According to a recent audit by Illinois Auditor General Bill Holland, over one in seven roads in the state need repairs, despite an increase in taxes to pay for a $31 billion construction program.
The increases were approved four years ago, but 15 percent of roads were in need of repair last year, up from 10.8 percent in 2010. A spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Transportation says the department has been focusing on repairing bridges, leaving more roads in need of help. over 1,100 bridges have been fixed since mid-2009.
An advocacy group said earlier this month that one in every three miles of roads will be in "unacceptable" condition by 2018 unless significant changes are made.
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