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Gov. Pritzker announces historic Rebuild Illinois Plan

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SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Governor JB Pritzker joined State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), officials from the Illinois Department of Transportation  and other state leaders Monday afternoon to unveil IDOT’s Multi-Year Improvement Program to improve road and bridge projects across the state. The Multi-Year Plan is the highlight of Governor Pritzker’s Rebuild Illinois Program and marks a historic investment in Illinois infrastructure.

The capital infrastructure plan, which will invest $23.5 billion in improving and expanding roads and bridges, is more than double the size of the previous year’s Multi-Year Plan. Projects outlined in the plan will cover 4,212 miles of roadway and 9.2 million square feet of bridge deck statewide over the next six years.

“All together, these road and bridge projects will create and support hundreds of thousands of jobs over the next five years for hardworking Illinoisans in every part of our state,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Illinois has some of the most important roads in America – let’s make them outlast and outperform those across the nation.”

State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) led negotiation efforts on behalf of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus.

“Ultimately, beyond repairing roads and fixing bridges that are in desperate need of repair, Rebuild Illinois as outlined by today’s Multi-Year Plan is going to put thousands of people to work across all parts of Illinois,” Manar said. “This is a sustainable program that’s going to be paying dividends to the people of this state for years to come.”

The Multi-Year Plan includes substantial changes to the way IDOT selects projects moving forward. IDOT will no longer use the “worst-first” approach to infrastructure project selection in which roads and bridges were allowed to fall into major disrepair before being fixed. Instead, the Rebuild Illinois program will prioritize long-term maintenance of key infrastructure assets by using data collected in the field to make repairs that avoid more costly projects in the future. This approach will extend the lifecycle of the state's most vital roads and bridges.

“This is a historic improvement which will save taxpayers potentially billions of dollars over the long run,” Pritzker said. “This is a grand slam for taxpayers because we are saving  money while  extending the life of our roads and bridges and improving public safety.”

A complete list projects coming across the state can be found here.