Quinn Signs $1B Plan for Road Repair in Illinois

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By Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn has approved an approximately $1 billion capital construction spending plan intended to repair Illinois roads and bridges.

The Chicago Democrat signed the bipartisan measure Tuesday. It also provides lawmakers with opportunities for ribbon-cutting ceremonies in an election year. But some legislators were concerned the plan didn't offer details when the Legislature approved it.

Department of Transportation officials say the program will fund about 200 projects that could start this summer. The money is an extension to a $31 billion six-year capital construction program that some transportation groups say will run out of money this year. Quinn says the plan will create 14,300 jobs.

The projects will be paid for by selling bonds and paying back the loan with revenue from retired bonds.

Projects in southern Illinois include:

· $52.7 million to resurface 25.7 miles of Interstate 57 in Union, Johnson and Williamson Counties.
· $7.8 million to resurface 5.1 miles of Interstate 57 in Jefferson County.
· $7.3 million to resurface 4.4 miles of Interstate 64 in Jefferson County.
· $5.5 million to replace a bridge on Illinois127/Illinois 3 over Beaucoup Creek in Jackson County.
· $5.1 million to resurface 22.5 miles of Illinois 146 in Hardin County.
· $4.2 million to resurface 18.4 miles of Illinois 37 in Pulaski County.
· $3.6 million to resurface 15.1 miles of Illinois 145 in Pope County.

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