Manar Senate FloorrSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) secured nearly $21 million in construction projects in Macoupin County that will bring much-needed jobs to the area as well as address critical infrastructure needs.

“These improvements will benefit both businesses and residents in Macoupin County,” Manar said. “These funds will help to address some major infrastructure needs as well as create new construction jobs.”

The construction projects are part of six-year, $12.62 billion construction program by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) that will improve roads and bridges throughout Illinois while making major investments in public transportation. The plan includes $7.2 billion in anticipated federal funds, $1.9 billion in state funds and the remainder from local and other sources.

IDOT’s highway improvement program will improve 2,142 miles of highway and replace or rehabilitate 517 bridges across Illinois. Projects that are part of the fiscal years 2014 program will begin after July 1 this year.

According to the Illinois Transportation Secretary, 85 percent of Illinois roads that fall under IDOT's jurisdiction are in acceptable condition or better. The rate is projected to plummet to 65 percent by 2019.

“This is a matter of public safety,” Manar said. “We have to make sure that downstate receives its fair share of road funding projects so that our roads, bridges and public transportation are safe and efficient. While these current projects are important, Illinois is going to need another comprehensive infrastructure plan.”

The last time Illinois passed a comprehensive capital construction plan was in 2009. Sometimes referred to as “Illinois Jobs Now!,” the program invested $31 billion in the state’s roads, bridges, schools, hospitals and other public buildings.

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