road construction

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced recently that it will be forced to suspend all projects if Illinois does not have a spending plan in place by June 30 of this year.

State Senator James F. Clayborne (D-Belleville) expressed concern over the potential loss of jobs as well as stalling road projects that keep Illinois’ infrastructure up to date.
“The jobs that IDOT creates are jobs Illinois needs right now. The work IDOT does on our roads helps to keep our economy flowing and our state moving in the right direction,” said Clayborne.

Last month, the Illinois Senate approved a full-year budget that would give Gov. Rauner the authority to spend gas tax and road fund revenues on state transportation projects. Without the spending authority included in a budget, the governor will be unable to use these funds and state roadwork will be suspended.

“721 days without a budget is enough,” Clayborne added. “Our schools are in danger of closing, social service agencies are unable to provide critical services and now our roads will be crumbling. We have a solution to these issues: the balanced budget the Senate passed in May.”

If a spending plan is not reached, many local IDOT projects would stall, including road construction on the expanse of I-55 that runs through East St. Louis and construction on I-255 in Centerville.


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