Illinois unveils $41 billion infrastructure program

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Chicago Construction News staff writer

Illinois has unveiled the largest infrastructure program in state history, with plans to spend $41.42 billion on roads, bridges, rail lines, ports and airports.

“On behalf of the hardworking men and women of the Union building and construction trades, I want to express our sincere gratitude to Governor Pritzker for his leadership and support of our state’s infrastructure workforce,” said Mike Macellaio, Chicago & Cook County Building & Construction Trades Council President. “We are proud to stand with the Governor in this endeavor.”

Spending with the new plan will top $41.4 billion on the state’s roads and bridges, rail lines, ports and airports.

The $29 billion in highway improvements, including significant investment in the much-needed reconstruction of the I-290 corridor, will support Illinois’ continued efforts towards a safe and efficient transportation system,” said James M. Sweeney, IUOE Local 150 President-Business Manager. “Modernizing our infrastructure is crucial for creating jobs, reducing congestion, and building a stronger economy. Our members are ready to get to work, ensuring these projects are completed to the highest standards.”

Governor Pritzker announced the new program in McCook to highlight a total $364 million investment in the Interstate 55 corridor in the Chicago area, including the rehabilitation of 49 bridges stretching from the Chinatown feeder ramps to Wolf Road.

The centerpiece is the reconstruction of the Illinois 50 and Illinois 43 interchanges, with modifications and signal improvements to reduce congestion and increase accommodations for people who walk and bike.

“Every job that we create, every commute we make easier, every accident that we prevent, that is what this work is all about,” Pritzker said. “I can say to all of you, sorry about the orange cones you see if you’re slowed down in traffic, but in another way, I’ll say sorry, not sorry.”

The new plan is set to start when fiscal year 2025 begins July 1.

“By investing in our roads, bridges, public transit, and ports, we are unlocking opportunities, connecting residents to jobs and essential services, and building a stronger future for our state,” said Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton. “This plan puts the needs of Illinoisans at the forefront, ensuring that every corner of Illinois will benefit from these transformative investments for generations to come.”

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