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.