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Road Construction AheadSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation will suspend all planned road and bridge construction projects if the state’s two-year budget impasse is not resolved by the end of the month, a situation that would create transit headaches and economic hardship for Lake County residents.

“Last month, the Illinois Senate passed a balanced budget that includes funding for Lake County road projects, but the governor has refused to support it and the House hasn’t called it for a vote,” said Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake). “Lake County has some of the worst traffic in the state. If the state’s budget crisis isn’t resolved by June 30th, all existing road construction projects will be stopped and Lake County traffic will get worse.”

Not only would an IDOT shutdown create traffic problems, it would have major impacts on state and local economies, Bush said.

Twenty-three thousand Illinoisans would lose their jobs if the state fails to fund its infrastructure projects, according to the Illinois Economic Policy Institute. The loss of jobs and economic activity would lead to a $115 million reduction in local and state tax revenues while the increased demand for unemployment insurance would cost taxpayers as much as $155 million.

“The state cannot afford a shutdown,” Bush said. “I urge my colleagues in the House to pass the Senate’s balanced budget plan, which would fully fund infrastructure projects, and I ask the governor to stop putting politics before people and support the Senate’s plan to end the budget crisis.”

Current and future Lake County infrastructure that would be affected include congestion mitigation for parts of I-83, I-120 and I-137, widening, resurfacing and maintenance of I-132, and bridge maintenance and safety improvements on Milwaukee Ave. and US-41. To see a full list of scheduled road construction projects in the 31st Senate District, click here.


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