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NAPERVILLE – With the release of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s multi-year plan to improve Illinois’ roads and bridges, State Senator Laura Ellman (D-Naperville) is pleased to see the Illinois Route 38 expansion between Wheaton and Winfield proceeding in 2022.

“Investing in our area’s roads and highways is essential to the safety of both drivers and pedestrians,” Ellman said. “I am thankful that the state is taking the next step toward making Route 38 more accessible and safe for people in our community.”

The IL Route 38 project proposes to widen the highway to include two 11-foot wide lanes in each direction and expand to a 16-foot wide barrier median. It also includes a proposed 8-foot wide shared-use path on the north side of the highway for bikers and pedestrians. IDOT’s plan expects the project to be completed within six years and to drastically improve the highway’s safety for both drivers and pedestrians.

In 2022, the state is investing in land acquisition to allow the project to keep moving forward.

The $20.7 billion multi-year plan is fueled by the bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital plan, which aims to overhaul the state’s transportation infrastructure, create thousands of local jobs and spur economic growth following the COVID-19 pandemic. This latest plan builds on the over 2,700 miles of state and local roadways and 290 bridges already improved through Rebuild Illinois over the past two years.

More information on the IDOT multi-year plan can be found on the IDOT website.