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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2004

Blagojevich announces $8.3 billion multi-year road program
Opportunity Returns boosts highway improvements to $1.75 billion for FY05 Federal funding uncertainty leads IDOT to change from five to seven-year plan

SPRINGFIELD - Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced the state’s highway improvement program, for Fiscal Years 2005 to 2011. The $8.3 billion comprehensive Multi-Year Program (MYP) focuses on preserving and modernizing existing roads, as well as reducing congestion. Governor Blagojevich’s aggressive plan to create jobs in Illinois, Opportunity Returns, will mean at least an additional $1 billion in highway improvements during the Multi-Year Program.
 
“We have been conservative with our estimates in putting together this Multi-Year Program. I wanted a realistic look at what we can expect, even with the uncertainty we face with our federal funding,” Governor Blagojevich said. “We can’t wait on Washington to act, we must spur our own economic recovery, and that is what we are doing with Opportunity Returns. We are putting men and women to work now, making improvements to our transportation system, and because Opportunity Returns projects are targeted toward economic development, we are creating jobs in the future.”
 
The FY05 - FY11 MYP is estimated to be $8.3 billion and will allow the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to improve more than 2,180 miles of roads and replace or rehabilitate more than 620 bridges. The MYP will also support almost 200,000 jobs during the life of the program.
 
Separate from the $8.3 billion FY 05-FY 11 MYP is Opportunity Returns, Governor Blagojevich’s innovative economic recovery plan that calls for more than $1 billion in road improvements over the next three years. To create new, much-needed jobs, Governor Blagojevich is accelerating $200 million from Opportunity Returns to be used this Summer for system preservation and maintenance projects. IDOT estimates the $200 million accelerated investment will generate 4,800 jobs in FY05, providing a boost to local economies.
 
“We are going to make needed improvements this summer to our highway system that will provide jobs to the hard working men and women of Illinois,” said the Governor.  “Highway projects are a major component of Opportunity Returns, when businesses look to expand or relocate one of their major concerns is transportation, that’s why it’s essential we continue to invest in our highway system now, to improve Illinois’ economy down the road.”
 
The $8.3 billion MYP includes $3.2 billion in state funds, $4.8 billion in federal funds and $322 million in local funding. The federal portion of the MYP is based on funding estimates that assume the current level of federal funding. The previous federal transportation funding authorization expired last fall, and as yet no new transportation funding package has been formalized, this uncertainty led IDOT to change from a five-year MYP to a seven-year MYP. This will allow more flexibility in dealing with the unknown future levels of return.  As the President and Congress work to pass a new federal funding authorization, Governor Blagojevich is hopeful Illinois will improve on its federal funding return.
 
“We are a donor state, only getting 92 cents back for every dollar we send to Washington for transportation. That is simply unacceptable,” Governor Blagojevich said. “I want to commend the House of Representatives, Speaker Hastert, Congressman Lipinski and all of our state’s congressional delegation for moving a bill forward. My hope is that we can finally get a bill to the President to sign and end the uncertainty of our future funding from the federal government.”
 
“We have built this program based on no revenue increases from the federal government, if Congress passes a highway bill this year that increases Illinois’ share, we won’t see the effects of that until at least the FY 06- FY 12 MYP,” IDOT Secretary Tim Martin said. “We are also holding off determining the future funding of several major projects until we have a new federal bill in place, such as the New Mississippi River Bridge, Wacker Drive, Prairie Access, the widening and reconstruction of I-55 from Weber to I-80 and the CREATE program. These are projects that are of national importance, with price tags to match, and we need to see the final program that Congress comes up with before we can move forward on these.”
 
The MYP provides $5.9 billion for state projects and $2.4 billion for local projects. The state multi-year program can be summarized in three main categories:
 
  • System Preservation--$2.5 billion is scheduled for resurfacing/widening projects and bridge improvements, including $557 million for interstate resurfacing and bridge projects.
  • System Modernization--$1.9 billion is scheduled to upgrade existing facilities with safety and traffic flow improvements. Included in this category are the reconstruction of the Dan Ryan Expressway and Interstate 74 through Peoria.
  • Congestion Reduction--$1.5 billion is scheduled to address traffic congestion and build new main routes, including $382 million for new roads.

 

  • Major Project Highlights
The following major projects are tentatively scheduled during FY 2005- FY 2011.
Northeastern Illinois
 
  • Interstate 55 at Arsenal Road.  Interchange reconstruction, bridge replacement, land acquisition, lighting and engineering are programmed during FY 2005-2011 at a cost of $33.3 million.  This work is being done in conjunction with the development of the Joliet Arsenal facility, which when completed, will be the largest inter-modal facility in the nation.
  • 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 2005-2011 at a cost of $253.8 million.  Of this total, $136.2 million is included in FY 2005 for engineering for contract plans, land acquisition, construction engineering, bridge replacement, retaining walls, interchange reconstruction, additional lanes and reconstruction.
  • Interstate 94/90 (Dan Ryan Expressway) from 31st Street to south of the Interstate 57 Interchange.  Reconstruction of 8.5 miles of the existing local and express lanes and engineering are programmed during FY 2005-2011 at a cost of $442.6 million.  Of this total, $150.2 million is programmed in FY 2005 for bridge replacement at two locations, bridge superstructure, retaining walls, ramp repair, intersection reconstruction, additional ramps, reconstruction and lighting.
  • US 6 (159th Street) from Interstate 294 to Illinois 1 (Halsted Street).  Reconstruction for 2.3 miles, bridge replacement, intersection improvement, land acquisition, construction engineering, utility adjustment, and lighting are programmed during FY 2006-2011 at a cost of $53.5 million.  TEA-21 provided $1.3 million in High Priority Project funds for this project.
  • Illinois 22 (Lake Zurich Road) from west of US 12 (Rand Road) to Quentin Road.  Additional lanes for 1.3 miles, new construction for 1.6 miles, railroad grade separation, railroad crossing construction, retaining wall and installation of signals are programmed during FY 2006-2011 at a cost of $33.9 million.
  • Illinois 22 (Lake Zurich Road) from Quentin Road to west of Illinois 83 (Mundelein Road).  Additional lanes for 3.5 miles, land acquisition, engineering for right-of-way and contract plans are programmed during FY 2006-2011 at a cost of $33.8 million.   
  • lllinois 22 (Half Day Road) from east of Illinois 83 (Mundelein Road) to west of US 45/Illinois 21 (Milwaukee Avenue).  Additional lanes for 3 miles, bridge replacement, railroad crossing improvement, intersection reconstruction, and modernization of traffic signals is programmed during FY 2006-2011 at a cost of $25 million. 
  • Illinois 22 (Half Day Road) from east of Interstate 94 (Tri-State Tollway) to west of US 41 (Skokie Highway).  Additional lanes for 2.9 miles are programmed during FY 2006-2011 at a cost of $16.5 million. 
  • Illinois 59/US 30 (Division Street/Brook Forest Avenue) from Illinois 126 (Lockport Road) to US 52 (Jefferson Street).  Additional lanes for 6.3 miles are programmed during FY 2006-2011 at a cost of $56 million. 
  • Algonquin Bypass from the north junction of Illinois 31 to the south junction of Illinois 31.  IDOT participation for engineering for contract plans and new construction are programmed during FY 2005-2011 at a cost of $38 million.  Of this total, $3 million is included in FY 2005 for land acquisition, and engineering for contract plans.
 
Downstate Illinois
 
  • Interstate 55/70 Poplar Street Complex in East St. Louis.  Bridge repair, bridge deck overlay and seismic retrofit of the Tudor/Piggot Ramps are programmed during FY 2006-2011 at a cost of $26.3 million.  In addition, bridge painting and new deck are programmed during FY 2005-2011 at a cost of $7.3 million for the Poplar Street Bridge.  Of this total, $3.3 million is programmed in FY 2005 for bridge painting.
  • 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 2005-2011 at a cost of $109.5 million, including $9.4 million of improvements on the Interstate 64 Connector.  Of this total, engineering for contract plans is programmed in FY 2005 at a cost of $115,000.
  • Interstate 74 from Sterling Avenue in Peoria to Washington Street in East Peoria.  Interstate 74 through Peoria was constructed in the late 1950s to early 1960s and does not meet current interstate standards.  Reconstruction and modernization of 8.3 miles are estimated to cost $477 million, the largest downstate interstate modernization project ever undertaken by Illinois.  Approximately $196 million of work has been completed or is under way.  An additional $43 million of work remains in the FY 2004 program.  Projects to finish the reconstruction and modernization are programmed during FY 2005-2011 at a cost of $237.7 million.  Of this total, preliminary work and reconstruction are programmed in FY 2005 at a cost of $158.5 million, including 3.6 miles of reconstruction, bridge replacements, interchange reconstruction, retaining wall and construction engineering from Gale Avenue to the Illinois River in Peoria for $115.4 million.  Also in FY 2005, there are 1.3 miles of reconstruction, bridge replacement, interchange reconstruction, retaining wall and construction engineering eastbound from the TP&W Railroad to east of Washington Street in East Peoria for $29.8 million.
  • US 20 from Galena to Freeport.  The final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being reviewed.  Design approval will follow publication of the EIS.  ISTEA in 1991 provided $2 million in federal demonstration funds for this study.  In addition, the FY 1992 federal appropriation bill provided $2.1 million in other demonstration funds.
  • US 20 from Illinois 84 (NW) to southeast of Galena (Galena Bypass).  Engineering for contract plans is anticipated to begin summer 2004.  Land acquisition for the 6.5‑mile bypass corridor is programmed during FY 2005‑2011at a cost of $2 million.  Of this total, land acquisition is programmed in FY 2005 at a cost of $1 million.  Additional engineering and construction are not currently funded.
  • US 20 - Freeport Bypass.  Additional lanes for 6.1 miles and interchange reconstruction are programmed during FY 2006-2011 at a cost of $12 million.
  • US 51 – Decatur to Pana.  Since 1990, the department has invested $43.9 million on upgrading US 51 to four lanes south of Decatur, including the completed construction for 9.2 miles from north of Elwin to north of the Macon/Shelby County line.  Land acquisition, archaeological surveys and utility adjustments from 0.9 mile south of the Shelby County line south of Moweaqua to 0.1 mile north of Township Road 306 are programmed during FY 2006-2011 at a cost of $930,000.  Engineering for contract plans from 2.9 miles north of Illinois 16 to the Shelby County line south of Pana is programmed in FY 2005 at a cost of $1.8 million.  The remaining work to complete the 12.1-mile section from 0.9 mile south of Moweaqua to 2.9 miles north of Illinois 16 north of Pana is not currently funded.
  • US 67 Corridor.  The US 67 corridor extends nearly 229 miles from Alton north to Rock Island.  The two and four lane corridor improvement costs awarded total more than $705 million and $150 million in projects are programmed during FY 2005-2011.  The estimated unfunded cost to complete the four-lane sections in the US 67 corridor from Macomb southward to the Alton Bypass exceeds $1.3 billion.
 
§        US 67 from US 136 to Illinois 101.  Engineering for contract plans for the US 67 interchange at US 136 / Illinois 336 and 7.4 miles of a new four-lane highway from north of Industry to Illinois 101 is programmed during FY 2006‑2011 at a cost of $3.5 million.  Construction is not currently funded.
 
§        US 67 from Godfrey to Jerseyville in Madison and Jersey Counties.  Utility adjustments and construction of 11.3 miles of new four‑lane pavement are programmed during FY 2006-2011 at a cost of $84.3 million.  TEA‑21 provided $12.2 million in High Priority Project funds for this project.
 
§        Alton Bypass from Illinois 143 to US 67 in Godfrey.  Construction of the four‑lane Alton Bypass from
Interstate 270 to US 67 in Godfrey is in progress.  The segment from Interstate 270 to Illinois 143 is open to traffic.  Construction on the 7.2‑mile segment from Illinois 143 to Fosterburg Road is under way.  Lighting for the segment from Illinois 143 to Fosterburg Road, completion of contract plans and construction of the remaining 6.1 miles of mainline pavement and 1.7 miles of construction on cross streets from Fosterburg Road to US 67 in Godfrey are programmed during FY 2005-2011 at a cost of $61.8 million.  Of this total, $100,000 is programmed in FY 2005 for completion of contract plans.
 
  • US 136/Illinois 336 - Quincy to Macomb Corridor.  New four-lane highway for 21.3 miles from US 24 near Quincy to 3 miles south of Carthage and 1.2 miles from County Highway 18 to Deere Road west of Macomb are open to traffic.  The construction to provide five lanes from US 136 east of Township Road 266 to County Highway 18 is programmed in FY 2004 and is anticipated to be on a summer 2004 letting.  The remaining work to finish the four-lane highway from 3 miles south of Carthage to US 136 east of Township Road 266 is fully funded.  Land Acquisition, utility adjustments and construction on the remaining 25.2 miles from 3 miles south of Carthage to US 136 east of Township Road 266 west of Macomb are programmed during FY 2005-2011 at a cost of $129.9 million.  Of this total, land acquisition for 1.7 miles east of Illinois 61 to US 136 east of Township Road 266 and construction of 5.0 miles of four-lane highway from 3 miles south to 2 miles east of Carthage are programmed in FY 2005 at a cost of $20.5 million.
  • Illinois 5 (Blackhawk Road) from 24th Street to 38th Street in Rock Island.  Construction of additional lanes for 1 mile and utility work are programmed during FY 2006‑2011 at a cost of $5.6 million.
  • Illinois 29 from Rochester to Taylorville.  Development of a four-lane highway for 18.8 miles in this corridor is under way.  New four-lane construction, bridge replacement and associated work for 6.7 miles from south of Edinburg to south of Illinois 104 in Taylorville are programmed in FY 2005 at a cost of $23.5 million.
  • 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 2005‑2011 at a cost of $21 million.  Of this total, land acquisition is programmed in FY 2005 at a cost of $2.1 million.
  • McKinley Bridge over the Mississippi River at Venice.  Rehabilitation of the bridge and demolition of the Venice Highline railroad trestle is programmed in FY 2005-2011 at a cost of $42.0 million.  Of this total, $39.5 million is programmed in FY 2005 for rehabilitation of the bridge.  TEA‑21 has provided $4 million in High Priority Project funds for this project.  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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