CHICAGO (WIFR) -- January 9, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and today announced a more than $7.7 million investment in Illinois communities to help cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by storms last year. Today’s funding is provided through the Department of Transportation’s Emergency Relief program which funds the repair and reconstruction of federal highways and roads that have suffered serious damage as a result of natural disasters and other outside factors.
The Illinois Department of Transportation will receive a total of $7,718,612 in funding to be distributed in the following areas:
Northwest Illinois: $4,756,819 in funding to help Northwest Illinois communities cover the cost of damage caused by high wind and torrential rainfall exceeding 12 inches on July 27, 2011. Types of damage included drainage and roadway washouts and slope failures.
Southern Illinois: $2,961,793 in funding to help Southern Illinois communities cover the cost of damage caused by widespread heavy rain and flooding – mainly along the Ohio and Mississippi River basins – on April 19, 2011. Types of damage included drainage and roadway system washouts and slope failures.