IDOT billSPRINGFIELD- Road construction and public transportation programs under direction of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will be able continue under a bipartisan plan recently approved by the Illinois Senate and signed into law by the governor.

“Rural communities downstate depend heavily on Illinois’ infrastructure,” said State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill). “This plan gives us the opportunity to continue improving our roads and transportation networks, and keeps our economy moving by retaining these jobs in our community.”

Senate Bill 2047 provides state funding for construction projects scheduled to continue into next year, and also keeps future projects on track through 2022.

Current projects that will avoid delays in funding include:
• A $1.5 million replacement of the bridge on Shipman Road that extends over Coop’s Creek in Shipman
• A $12 million overhaul of sections of I-55 and I-72 in Springfield to resurface and repaint roadways, and to repair and renovate bridges
• An $825,000 plan to improve intersections and sidewalks and to resurface the roadway on Illinois Route 4 in Girard

Future projects that were kept on track by the passage of the bill include:
• Over $18 million in resurfacing and shoulder improvements to Illinois Route 4 from Virden south into Madison County
• Roughly $5 million for bridge replacements along Illinois Route 16 in Piasa, Shipman, Nokomis and Ohlman
• A $2 million plan to resurface portions of Illinois Route 29 to construct a right turn lane in Rochester, and road resurfacing in Springfield and Rochester

In total, the plan provided approximately $2 billion in funding to keep construction projects throughout Illinois on track.

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