The state’s tollways are getting a billion dollar upgrade. Various construction projects under this program will rebuild 160 miles of roads throughout the state, along with building or improving 20 interchanges, according to Gov. Pat Quinn.

“We’re investing over 1.4 billion dollars—the most in tollway history, the most of any state in the country—and improving important parts of our transportation network,” Quinn said.

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The majority of the money will be spent on the Jane Addams Tollway. That includes rebuilding and widening the segment between Elgin and I-39 in Rockford, and work on interchanges in Rockford and Belvidere. Another $85 million will go to begin construction of an interchange between I-294 and I-57.

Quinn says the program will create 15,000 jobs. Tollway officials warn that drivers should expect to encounter more construction zones this year as the projects begin.

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