GOVERNOR RYAN ANNOUNCES ILLINOIS FIRST PROJECTS FOR LAKE COUNTY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2000
GRAYSLAKE - Governor George H. Ryan today announced two projects involving
Routes 45 and 120 made possible by Illinois FIRST funds. Improvements
are being made at the intersection of Route 120 and Route 45 and Route
45 will be reconstructed between Buckley Road and Maple Avenue.
"Through Illinois FIRST, we have been able to reach out to communities
across the state and help them improve their quality of life," said
"Traffic congestion has been identified as one of the major problems
for residents in Lake County," added Ryan. "Through this funding we
are able to alleviate a problem that has plagued this area for years."
The project at the intersection of Routes 45 and 120 is ten percent
complete. The improvements will include adding through lanes and turn
lanes on both Route 45 and Route 120 and storm sewer installation and
traffic signal improvements.
The second project is the reconstruction of Route 45 from Illinois
Route 137, Buckley Road, to just north of Illinois Route 176, Maple
Avenue. This two-lane roadway will be reconstructed and widened to four
Illinois FIRST, a Fund for Infrastructure, Roads, Schools and Transit,
was developed by Governor Ryan to build, repair and upgrade the unmet
critical infrastructure needs facing the citizens of Illinois. Included
in the $12 billion package is a total of $4.1 billion dollars for the
construction and repair of roads, highways and bridges, as well as railroad
crossing safety, high-speed rail preparation and air transportation
needs. In just one year, Illinois FIRST has increased the state's commitment
to new roads and highway repairs by 101 percent.
Another $4.1 billion is being invested in Illinois' deteriorating public
transit system, while the state's School Construction Program has been
doubled under Illinois FIRST, providing $2.2 billion to help local school
districts build new classrooms and upgrade outdated facilities. Also,
a $1.6 million quality of life component will allow Illinois FIRST to
address essential infrastructure needs such as water and sewage treatment
facilities and public safety initiatives.