Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider joined together Wednesday to announce a six-year, $12.62 billion program to improve the state's infrastructure.
Between fiscal years 2014 and 2019, over 2,142 miles of highway and 517 bridges will be improved, replaced, or rehabilitated. Included in the plan is $7.2 billion in anticipated federal funds, $1.9 billion in state funds, and local and other sources will provide the remainder.
"These projects will make our entire transportation system safer, easier, more efficient, and ready to accommodate our current and future needs," Secretary Schneider said. "But they come with another benefit—the fact that we will employ thousands of Illinois men and women, and support numerous Illinois businesses, while construction is underway."
Included in those plans is restoring train service to Rockford. A new multi-modal station will be located where the old station was demolished in 2011. City of Rockford Capital Program Manager Pat Zuroske said they hope to being construction on the new station next year.
"The service is scheduled to begin sometime in 2015 and we hope to have the station ready prior to the service coming back to our region."
The following projects will also take place locally:
More information on the plan can be found by clicking here.
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