spend the money over the next six years toward fixing or repairing roads and bridges.
IDOT used condition, frequency of use, and crash and death statistics to come up with the list of projects.
Transportation Secretary Omer Osman said, “Just a few months ago, we were seriously looking at potentially closing bridges, putting off much needed safety repairs. The Rebuild Illinois program led by the governor puts us back in the business of building the world class transportation system our state deserves.”
Projects in the Rockford area that will be included in the project include:
I-39/U.S. 20/US-51 from .5 mile north of Baxter Road to Interstate 90 0.3 mile north of Harrison Avenue Interchange and U.S. 20 from .7 mile west of Alpine Road to I-39. Resurfacing on 11.5 miles (including ramp repair) is programming in fiscal year 2020 at a cost of $21 million.
IL-2 over the Rock River in Rockton: bridge replacement, median crossover, engineering for contract plans and construction engineering are programmed during fiscal years 2020-2025 at a cost of $18.4 million. Of this total, engineering for contract plans is programmed in 2020 at a cost of $700,000. This project has been approved for IL Special Bridge Program funding.
IL-2 from IL-72 (E) in Byron to Beltline Road south of Rockford: Reconstruction of 10.6 miles, bridge replacement, culvert replacement, engineering for location, environmental and design studies, engineering for contract plans, land acquisition, railroad engineering, utility adjustments, and construction engineering are programmed during fiscal years 2020-2025 for $72.5 million. Of this total, engineering for location, environmental and design studes is programmed in 2020 at a cost of $3.5 million.
IL-251 over the Union Pacific Railroad 2.5 miles south of IL-75 and over Rockton Road 2.6 miles south of IL-75 in Roscoe: replacement of four bridges, engineering for contract plans and land acquisition are programmed during 2021-2025 at a cost of $13 million.
For a full list of Rebuild Illinois projects, click here.