$1.6 billion state road bill includes $150,000 for one area project
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday signed legislation (HB4568) authorizing $1.6 billion in bonding authority for road, rail and transit projects all over Illinois.
But it has just $150,000 for one project in Illinois Department of Transportation District 5, which consists of Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, McLean, Piatt and Vermilion counties.
The $150,000 will go for preliminary engineering for the Illinois 130 widening project in east Urbana. Eventually, said Urbana Public Works Director Bill Gray, Illinois 130 (also known as High Cross Road) will be widened to four lanes from University Avenue south to about Florida Avenue. The project also will include traffic signal modifications at University and Tatman Court, and possibly new signals at Washington Street and Florida Avenue.
The actual improvements to Illinois 130, which are being made in anticipation of a new Menards store in Urbana, likely will begin in 2014, Gray said.
The vast majority of the bonding authority in the legislation will go to the Chicago area, including $211 million for freight railroad efficiency improvements, $392 million for Chicago Transit Authority rail line rehabilitation, and $817 million for various highway projects.
The projects are the next phase of a capital projects program that began in 2009. Illinois will pay for the projects by selling bonds.