Capital construction plan includes $1B for I-80 expansion

Capital construction plan includes $1B for I-80 expansion

Posted: Jun 9, 2019 9:32 PM

CHICAGO (AP) - A massive capital construction plan approved by Illinois lawmakers includes $1 billion for road work along Interstate 80, and hundreds of millions of dollars to boost rail and bus services.

The Chicago Tribune reports the roughly $40 billion plan comes after a decade without such funding.

The projects on I-80, which runs across northern Illinois, include replacing two decaying bridges on the Des Plaines River. The rail work includes $275 million for Amtrak passenger services from Chicago to Rockford and $225 million for Amtrak service to the Quad Cities.

The Regional Transportation Authority will get over $2 billion for three rail and bus agencies, including the Chicago Transit Authority.

To pay for the projects, the state's 19-cent-per gallon gas tax will be doubled.

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Information from: Chicago Tribune,

http://www.chicagotribune.com

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6/9/2019 3:06:04 PM (GMT -4:00)

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