Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Announces $11 Billion Infrastructure Plan

- Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced an $11 billion infrastructure plan May 29 that aims to repair and upgrade the state’s roads and bridges. The plan, dubbed the Illinois Department of Transportation Multi-Year Proposed Highway Improvement Program, accounts for the next six years and includes $2.2 billion of state and federal funding in the upcoming fiscal year. The plan will support projects that yield the greatest economic benefit to communities and use long-term strategies to save money. The six-year highway plan is meant to improve 1,945 miles of state roads and 525 state-maintained bridges, as well as 750 miles of local roads and more than 922,000 square feet of locally maintained bridges. According to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, some 8.6% of Illinois’ 26,775 bridges are structurally deficient.

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