38th Senate District would see millions of dollars in road and bridge work

Many roads and bridges in State Sen. Sue Rezin’s (R-Peru) 38th Senate District are slated to see millions of dollars in repairs or replacements in Fiscal Year 2016, as part of the state’s annual highway improvement plan.

“Our infrastructure is vital to our communities, families, and travelers,” Rezin said. “It also plays a major role in helping us boost our economy as employers look at our infrastructure when deciding if their goods can be delivered safely and on time. With Illinois’ central location and major distribution centers, not to mention our millions of visitors, our roads and bridges need to be in tip-top shape so people and products can move across our state safely.”

In Rezin’s 38th Senate District, proposed projects in IDOT’s highway construction plan for Fiscal Year 2016, which starts July 1, include:

–       Joliet/New Lenox/Minooka: reducing congestion – Ridge Rd. to U.S. 30 (Lincoln Highway ($500,000)

–       LaSalle County: bridge replacement – Milliken Creek (1.7 miles east of Illinois 71) ($800,000)

–       Grundy County: resurfacing – Gore Rd. north of I-80 to Benton St. in Morris ($2.5 million)

–       Bureau/Putnam Counties: bridge replacement – Illinois River bridge at Spring Valley ($29,500,000 – construction and engineering)

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) plans on spending $8.4 billion over the next six years on road and bridge construction projects and repairs throughout the state, as part of their Proposed Highway Improvement Program. The IDOT plan comes as Illinois’ infrastructure faces serious deterioration. Of the $8.4 billion, $1.85 billion will be invested in Fiscal Year 2016.

To see the multiyear program in its entirety and what projects are planned in certain regions in the state, can be viewed at goo.gl/gLOqt7. To see projects planned in the 38th Senate District, go to: http://www.idot.illinois.gov/Assets/uploads/files/Transportation-System/Reports/OP&P/HIP/2016-2021/ilsenate/sdist38.pdf.


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