Rebuild Illinois program releases final $250 million installment

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Chicago Construction News staff writer

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Rebuild Illinois, the largest infrastructure investment in state history, has released another $250 million to counties, municipalities and townships to address local transportation needs.

“It’s not just roads and bridges that are being rebuilt,” said Gov. JB Pritzker. “Rebuild Illinois is also expanding upgrading and modernizing broadband, universities and community colleges, airports, river ports, state parks, healthcare institutions, state residential facilities, and small business innovation hubs—all while creating and supporting hundreds of thousands of good paying union jobs.

The state’s first capital construction program in more than a decade, Rebuild Illinois provided $1.5 billion for projects in 2,856 communities, including road and bridge improvements, traffic signal upgrades, new storm sewers and bike paths, sidewalk replacements and other long-term maintenance needs.

Projects include:

  • $50 million widening and reconstruction of 80th Avenue, between 191st and 183rd streets in Will County
  • $14 million for improvements to the intersection of Ashland, Lincoln and Belmont avenues in Chicago
  • $4.5 million to improve Springfield Road, between Townline and Toboggan avenues in Tazewell County
  • $2 million for the reconstruction of Country Club Road in Decatur

The program is the first to impact all modes of transportation: roads and bridges, transit, waterways, freight and passenger rail, aviation, and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

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