ELGIN – State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) announced this week that local communities would be receiving more than $9 million in funding from the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Multi-Year Improvement Program to develop state highways in the area.

“I’m proud to have worked with local leaders and IDOT to secure funding for these projects,” Castro said. “As our state begins to open back up, these road improvements will ensure locals and visitors alike experience safe and easy travel around our community.”

Upgrades will consist of rehabilitating about seven miles of road along Illinois 19 and Illinois 58 in Elgin and Streamwood. The upgrades are a part of IDOT’s six year program to maintain and expand Illinois’ transportation infrastructure.

“I want to thank Senator Castro and IDOT Secretary Osman for providing Streamwood with this funding,” Streamwood Village President Billie Roth said. “These regional improvements will bring good-paying jobs to our area, as well as making it easier for drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists to get around.”

Other area improvements include bridge replacements and repairs and various repaving projects throughout the 22nd District.

“These IDOT projects are critical to our businesses and residents as Elgin's economy continues to grow with the state's reopening,” said Elgin Mayor David Kaptain. "I thank Senator Castro for helping bring us these immediate, high-priority projects on major corridors into our community including Route 58 (Summit Street) and Route 19 (Chicago Street). These projects will provide relief to our residents and commuters as traffic counts continue to increase.”

Funding for IDOT’s Multi-Year Improvement Program comes from the Rebuild Illinois statewide construction plan supported by Senator Castro, and construction is planned to begin as early as July.