Repaving Illinois 47/US 51 overpass, Lake Decatur bridges

roadconstructionSPRINGFIELD – Central Illinois roads and bridges will see millions of dollars in needed improvements thanks to State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill)).

Manar guided approval of a billion dollar construction plan through the Illinois Senate early Saturday. House Bill 3794 calls for $1.1 billion in construction spending to cover overdue maintenance on roadways, bridges and other infrastructure throughout the state. The money for construction would come from funding sources approved as part of the 1999 Illinois First capital program.

Manar made sure central Illinois wasn’t short-changed in the deal. For instance, the Illinois 48/US 51 overpass on the north end of Decatur will get a nearly $13 million upgrade. Another $6 million will be going toward Lake Decatur bridges. In all, nearly $21 million will be invested in Macon County.        

“This plan will jump start ‘shovel ready’ projects creating thousands of job statewide. It’s also the first state investment in decades that specifically targets areas of the state with high unemployment,” Manar said. “After a particularly brutal winter, we need to make necessary safety upgrades to several roads and bridges in the area.”

The plan is expected to generate nearly 23,000 jobs statewide.

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