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6-year transportation construction plan unveiled by Gov. Quinn

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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:

  • Bridge replacement, land acquisition, utility adjustments and engineering for contract plans on Interstate 39/US 20/US 51/ Rockford Bypass under Perryville Road, southeast of Rockford, are programmed during FY 2015-2019 at a cost of $4.8 million.
  • Reconstruction for 0.9 mile, storm sewer, drainage improvements, culvert removal, retaining wall, utility adjustments and land acquisition on US 20/Illinois 84, from Gear Street to Main Street in Galena, are programmed during FY 2015-2019 at a cost of $12 million.
  • Resurfacing 1 mile, reconstruction of 2.7 miles, a bridge replacement, horizontal and vertical realignment, shoulder repair, culvert removals and replacements, land acquisition and utility adjustments on US 20, from Logemann Road east of Elizabeth to 0.2 mile west of Rush Street in Stockton, are programmed during FY 2015-2019 at a cost of $16 million.
  • Interchange reconstruction including bridge replacement, engineering for contract plans, construction engineering and land acquisition at Illinois 2; bridge replacements and reconstruction on 0.3 mile at the west and east channel of the Rock River; and engineering for contract plans, land acquisition and a bridge replacement at 20th Street on US 20 (Rockford Bypass) from Illinois 2 to 20th Street in Rockford are programmed during FY 2014-2019 at a cost of $47.8 million. Of this total, bridge replacements and reconstruction on 0.3 mile at the west and east channel of the Rock River is programmed in FY 2014 at a cost of $27 million.
  • Reconstruction for 0.6 mile, intersection improvements, traffic signal modernization, curb and gutter, landscaping, utility adjustments, land acquisition and engineering for contract plans on US 20 Business (West State Street), from Day Avenue to Independence Avenue in Rockford, are programmed during FY 2014-2019 at a cost of $12.1 million. Of this total, land acquisition and engineering for contract plans are programmed in FY 2014 at a cost of $3.9 million. SAFETEA-LU provided $1.1 million in HPP funds for this work.
  • Two miles of roadway reconstruction, utility adjustments, railroad crossing improvements, construction engineering and a railroad flagger Illinois 2 (North Main Street), from Riverside Boulevard to Auburn Street in Rockford, are programmed during FY 2015-2019 at a cost of $32.9 million, funded through the Illinois Jobs Now! capital plan.
  • Resurfacing 1.1 mile on Illinois 26 (West Avenue), from north of US 20 Business to Empire Street in Freeport, is programmed during FY 2015-2019 at a cost of $770,000.
  • Resurfacing 8 miles, patching and a railroad flagger on Illinois 72, from Stillman Road in Stillman Valley to west of Interstate 39 in Ogle County, are programmed during FY 2015-2019 at a cost of $2.4 million.
  • Resurfacing 1.4 miles, curb and gutter, new storm sewer, drainage work, utility adjustments, a railroad flagger and land acquisition on Illinois 75 (Blackhawk Boulevard), from the Rock River to Illinois 2 in Rockton, are programmed during FY 2014-2019 at a cost of $10.3 million. Of this total, land acquisition is programmed in FY 2014 at a cost of $189,000.
  • Turning lanes, culvert replacements, utility adjustments and land acquisition Illinois 76 at Illinois 173 in Boone County are programmed during FY 2015-2019 at a cost of $2.9 million.
  • Resurfacing and new shoulders with a milled rumble strip on 14.4 miles from the Winnebago County line to 0.3 mile north of Flagg Road; and reconstruction on 1 mile, a bi-directional left turn lane, curb and gutter, new storm sewer, a median barrier, a bikeway, pavement marking, utility adjustments and land acquisition from 0.3 mile north of Flagg Road to 0.2 mile south of Illinois 38 (east) in Rochelle are programmed during FY 2015-2019 at a cost of $13.5 million.
  • Resurfacing 13.9 miles on Illinois 251, from 0.1 mile north of Interstate 88 in Ogle County south to Chicago Road in Lee County, is programmed during FY 2014 at a cost of $4.2 million.
  • Bridge replacement and construction engineering on Perryville Road over the Union Pacific Railroad, south of Harrison Avenue in Rockford, are programmed during FY 2014 at a cost of $1.7 million. This is a local Illinois Major Bridge Program project with limited state funding and is contingent upon an agreement between the state, Illinois Commerce Commission, the railroad and the local agency.
  • Re-establish passenger service to the Rockford area, including two new stations in Rockford (Alpine Road and South Main Street). Trains will run at least one round-trip daily between Chicago's Union Station and Dubuque. The project is estimated to cost $60 million, and is funded through the Illinois Jobs Now! capital plan.
  • Rockford Multimodal Station. The City of Rockford will design and engineer a new multimodal station that will be built on the site of the former Amtrak station, just south of downtown. The station had not been used since the early 1980s, had fallen into disrepair and was demolished by the city at its own expense in 2011. This multimodal station will serve Amtrak's new Chicago-Rockford-Dubuque corridor with one round-trip train per day. The project is funded by $1.052 million from the state of Illinois and $2.268 in federal funding.
  • One phase of a multi-phased project to rehabilitate Runway 1/19 at Chicago Rockford International Airport at an estimated cost of $4,965,000.

More information on the plan can be found by clicking here.

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