A six-year, $12.62 billion transportation construction plan is rolling out of the governor’s office. “Illinois is located in the middle of our country, in the heart of the heartland,” Gov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday as he unveiled the plan at his office in Springfield. “Our economy depends on our location and our transportation. Since I’ve been governor, we’ve invested more money in transportation than in any five-year period in Illinois history.”
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A 26-page list issued by the governor’s office is highlighted by the $475 million project to rebuild the Circle Interchange in Chicago (the junction of I-90/94 and I-290), $76 million for a new Mississippi River bridge at the Quad Cities, $56 million worth of repairs and upgrades to I-74 in east central Illinois, and $83 million worth of work on I-57 in southern Illinois.
Don’t forget the rails: transportation secretary Ann Schneider said there are safety-related improvements to sidings and signal systems, and a goal to get almost all of the passenger line from Dwight to Alton to 110 mph by 2015.
Airport projects for cargo-heavy Rockford and Peoria are also planned.