Manar Senate FloorrSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) secured nearly $44 million in construction projects in Macon County that will bring much-needed jobs to the Decatur area as well as address critical infrastructure needs.

“A few months ago, Representative Scherer and I met with local officials and residents to discuss infrastructure needs in the Decatur area,” Manar said. “We were given a list of projects and told that several of the projects were a matter of public safety. When we heard that, we knew we had to make them a priority.”

"With unemployment rates at staggering levels, I believe it’s key that we come together to move vital projects forward that create quality jobs while ensuring that local infrastructure can handle current and future demand," said Scherer. "I appreciate working with Sen. Manar to identify local needs and address them in an efficient way, and we will continue to find ways to be responsive to the needs of our Central Illinois communities."

The construction projects are part of six-year, $12.62 billion construction program by the Illinois Department of Transportation 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.

One of the projects included in the construction program will reconfigure the intersection at Wood and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive – which has seen an increase in truck congestions since an ordinance was passed in Decatur last year prohibiting trucks and other large vehicles from using several streets downtown. The ordinance was passed because merchants and shoppers complained about the “wall of truck traffic” along Main and Franklin streets.

“I can’t stress enough how important it was to secure funding to reconfigure the intersection at Wood and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive,” Manar said. “With the increase in traffic at that intersection, it became a matter of public safety.”

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.

Macon County Construction Projects:

•    Resurfacing:
o    Cundiff Rd to Pershing Rd – $5.5 million
o    US 36 to Old Busn US 51 – $2.79 million
o    University Ave to 22nd St – $2.4 million
o    I-72 to IL 121 – $2.39 million
o    IL 121 to US 36 – $3.6 million

•    Bridge Repairs:
o    Lake Decatur – $5.9 million
o    Sangamon River 1 Mile South of Harristown – $17 million
o    Spring Creek – $130,000
o    US 51 in Harristown – $1.9 million

•    New Turning Lanes:
o    Martin Luther King Jr Drive & Wood Street – $1.5 million

•    Intersection Improvement:
o    24th Street – $750,000

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