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IDOT plan includes local road improvements.

Byline: Submitted by State Sen. Paul Schimpf

SPRINGFIELD -A six-year Illinois Department of Transportation plan calls for improvements to roads and bridges throughout District 58, according to state Sen. Paul Schimpf of Waterloo.

The planned upgrades will impact infrastructure in Monroe, St. Clair, Randolph, Perry, Jackson, Union, Jefferson, Washington Counties, and more. The plan is set to start in 2019 and run through 2024.

Roadwork projects for 2019 include improvements of state routes 3 and 154 near Red Bud; routes 15 and 13 south of Freeburg; Route IL-37 south of Bonnie and Ina; U.S. Route 51 south of Carbondale; and Interstate 57 southeast of Anna.

Based on current funding levels, the FY 2019-2024 Proposed Highway Improvement Program aims to improve a total of 1,945 miles of miles of road and 525 bridges maintained by the state. The multiyear program also includes funding for upgrades to more than 750 miles of local roads and 922,933 square feet of local bridges.

The multiyear plan commits to smaller repairs that avoid 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.

"This is a plan that helps get the state on the right track toward truly meeting the needs of our communities and building a 21st century system of transportation," said Schimpf.

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Jun 6, 2018
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