Budget crisis could delay some road work in Illinois

| 7/16/2003

Illinois is diverting $367 million in transportation funds to help fix the state’s budget problems, and those who use the roads, including truckers, may pay the price.

The Chicago Tribune reported recently that the state may postpone repair of current secondary roads in the Chicago area as well as new expansions due to the budget crisis.

While larger projects are likely to move forward, the newspaper reported, smaller work – such as McHenry County’s Algonquin Bypass, the Randall Road bypasses and state route 22 on the north side of Chicago – may be delayed.

The Chicago metropolitan area, which includes six counties in the northeast corner of the state, receives nearly half of all transportation funding in Illinois.