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Metro East projects green-lighted in Rebuild Illinois capital plan

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation have released the department’s annual Multi-Year Plan of road and bridge projects across the state, which is the first to capture the historic impact of the Rebuild Illinois capital plan.

Using what it called “rigorous and objective criteria,” IDOT evaluated the condition, frequency of use, and crash and fatalities across the state’s transportation system in planning the improvements. Over the next six years, $23.5 billion will be invested in maintaining, preserving and expanding 4,212 miles of roadway and 9.2 million square feet of bridge deck statewide.

“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 Pritzker. “Illinois has some of the most important roads in America – let’s make them outlast and outperform those across the nation.”

“In my nearly 30 years at this agency, today might be the most important day in our history,” said Omer Osman, Acting Secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation. “This Multi-Year Plan gets us on the path to fixing our roads and bridges, putting policies into action that ensure our transportation system in Illinois is reliable, safe and provides economic opportunity for generations to come. It is the blueprint for how we Rebuild Illinois.”

This new Multi-Year Plan represents a shift in Illinois’ approach to its roadways and bridges. Previously, the state waited to rebuild until projects had deteriorated so much that they presented safety hazards; under guidance from the Federal Highway Administration, Illinois will now prioritize maintaining its system over time, which is also a more cost-effective way to manage long-term capital needs. To achieve that, this plan dedicates more than 75% of the funds to reconstructing and preserving roadways and bridges, 16% to strategically expanding the system in areas where data have shown the investment will be highly effective and the remainder for necessary traffic and safety improvements.

Of the major categories of state investments in the plan, $7.58 billion will go toward roadway reconstruction and preservation, $4.99 billion for bridge replacements and repairs, $1.59 billion for safety and system modernizations like interchange reconstructions, $3.08 billion for strategic expansion of the system and $2.11 billion for system support like engineering and land acquisition.

The additional state investment in Rebuild Illinois has also allowed the department to maximize federal dollars, bringing in tens of millions annually that would have otherwise been left on the table each year.

The FY20-25 Multi-Year Plan serves as a baseline plan in the Rebuild Illinois capital program. Updated plans, based on revenue and evaluation metrics, will be released each year and adjustments to projects will be made on an annual basis through the MYP.

Major highway projects of interest that are tentatively scheduled during the FY 2020-2025 time frame for District 8 and Southwestern Illinois include:

  • Interstate 55/Interstate 64 at Poplar Street Collector-Distributor eastbound from Poplar Street Bridge to Trendley Avenue in St. Clair County. Bridge substructure rehabilitation, a new bridge deck, bridge painting, a bridge deck overlay, bridge joint replace/repair and bridge repair are programmed during FY 2021-2025 at a cost of $34.9 million. A portion of this project has been approved for Illinois Special Bridge Program funding.
  • Interstate 55/64/US 40/Illinois 3 from Mississippi River to Interstate 64 (Tri-Level) interchange in St. Clair County. Reconstruction of 2.7 miles, lighting, bridge joint replace/repair, bridge deck overlay and bridge repair are programmed during FY 2021-2025 at a cost of $44.5 million.
  • Interstate 64 under Illinois 111 in St. Clair County. Interchange reconstruction, abridge replacement, ramp repair, engineering for contract plans, land acquisition, utility adjustments, and construction engineering are programmed during FY 2020-2025 at a cost of $28.5 million. Of this total, engineering for contract plans is programmed in FY 2020 at a cost of $2 million. This project has been approved for Illinois Special Bridge Program funding.
  • Interstate 64/U.S. 50 from west of Greenmount Road to 1.1 miles west of Illinois 158. Additional lanes and resurfacing on 2.2 miles, engineering for location, environmental and design studies and engineering for contract plans are programmed during FY 2021-2025 at a cost of $32 million.
  • Interstate 255/US 50 from Illinois 3 at Dupo to Collinsville Road in St. Clair and Madison Counties. Resurfacing on 30.2miles (including ramp repair), patching, a bridge deck overlay, a new bridge deck, bridge repair, shoulder repair, scour mitigation, bridge joint replace/repair, bridge deck sealing and bridge painting are programmed during FY 2020-2025 at a cost of $138 million. Of this total, resurfacing on 17.8 miles (including ramp repair), bridge repair, patching, shoulder repair, scour mitigation, bridge painting, bridge deck overlay, bridge joint replace/repair, bridge deck sealing and a new bridge deck are programmed in FY 2020 at a cost of $64 million.
  • Interstate 255 at Imbs Station Road and Davis Street Ferry Road in Dupo. A new interchange, land acquisition, utility adjustments and construction engineering are programmed during FY 2021-2025 at a cost of $49 million. SAFETEA-LU High Priority project.
  • Interstate 270 at Mississippi River in Madison County. A bridge replacement, engineering for contract plans, land acquisition, utility adjustments and construction engineering are programmed during FY 2020-2025 at a cost of $211.6 million. Of this total, engineering for contract plans is programmed in FY 2020 at a cost of $1million. Illinois is the lead agency for the project with Missouri sharing equally in the costs, except for the land acquisition and utility adjustments that are only on the Illinois side of the river.
  • Interstate 270 from Mississippi River to west of Illinois 203, including the Illinois 3 interchange in Madison County. Additional lanes and resurfacing on 2.3 miles, engineering for location, environmental and design studies, bridge superstructure work, land acquisition, utility adjustments and interchange reconstruction are programmed during FY 2020-2025 at a cost of $85 million. Of this total, engineering for location, environmental and design studies is programmed in FY 2020 at a cost of $500,000.
  • Interstate 270 at the Illinois 111 interchange in Madison County. Interchange reconstruction and construction engineering are programmed during FY 2021-2025 at a cost of $19 million. Provides for efficient freight movement.
  • U.S. 67 at Delhi Bypass in Jersey County. New construction of 3.2 miles of a four-lane expressway for the bypass around Delhi including grading, paving, drainage, signing and lighting is programmed during FY 2021-2025 at a cost of $23 million. In addition, land acquisition and utility adjustments from the Madison County line to Jerseyville are programmed during FY2021-2025 at a cost of $1.4 million. Rebuild Illinois project and SAFETEA-LU High Priority project.
  • Illinois 162/157 intersection relocation from the north junction of Illinois 157 to the south junction of Illinois 157 in Madison County. An intersection reconstruction, a new bridge, land acquisition, utility adjustments, engineering for contract plans and construction engineering are programmed during FY 2021-2025 at a cost of $19 million. Rebuild Illinois project.

This link will take you to other projects on the schedule for District 8:

http://www.idot.illinois.gov/Assets/uploads/files/Transportation-System/Reports/OP&P/HIP/2020-2025/district/dist_8.pdf

PHOTO: Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during Monday’s announcement of road and bridge projects across the state as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital plan. During a news conference Monday in Springfield, Pritzker called the plan “a big change from how previous capital programs have done this in the past when the state would let roads and bridges deteriorate so thoroughly that repairs have cost taxpayers far more than if they’d been maintained to a minimum standard.” (Capitol News Illinois photo by Jerry Nowicki)

 

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