DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) – The Rebuild Illinois capital program is entering its fourth year, and nine of the program’s construction projects are planned or already underway in Decatur and Macon County this year.
The nine projects will represent an investment of nearly $67 million and will improve safety, mobility and quality of life while maintaining and creating jobs in the region.
“With the Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan, we are restoring and transforming Illinois’ aging infrastructure,” Governor Pritzker said in a statement. “Rebuilding Illinois is not just about investing in infrastructure, it’s also about investing in people and communities. In the coming months, IDOT will undertake projects that will ultimately create safer roads and bridges and create jobs in the Decatur area and across the state.
Local and state leaders also spoke about the impact these projects will have.
“Roads and bridges are critical to every part of Decatur and Macon County, from economic development to public safety to the daily commute of workers and students,” said Decatur Mayor Julie Moore-Wolfe. . “Before Governor Pritzker rebuilt Illinois, the state roads that ran through our community were literally collapsing. Through its focus on transportation, we are building our own success story in Decatur and Macon County. »
“The 96th District is very grateful to be included in IDOT’s work plans for the near future,” said state Rep. Sue Scherer (D-Decatur). “These projects will mean more well-paying jobs and improved lifestyles for the people of Decatur and surrounding communities.”
The nine projects underway or scheduled to launch are listed below:
- Interstate 72 from the Sangamon County line to 1.5 miles west of US 51: Highway resurfacing began in March and is expected to be completed in November.
- North Wyckles Road on I-72: The bridge carrying Wyckles over the freeway was closed in March for deck covering. The project is expected to be completed in November.
- US 36 over US 51: Painting of the bridge carrying Route 36 over Route 51 will begin this summer and is expected to be completed in the fall.
- Old US Trade Route 51 from I-72 to Illinois Route 121: Resurfacing, deck joint replacement, and ADA improvements (including sidewalk ramps) begin in June with an expected completion date of fall 2023.
- US Route 36 from Illinois Route 48 to Church Street and West Eldorado Street from Illinois Route 48 to US Route 36: Road resurfacing, traffic signal upgrades, replacement of bridge joints and ADA improvements. Also begins in June with expected completion in fall 2023.
- Illinois Route 121 from US Route 36 via Mt. Zion: Road resurfacing, traffic signal upgrades, replacement of bridge joints and ADA improvements. Also begins in June with expected completion in fall 2023.
- Old US Business Route 51 from Cleveland Avenue in Decatur to US Route 51, two miles south of Elwin Road: Road resurfacing, bridge deck surfacing and replacement of bridge joints. Also begins in June with expected completion in fall 2023.
- US Route 36 near Airport Road just west of Illinois Route 32: Road resurfacing begins this summer and is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.
- William Street Bridge / Illinois Route 105 over Lake Decatur: Replacement of the bridge superstructure begins in September and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2024.
With the exception of the Wyckles Road Bridge, which has been closed to all traffic, one lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained in each construction zone.
“These projects represent another year in which IDOT will make transformational investments in the Decatur area and across the state,” said Illinois Secretary of Transportation Omer Osman. “Please forgive our dust as we rebuild Illinois. When approaching and passing through a work area, expect the unexpected and hold workers back. Stay patient, put devices down, and slow down.
Through March 2022, more than 3,800 miles of freeway, 370 bridges and 550 additional safety upgrades have been worked on and completed under the Rebuild Illinois program, which has so far cost $7.3 billion. The entire program, which was passed by the Illinois General Assembly in 2019, will cost $33.2 billion over six years, three of which have passed. Rebuild Illinois is the largest capital program in state history and the first to work on all modes of transportation, including road, rail, water, public transportation, aviation, bicycles and pedestrians.
More information about the program and its projects can be found on the IDOT website.