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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2002

Governor Ryan Unveils $2.3 Billion Highway Improvement Program for Fiscal Year 2003

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today unveiled a comprehensive highway program for Fiscal Year 2003. The $2.3 billion program will focus on preserving and modernizing existing roads and bridges, improving safety and easing congestion on key highways.

"Illinois, like many states, is recovering from the loss of revenue due to the recession. But our transportation system is Illinois' life blood, and we will provide a program that will maintain a $2.3 billion annual budget for a third year which will address our transportation needs, create jobs and help dig us out of the recession," Governor Ryan said.

The FY 2003 annual program is part of a proposed $8.5 billion highway improvement program for FY 2003 to FY 2007. The multi-year initiative continues the focus on repairing and rehabilitating the existing network of roads and bridges.

"The five-year program I am announcing today will improve nearly 3,300 miles of highways and replace or rehabilitate nearly 750 bridges. This level of infrastructure investment will support nearly 203,000 jobs in the private sector construction industry over the next five years," Governor Ryan said.

Excluding the local program, the state program is comprised of $5.2 billion for preservation and modernization, $1.2 billion is programmed to help ease congestion, and $550 million is programmed for new roads.

The proposed five-year program is financed with $4.6 billion in state funds, $3.6 billion in federal funds, and local governments will contribute $268 million in matching funds. The national administration’s initial budget request to Congress was significantly reduced. Congress is considering restoring the federal monies to the states. If it fails to do so, the road program will be cut back to match revenues.

Over the five years, the road program will allocate $325 million to assist local governments. The $325 million is in addition to the nearly $3.2 billion of anticipated motor fuel tax funds that are distributed to local governments. The road program allocation includes $109 million for County Consolidated Program, $20 million for High-Growth Cities, $50 million for Needy Townships, $75 million for the Township Bridge Program, $35 million for upgrading local truck routes, $20 million for state matching assistance and $16 million to foster economic development.

Major projects for the FY 2003-2007 program include the following projects:

  • Interstate 55/74 from south of Illinois 9 to Interstate 39 north of Normal:
    Nearly $24 million in work south of Illinois 9 is nearing completion. This program continues the additional lane improvements northerly to Interstate 39. Reconstruction, construction of additional lanes on 5 miles, bridge widening, bridge replacement and reconstruction of the Illinois 9 interchange are programmed in FY 2003-2007 at a cost of $25.4 million.

  • Interstate 64/55/70 Interchange (Tri-Level) in East St. Louis:
    Reconstruction of the interchange at the three interstate routes is necessary to improve traffic operational conditions and provide access to the local street system. Construction and associated work are programmed during FY 2003-2007 at a cost of $76.8 million.

  • Interstate 74 from Sterling Avenue in Peoria to Washington Street in East Peoria:
    Interstate 74 through Peoria was constructed in the late 1950's to early 1960's and does not meet current Interstate standards. Reconstruction and modernization of 8.3 miles is estimated to cost $404 million, the largest downstate interstate modernization project ever undertaken by Illinois.

  • Interstate 80 from east of Morris to the Will County line:
    Reconstruction of the westbound lanes is in progress. Reconstruction of the eastbound lanes for 7.6 miles, bridge replacement, bridge superstructure and shoulder reconstruction are programmed in FY 2003 at a cost of $28.3 million.

  • Interstate 80 from Interstate 94 (Bishop Ford Expressway) to Indiana State line:
    Construction of additional lanes for 3 miles, reconstruction, bridge replacement, interchange reconstruction and engineering are programmed during FY 2003-2007 at a cost of $342.2 million.

  • Interstate 290 from north of Illinois 72 (Higgins Road) to Devon Avenue:
    Reconstruction for 3.1 miles, bridge rehabilitation, lighting and construction engineering are programmed for Fiscal Year 2003 at a cost of $46.7 million. This is a pilot project for evaluating a 40-year highway design.

  • US 20 - Freeport Bypass:
    Land acquisition, engineering for contract plans, an interchange at Illinois 75 and additional lanes for 6.1 miles from east of Illinois 26 to west of Springfield Road are programmed during FY 2003-2007 at a cost of $24.5 million. Of this total, engineering and land acquisition are programmed in FY 2003 at a cost of $300,000. Engineering for contract plans to add lanes to remaining segment of the bypass from west of Illinois 26 to US 20 Business Route (west) is programmed in FY 2003 at a cost of $1.1 million.

  • US 67 Corridor:
    The US 67 corridor extends nearly 226 miles from Alton north to Rock Island. The two and four lane corridor improvement costs awarded total more than $530 million, and $305 million in projects are programmed during FY 2003-2007. The estimated unfunded cost to complete the four-lane sections in the US 67 corridor from Macomb southward to the Alton Bypass is nearly $1.0 billion. The four projects programmed are as follows:


    1. US 67 from the Jacksonville Bypass to east of the Concord/Arenzville Road.
      New Four-lane construction for 2.6 miles at a cost of $15.9 million. Of this total, land acquisition and archaeological survey are programmed in FY 2003 at a cost of $950,000. TEA-21 provided $10 million in High Priority Project funds for the project.

    2. US 67 from south of the Greene County line to Interstate 72 (Central Illinois Expressway):
      Construction of 14.7 miles of new four-lane pavement is programmed at a cost of $59.3 million. Of this total, land acquisition, utilities and construction of 9.2 miles from Interstate 72 to north of Manchester are programmed in FY 2003 at a cost of $43.3 million.

    3. US 67 from Godfrey to Jerseyville In Madison and Jersey Counties:
      Construction of 11.2 miles of new four-lane pavement is programmed during FY 2003-2007 at a cost of $80.5 million. Of this total, land acquisition, utilities and continuation of engineering are programmed in FY 2003 at a cost of $7.6 million.

    4. Alton Bypass from Illinois 143 to Illinois 267 in Godfrey:
      Completion of the remaining 9.3 miles of mainline pavement from Illinois 140 to Godfrey and 4.3 miles of construction on cross streets are programmed during FY 2003-2007 at a cost of $124.1 million. Of this total $52.9 million is programmed in FY 2003 for construction of 3.2 miles from Illinois 140 to Fosterburg Road, bridges at seven locations and miscellaneous work.

    • US 136/Illinois 336-Quincy to Macomb Corridor:
      A new four-lane highway from US 24 near Quincy to north of West Point Road is open to traffic. Construction contracts are underway to continue the four lanes northerly to three miles south of Carthage and for a one-mile segment from Deere Road to CH 18 west of Macomb. With this program the 60 miles of four-lane highway from Quincy to Macomb will be completed. Construction on the remaining 26.3 miles from 3 miles south of Carthage to CH 18 west of Macomb is programmed during FY2003-2007 at a cost of $152.8 million. Of this total, engineering for contract plans is programmed in FY 2003 at a cost of $4.3 million. The ISTEA in 1991 provided $4.9 million in federal demonstration funds and TEA-21 provided $3.8 million in High Priority Project funds for this project.

    • Illinois 5 (Blackhawk Road) from 24th Street to 38th Street in Rock Island:
      Construction of additional lanes for 1 mile, utility work and engineering for contract plans are programmed during FY 2003-2007 at a cost of $6.3 million. Of this total, engineering is programmed in FY 2003 at a cost of $550,000.

    • Illinois 40 from Cedar Hills Drive to Illinois 6 in Peoria:
      Construction of additional lanes, intersection improvement and resurfacing for 2.6 miles are programmed during FY 2004-2007 at a cost of $23.2 million.

    • Illinois 59/US 30 from Illinois 126 to US 52:
      Additional lanes for 6.3 miles, land acquisition, utility adjustment and Phase II engineering for contract plans are programmed during FY 2003-2007 at a cost of $58 million. Of this total, $2 million is included in FY 2003 for Phase II engineering for contract plans.

    • Illinois 64 (North Avenue) from east of Illinois 53 to Villa Avenue:
      Additional lanes for 3.3 miles, signal timing, construction engineering, landscaping, paving, shoulder construction, and lighting are programmed during FY 2003-2007 at a cost of $43.2 million.

    • McKinley Bridge over the Mississippi River at Venice:
      Rehabilitation of the bridge and pre-construction activities are programmed in FY 2003 at a cost of $39.1 million. Remaining construction engineering at a cost of $1.0 million is programmed during FY 2004-2007. This project is contingent upon special state legislation transferring jurisdiction of the bridge to the state of Illinois, local funding participation, and the retirement of outstanding bonds.



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