A $1.1 billion capital construction bill signed by Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday includes $13.8 million to widen and resurface six miles of Illinois 3 in Jersey County.
The legislation allocates $8.8 million for widening and resurfacing and $5 million for utility adjustments on Illinois 3 one-tenth of a mile north of Grafton Hills Drive to Illinois 109, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.
The bill will deliver more than 210 projects and create an estimated 14,300 jobs, according to a press release from Quinn’s office.
“With this investment in our state’s infrastructure, we are immediately putting people to work, making our world-class transportation system even stronger and generating economic development far into the future,” Quinn said. “I applaud the General Assembly for passing the legislation, which allows us to begin making these much-needed improvements now.”
The governor signed House Bill 3794, the capital construction bill, at the Circle Interchange in Chicago. The Governor also signed Senate Bill 3224, which provides the general obligation bond authorization needed to fund the $1.1 billion worth of transportation infrastructure improvements.
In addition to funding $1 billion in projects in the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) fiscal year 2015-2020 Multi-Year Program, the new capital construction program includes $100 million for municipal and township governments to improve infrastructure at the local level. The funding, distributed and overseen by IDOT, will help communities throughout Illinois combat potholes and make other infrastructure repairs.
Quinn’s Employ Illinois, an expansion of his efforts to train diverse workers for jobs in the construction industry and provide enhanced financial incentives to businesses that hire them, will be used in many of the projects funded by the $1.1 billion construction bill. Employ Illinois links job seekers with training and hiring initiatives offered by IDOT and the Illinois Tollway, and increases the incentive paid to contractors from $10 to $15 an hour for each program graduate they put to work.
For a complete list of projects in the capital program, visit http://www.dot.il.gov/opp/planning.html.