Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) says a new five-year highway bill being pushed through congress will authorize and fund surface transportation programs that will benefit Illinois to the tune of $7.5-billion in federal highway funding. He says local governments in Illinois will collectively see an average increase of $25 million per year over the life of the bill.
Davis says the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015 is the first long-term surface transportation bill in nearly a decade. As for what he sees IDOT spending the money on:
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Davis says about 80% of the money IDOT has to spend on transportation projects comes from the federal government. The measure passed the U.S. House of Representatives 359-65.