State to fund extra road repairs in Illinois

2014-04-11T19:00:00Z 2014-04-12T00:05:07Z State to fund extra road repairs in IllinoisGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
April 11, 2014 7:00 pm  • 

More than $1.2 million will be provided by the state to area municipalities to help them cover the cost of repairs needed on local streets.

Money will come from the state’s Illinois Jobs Now! program. Gov. Pat Quinn said in a prepared statement the inclement weather experienced this winter season makes road repair and maintenance particularly important.

“The extreme and historic winter has left many roads in rough shape,” he said. “This investment will help local communities repair the damage done by Mother Nature and improve the quality of life for residents and businesses.”

About $100 million will be distributed to governments across Illinois, with about $60 million of that being spent in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Locally, Calumet City will receive $169,173, while Lansing will receive $123,037. Other communities receiving more than $100,000 are Chicago Heights ($142,336), Harvey ($130,280) and Dolton ($111,233).

Money from this program is in addition to the motor fuel tax funds the state provides each month to local governments for road repair projects. Officials say they expect those funds for Cook County communities to total about $200 million this year.

Projects covered by money from the Illinois Jobs Now! program will be run by local officials, but the Illinois Department of Transportation will provide oversight.

Other local municipalities that will receive money include Beecher ($17,853), Burnham ($18.109), Crete ($33,491), Flossmoor ($40,391), Ford Heights ($15,008), Glenwood ($39,084), Homewood ($84,869), Lynwood ($39,801), Monee ($18,165), Riverdale ($65,379), Sauk Village ($45,212), South Chicago Heights ($17,240), South Holland ($96,177), Steger ($42,033), Thornton ($11,213) and University Park ($28,931).

In Will County, Crete Township received $19,376, while in Cook County neither Thornton nor Bloom townships received separate funding.

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