Gov. Pritzker updates on Rebuild Illinois projects, Rockford plans

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Published: Oct. 21, 2019 at 2:35 PM CDT
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker's administration says it will put more than $3.7 billion into highway construction next year alone.

On Monday, Pritzker released the annual update to the state's transportation improvement program. Pritzker says that the state will spend more than $23 billion by 2025 to fix and expand 4,200 miles of roadways and 9 million square feet of bridge decks.

Pritzker says the highway improvement program is double its originally predicted size because of last summer's approval of the governor's $45 billion Rebuild Illinois capital construction program.

The plan represents a departure from past practice. Officials say it prioritizes maintaining roads over time. The plan reserves 75 percent of its funds for reconstruction and road preservation.

In Rockford area, the following plans are in place:

Passenger Rail: $275 million to re-establish service between Rockford and Chicago, with stops in Chicago, Elgin, Huntley, Belvidere and Rockford.

Illinois Rt. 2: $72.5 million for reconstruction, bridge replacements from Illinois 72 in Byron to Beltline Road south of Rockford.

U.S. 20 Business: $58.9 million to reconstruct and widen from Shaw Road east of Winnebago County line to State Street in Belvidere.

U.S. 20: $31.5 million for reconstruction and resurfacing from Pecatonica Road to Simpson Road southwest of Rockford.

I-39/U.S. 20/U.S. 51: $19 million to resurface and repair ramps from Baxter Road to I-90 at Harrison Avenue and U.S. 20 from the I-39 southbound ramp to I-39 in Winnebago County.

Illinois 2: $18.4 million to replace the bridge that carries Illinois 2 over the Rock River in Rockton.

Illinois 75: $16.5 million to replace the bridge that carries Illinois 75 over the Rock River in Rockton.

Illinois 251: $13 million to replace bridges over the Union Pacific Railroad and Rockton Road in Rockton.

U.S. 20 Business: $8 million for reconstruction, widening and intersection improvement from Day Avenue to Independence Avenue in Rockford.

To see the FY 2020-2025 Proposed Highway Improvement Program report,