Capital bill has $40 million in road projects for area counties

Capital bill has $40 million in road projects for area counties

SPRINGFIELD — The $1.1 billion capital bill approved by Illinois lawmakers in one of their last acts in the spring legislative session includes about $40 million in road and bridge projects for Champaign and Vermilion counties.

"These are all projects that were vetted by the engineers at (the Illinois Department of Transportation) and are shovel-ready and will be built this summer," said state Rep. Chad Hays, R-Catlin.

"What some people had feared from a capital bill this spring was that it would be full of pork projects," Hays said. "But Minority Leader Jim Durkin said he was open to a capital bill that would include projects that were already in the queue at IDOT, and that's what we got."

Here's a look at the area projects and the estimated cost of each one.

Champaign County

— Bridge rehabilitation and deck repairs on Interstate 57, over Illinois 10 and the Canadian National Railroad west of Champaign, $3 million.

— Resurfacing and safety improvements to about 7 miles of Interstate 74, from west of Illinois 47 to west of Interstate 57, $8.5 million.

— Resurfacing of about 6 miles of U.S. 45, from Tanner Street in Rantoul to Thomasboro, $9 million.

— Resurfacing, guardrail improvements and pedestrian ramps on 8 miles of U.S. 150, from Illinois 47 in Mahomet to Mattis Avenue in Champaign, $2.6 million.

— Resurfacing of 5.4 miles of Illinois 130, from Windsor Road in Urbana to Madison Street in Philo, $2.8 million.

— Patching and resurfacing of 6 miles of Illinois 10, from Interstate 72 to Bondville, $1.8 million.

Vermilion County

— Resurfacing and guardrail maintenance on 10 miles of Interstate 74, from Illinois 49 to U.S. 150 west of Danville, $12.7 million.

Piatt County

— Resurfacing, safety improvements and bridge repairs to almost 9 miles of Interstate 74, from the DeWitt County line to 1.2 miles west of the Champaign County line, $10 million.

— A bridge deck overlay on Illinois 105 at Camp Creek and Interstate 72 north of Monticello, $925,000.

Douglas County

— Culvert replacement on U.S. 45 at a ditch north of Arcola, $335,000.

Ford County

— Cold milling and resurfacing of 3 miles of Illinois 9, from Illinois 115 to Baltimore Drive in Paxton, $1.3 million.

— Cold milling and resurfacing of 5 miles of U.S. 45 and Illinois 9, between Loda and Paxton in Ford and Iroquois counties, $1.7 million.

Iroquois County

— Resurfacing and bridge replacement on 4.5 miles of Interstate 57, from 2 miles north of U.S. 24 to south of County Road 2400 North, $13.6 million.

— Resurfacing of 3.5 miles of Interstate 57, from Illinois 116 to south of County Road 2400 North, $8.7 million.

— Cold milling and resurfacing of 2 miles of U.S. 24 and U.S. 45 in Gilman, $500,000.

Coles County

— Bridge maintenance on Lerna Road over Kickapoo Creek, southwest of Mattoon, $790,000.

Moultrie County

— Bridge maintenance on Illinois 32 at Lake Shelbyville, 4 miles south of Sullivan, $5.8 million.

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