Illinois Governer JB Pritzker announced at a press conference today that over $36 billion will be dedication to the Illinois Department of Transportation (“IDOT”). The funding comes from the bipartison federal infrastructure bill that based the U.S. House and Senate last year.
Pritzker is named this infrastructure plan “Rebuild Illinois The money will be used for highway reconstruction and bridge improvements, along with safety and system modernizations.
Below is a general breakdown where the money will be going:
- $25.4 billion for Illinois’ roads and bridges.
- $1.4 billion for major rail projects and added Grade Crossing Protection projects.
- $150 million for aeronautic facility improvements.
- $150 million in new funding for port improvements.
This is an incredible investment into our state that will hopefully make the roads safer, efficient and will also create thousands of new jobs. The one thing I would have like to hear more about is how any of this money will be used to help free up traffic in and around Chicago. I believe that is the plan, but I would have appreciated more specifics.