Rauner announces $26 million reconstruction of U.S. 20 Rockford Bypass

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Governor Bruce Rauner announced a plan on Tuesday that would invest $26 million toward the reconstruction of the U.S. 20 Rockford Bypass.

Rauner plans to invest $11.05 billion in the state’s roads and bridges over the next six-years, through the Illinois Department of Transportation Multi-Year Proposed Highway Improvement Program.

“Investing in transportation creates jobs and economic opportunity, improves safety and makes Illinois a better place to raise a family,” Rauner said. “This plan will make Illinois more competitive while protecting the interests of the taxpayers.”

This multiyear plan is the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) first to embrace asset management strategies that commit to smaller repairs avoiding the higher costs of deferred maintenance. Using this approach, IDOT will realize savings over multiple years to eventually invest in other projects throughout the state. The plan also builds upon the latest in data-driven tools to help identify projects that provide the most value to the public while improving quality of life and regional mobility.

“At the governor’s direction, IDOT continues to innovate in how it chooses which projects to build,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “This is a plan that gets the state on the right track toward truly meeting the needs of our communities and building a 21st century system of transportation.”

Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

“I’d like to thank Governor Rauner and his team for their work to develop a plan for our roads that maximizes the amount of available federal dollars while taking advantage of cost-effective long-term maintenance strategies. This is great news for several local projects, including the US 20 Rockford Bypass. This doesn’t cover everything however, there is still a need for further work. I am optimistic that we can finalize the state budget process and then get to work developing a comprehensive capital plan to cover the additional needs across our state.”

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