Illinois DOT releases 6-year infrastructure plan

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) last week released a six-year, $11.2 billion transportation infrastructure plan. The costs for the FY 2017-22 Proposed Highway Improvement Program are a 33 percent increase over the previous multiyear plan.

The 2015 congressional transportation bill, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, added about $135 million annually to the plan compared to previous levels, according to officials.

“Our latest multiyear highway program is more promising than a year ago, but we still have our work cut out for us,” said IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “Revenue projections for transportation do not meet the needs of the state, and the condition of our system will continue to deteriorate.”

Planned projects include nearly $115 million to widen Interstate 55 and construct an interchange in Will County, $68 million for 38 bridge projects in the Chicago interstate system and $478 million to replace the I-74/US 6 bridge in the Quad Cities near the Illinois-Iowa border. Fiscal Year 2017 begins July 1, and $2 billion has been set aside for projects in that first year of the improvement program.