Illinois Infrastructure Report Card Released

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ILLINOIS (WIFR) -- A report for Illinois’ infrastructure shows C’s and D’s. Crumbling roads and bridges are giving the state the poor grades in a new report card, but local road projects are about to begin which could help improve our rating.

Driving on Illinois roads can be a bumpy ride. In fact, civil engineers give our roads a D+. In the 2014 report card for Illinois Infrastructure.

“It’s like a zigzag, going down the road trying to keep from hitting bumps and running into cars,” said Rockford driver, Letha Early.

Our bridges aren’t much better, earning a C+, but the Illinois Department of Transportation and City Engineers are trying to change that with upcoming construction projects.

One major project is the resurfacing of East State Street from Fairview to Mill Road by Lone Star.

IDOT will also fix a crumbling 11th Street from Harrison Avenue to the bypass. The Harrison bridge over the Rock River will get a makeover as well to fix collapsing sidewalks and broken rails.

Drivers say the improvements can’t come soon enough.

“I hope Rockford gets better because a lot of people are moving out because of it. I’ve got a sister that lives in the South and she says they’re nothing like they are here.”

Work on 11th Street and East State Street will start this year. Another project is Alpine Road between Riverside and Spring Creek, as well as Alpine from Harrison to Sandy Hollow which will be fixed later this summer.

Overall, Illinois’ infrastructure gets a C-, which is actually an improvement from 2010’s grade of D+, according to the report. Nearly half of Illinois’ major roads are in poor or mediocre condition. As for the state’s bridges, one of our six is classified as deficient or obsolete.