State outlines highway repair plans

State outlines highway repair plans

SPRINGFIELD — The Quinn administration says it will repair 2,300 miles of road and 500 bridges over the next six years as it uses the last dollars from a massive public-works program.

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced the latest update to its road plan Monday. It calls for spending $9.2 billion by the year 2018.

That includes the last of the money from Illinois Jobs Now, a plan approved three years ago to pump money into construction projects and create hundreds of thousands of jobs. Construction work could decline sharply when the program ends.

The department says its latest plan provides $3 billion to rebuild and improve roads, $1.5 billion to repair or replace bridges, $1.4 billion to relieve traffic congestion and $756 million to build new roads.

In the Champaign-Danville area, the only project slated for the current fiscal year is work on U.S. 136 in Danville. It calls for the expenditure of $6.3 million for widening and resurfacing, a bi-directional left-turn lane, curb and gutter and traffic signal modernization.

But there are a number of large projects earmarked for the seven-county IDOT District 5 in the next six years. The area includes Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Piatt, Edgar, DeWitt and McLean counties.

Among those tentatively scheduled for the period fiscal years 2014-2018:

— $2.8 million for Lincoln Avenue from Olympian Drive to near Interstate 74 in north Urbana.

— $5 million for Olympian Drive from Apollo Drive to Lincoln Avenue.

— $1.1 million for the reconstruction of Flessner Avenue on the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, from U.S. 45 to Century Boulevard.

— $2.8 million for the reconstruction of 4.7 miles of Ridge Road in Piatt County from near Monticello to the Champaign County line.

— $3.25 million for the widening and resurfacing of Weldon Springs Road in DeWitt County.

— $1.25 million for a pedestrian overpass over Interstate 57 on Curtis Road. The project is contingent upon local agencies constructing a bike path.

— $8.5 million for resurfacing and safety improvements on 7 miles of Interstate 74 from west of Illinois 47 in Mahomet to west of I-57.

— $19 million to resurface nearly 16 miles of Interstate 74 in Champaign and Vermilion counties.

— $10.2 million to resurface 8.5 miles of Interstate 74 between Urbana and St. Joseph.

— $1.8 million to resurface 7 miles of U.S. 45 between Pesotum and Tuscola.

— $2.6 million to resurface 8 miles of U.S. 150 from Mahomet to Mattis Avenue in Champaign.

— $7.25 million to surface and rebuild Illinois 47 for 8.5 miles between Interstate 74 in Mahomet and U.S. 136 near Fisher.

— $8.2 million for widening and resurfacing of Illinois 130 from U.S. 150 to Windsor Road in Urbana.

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