There's enough in this for everybody – smooth roads to navigate, new bridges to cross, and plenty of ribbons for politicians to cut. It's a six-year, $8.6 billion, 1,845-mile road plan unveiled Wednesday by Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois Department of Transportation secretary Ann Schneider. Locally, the controversial Alton -Godfrey Expressway from US 67 south of the Alton Square to north of Illinois 255 will receive $110-million for grading, paving, a new bridge, drainage, land acquisition, utility adjustments and construction engineering during Fiscal Years 2016 - 2020.
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St. Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto is in line for $1.6-million in FY 2015 to fund the reconstruction of a Taxiway. But headlining the dozens of projects: a new bridge to carry I-74 over the Mississippi River at Moline. “We’re funding construction for that bridge. That bridge is functionally obsolete,” said Schneider. “There are no shoulders on that bridge. It's a four-lane – two structures, two lanes on each structure.”
Also on tap: further work to unsnarl the Circle interchange in Chicago and buy some commuter rail cars for the Chicago-area's Metra system and some Downstate paratransit buses. The money comes from sources that include the motor fuel tax and gambling and are subject to continuing appropriation.
Serving the areas of Alton, Godfrey, East Alton, Wood River, Roxana, Edwardsville, Jerseyville, Brighton, Bethalto, Grafton, Granite City, Hartford, Highland, Troy, Fairview Heights, Belleville and the surrounding cities.