Federal funding tops $182 million for infrastructure, environment projects

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Chicago Construction News staff writer

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U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin and Senator Tammy Duckworth have secured more than $182 million for Illinois projects in the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) Omnibus Appropriations Act. The bill passed the Senate and now heads to the House of Representatives.

“This appropriations package makes significant investments in the future of Illinois,” Durbin said. “This much-needed federal funding will help localities in Illinois launch important infrastructure projects, improve access to health care, advance environmental conservation, strengthen community violence prevention initiatives, support our rural communities to ensure they have access to the resources they need, and much more.”

Infrastructure projects include:

Peoria:  

  • $3.5 million to the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR) for modernizations to the federal buildings including repairs and/or replacement of aging heating and cooling, electrical, and pneumatic systems at NCAUR, a federal laboratory.

 Urbana: 

  • $500,000 to the Agricultural Research Service for repairs to the soybean field laboratory that houses the USDA Soybean Germplasm Collection, as well upgrades to heating and cooling, electrical, and water systems in a second building.

 Library Renovation, Dixon:  

  • $210,000 to the Dixon Public Library to renovate 1700 square feet of space in its current building, which is more than 120 years old.

Capital Improvements, Flora:

  • $2.5 million to Clay County Hospital and Medical Clinics to expand and remodel Flora clinic.

Capital Improvements, Mt. Morris: 

  • $1 million to Mt. Morris Fire Protection District for design, engineering and site work for the construction of a new fire station.

Bubbly Creek Restoration Project, Chicago: 

  • $1.3 million to the Army Corps of Engineers to complete design on the restoration of the South Fork of the South Branch of the Chicago River known as Bubbly Creek.

Des Plaines River Project, Cook and Lake Counties: 

  • $11 million to the Army Corps of Engineers to begin construction on a combined flood protection and ecosystem restoration project for the Upper Des Plaines River watershed.

NESP LaGrange Lock Project, Beardstown: 

  • $49.3 million to the Army Corps of Engineers to complete design on the modernization of the LaGrange Lock on the Illinois River.

Sewer Project, Cahokia Heights:

  • $3.5 million to the Army Corps of Engineers to complete a new sewer project in Cahokia Heights.

Sewer Rehabilitation Projects, Wood River and Belleville: 

  • $3.5 million to the Army Corps of Engineers to continue ongoing sewer rehab projects in Wood River and Belleville.

Solar Farm Project, Quincy: 

  • $1.4 million to the City of Quincy to install two solar farms.

Chicago Shoreline Morgan Shoal Project, Chicago: 

  • 200,000 to the City of Chicago to support the Morgan Shoal project to protect residential and public properties and Lake Shore Drive from flooding and erosion.

Horseshoe Lake Flooding and Restoration Project, East St. Louis: 

  • $500,000 to the City of East St. Louis for a flood control project at Horseshoe Lake State Park.

Stormwater Infrastructure Project, Hampshire: 

  • $518,000 to the Village of Hampshire to help fund the replacement of undersized storm sewers to accommodate the increases in stormwater this area sees.

Emergency Operation Center Project, Rockford:

  • $1 million to the City of Rockford for a Homeland Security Emergency Operations Center.

126th Air Refueling Wing Refueling Hangar Facility, Scott Air Force Base: 

  • $2.5 million for planning and design of a new Refueling Hangar Facility at Scott Air Force Base for the 126th Air Refueling Wing.

General Richard L. Jones National Guard Readiness Center, Chicago: 

  • $3.5 million for the planning and design of major alternations to the General Richard L. Jones National Guard Readiness Center in Chicago Illinois

Road Improvements, Chicago:

  • $1.2 million to Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways for full reconstruction of Butler Drive.

Affordable Housing, Chicago:

  • $1 million to Breakthrough Family Housing to provide 14 units of new affordable housing to families in the East Garfield Park community area on Chicago’s west side.

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