The Illinois capital program has produced its 1,000th bridge project. This one is to build a bridge to carry Route 38 over train tracks near Geneva. It’s a $26 million effort to begin Nov. 1 and be completed in two years. IDOT Secretary Ann Schneider says the $31 billion capital program, begun in 2009, has produced results.
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“We were able to invest $14 billion out of the capital program in our state transportation infrastructure, and to date we have invested $11.3 billion, and that means we’ve improved 6,600 miles of roads, and, as we’re here to talk about today, 1,000 bridges, and that has created or retained 140,000 jobs,” she said at the announcement of the project Wednesday on a farm near the site.
Politicians speaking at the announcement noted the importance of transportation in Illinois, and of not allowing the infrastructure to deteriorate.