Governor Signs $1 Billion Road Construction Bill

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn has approved an approximately $1 billion capital construction spending plan intended to repair Illinois roads and bridges.

The Chicago Democrat signed the bipartisan measure Tuesday.

The measure includes $60 million to resurface about 30 miles of Interstate 57 in Williamson, Union, Johnson and Jefferson counties.

Another $7 million will go towards resurfacing 4.4 miles of Interstate 64 in Jefferson County.

$5.5 million will be spent on Illinois 127 in Jackson County. Another $5 million will be spent resurfacing Illinois 146 in Hardin County, and $3.6 million will be spent resurfacing Illinois 145 in Pope County.

The money is an extension to a $31 billion six-year capital construction program that some transportation groups say will run out of money this year.

The projects will be paid for by selling bonds and paying back the loan with revenue from retired bonds.

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