Pritzker administration announces $250 million in infrastructure grants to Illinois counties, municipalities and townships
information provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (August 3, 2020) – Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation today announced the second of six $250 million grants to counties, municipalities, and townships to address local transportation needs. The funding ensures continued investment in Illinois’ transportation systems and helps maintain safe and reliable infrastructure at the local level.
“For too long, Illinois has relied on legacy infrastructure investments without tending to them properly to maintain our status as a transportation hub for the nation. Rather than build on our storied history and strong foundation, our critical infrastructure has been allowed to deteriorate,” said Gov. Pritzker. “Thanks to dedicated funding in the bipartisan Rebuild Illinois plan, we’re investing in our roads and bridges and cementing our leadership position as a global transportation powerhouse.”
This installment is part of $1.5 billion being distributed over three years to advance municipal, township, and county projects statewide. Eligible projects include road and bridge improvements, traffic signal upgrades, new storm sewers and bike paths, sidewalk replacement, and other long-term maintenance needs. Projects will be selected and managed locally with IDOT oversight.
The 141-page list of local agencies and awards can be viewed here (PDF). Lansing appears on page 22.
The local component of the Rebuild Illinois grant program is distributed via the state motor fuel tax formula, which resulted in in an additional $860 million for counties, municipalities, and townships in the past fiscal year alone.
Passed in 2019, Gov. Pritzker’s Rebuild Illinois program is investing a total of $33.2 billion into the state’s aging transportation system, creating jobs and promoting economic growth. Rebuild Illinois is the largest capital program in state history, and the first that touches all modes of Illinois transportation: roads and bridges, transit, waterways, freight and passenger rail, aviation, and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.
As part of the recently announced FY2021-26 Proposed Highway Improvement Program, IDOT is investing a total of $21.3 billion to improve roads and bridges over the next six years, the second multiyear plan that captures the impact of Rebuild Illinois. Of that, $4.7 billion will be dedicated to local transportation systems.