Governor Pat Quinn signed two capital construction bills July 22 that will invest $1.1 billion in Illinois roads and bridges.

House Bill 3794, part of Quinn’s six-year Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, is expected to generate more than 210 projects and create 14,300 jobs. In addition to the $1 billion in projects already in the Illinois Department of Transportation’s FY 2015-2020 program, the bill allocates $100 million for local improvements to roads and bridges.

The Governor also signed Senate Bill 3224, which will provide the General Obligation bond authorization to fund the improvements.

“Investing in a 21st century transportation system is one of the best ways we can create jobs today and drive our economy forward for generations to come,” Gov. Quinn said in a previous statement.  “These additional funds, combined with the existing Illinois Jobs Now! and Move Illinois capital programs, will put thousands of people to work and make this year’s transportation construction season the largest in state history. All of this has been made possible by the bipartisan support this bill received in the Illinois General Assembly. Members from both chambers on both sides of the aisle came together to pass a bill that benefits all areas of the state.”[1]

 

 

[1] “Governor Quinn Statement on Senate Passage of $1.1 Billion Road and Bridge Construction Bill”, May 31 2014.  http://www3.illinois.gov/PressReleases/ShowPressRelease.cfm?SubjectID=1&RecNum=12285