Illinois officials have
unveiled a $9.1 billion road plan that would build new roads, improve current
ones and make other changes for the next five years.
The plan, announced by the
state’s Department of Transportation and the office of Gov. Rod Blagojevich,
would include work on over 4,500 miles of highway and more than 900 bridges in
That includes the
reconstruction of the Dan Ryan and Kingery expressways, both of which carry
traffic across Chicago’s south side, as well as adding lanes to Interstate 80
near the Indiana state line.
The plan would also improve
a portion of Interstate 74 through Peoria, bringing it in line with current
interstate system construction standards. And a number of rural highways would
also see expansion and improvement, including the U.S. 20 corridor across the
northern tier of the state, and U.S. 67, which runs north to south in the
western part of the state.
Matt Vanover, a spokesman
for IDOT, said that the plan will be presented to the General Assembly with the
governor’s budget. If the budget is approved, he said, that approval will
include the multiyear road plan.
That budget is contained in
a group of bills now before the General Assembly.
– By Mark H. Reddig, associate editor