Illinois is expected to receive around $ 17 billion to strengthen its infrastructure and local leaders are now ready to tick off their wish lists for the projects.
President Joe Biden on Monday signed a $ 1 trillion infrastructure deal Monday in front of a bipartisan and festive crowd on the White House lawn, saying the new injection of money for roads, bridges, ports and more will be life changing “for the better” for the American people.
“We have old infrastructure, so that will help us with our roads, our bridges, all of our infrastructure that we’ve been looking to improve over the past two decades,” said Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin. “It will take us to the next level.”
Irvin said Aurora also plans to replace its lead water lines and increase the availability of broadband to residents.
City engineer Ken Schroth said money could also be spent on upgrading the New York Street Bridge.
“It would be the replacement of a lot of the deck surfaces, the sidewalk, and then the rehabilitation of a lot of structural elements,” Schroth said.
The Lake County Transportation Division said it is assessing the feasibility of an underpass on Old McHenry Road at a level crossing to reduce congestion.
It is still unclear how much federal infrastructure money local governments will receive or how long it will take.
But the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association (IRTBA) said the bipartisan infrastructure investment and jobs act would position Illinois as a leader in innovation, safety and opportunities in transportation matters.
“The industry is ready for the challenge of getting Illinois back to work,” said Mike Sturino, President and CEO of IRTBA.
Money for infrastructure is also expected to increase the number of EV charging stations in Illinois.
“I think affordable public charging is the key to electric vehicle adoption,” said Jeff Miller, president of the Fox Valley Electric Auto Association.
The Illinois Department of Transportation said it was overseeing historic investments in state infrastructure across all modes of transportation through the Illinois Rebuild Capital Program, and with the additional federal funds, l ‘Illinois stands ready to capitalize on this success and continue to create jobs and economic opportunity while building a 21st century transportation system that is’ truly safe, reliable and fair for businesses, travelers and residents of the ‘Illinois’.