Infrastructure

Central Illinois will receive $1.52 billion under the five-year capital improvement plan released Monday by the Illinois Department of Transportation. 

The work funded by the Rebuild Illinois plan passed by the General Assembly earlier this year includes next year’s deck replacement on the Murray Baker Bridge, construction on U.S. Route 24 from Banner to Kingston Mines, a new bridge over the Illinois River at Henry, and work on Knoxville Avenue and Pioneer Parkway. 

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The Illinois Department of Transportation will invest $11 billion dollars in the state’s road system over the next six years. Governor Bruce Rauner announced the multi-year plan on the Illinois River shore near the McClugage Bridge in Peoria today.

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A religion professor at the University of Illinois says infrastructure would be one of his top priorities if he’s elected to Congress this fall.

Jon Ebel is one of five Democrats seeking his party’s nomination in the 13th Congressional District. Ebel says that an infrastructure bill would not only provide much-needed upgrades to roads, bridges, and rail … but it would also provide well-paying jobs.

At least three Democratic congressmen from Illinois are boycotting President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address. 

A congressman representing a large portion of downstate Illinois will be listening closely to President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight.

Illinois transportation officials are asking for the public's input in its annual traveler opinion survey.

Peoria Lock Gets $4.8M Upgrades This Week

Oct 23, 2017
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The Peoria Lock, located on the Illinois River in Creve Coeur, is getting some major infrastructure improvements this week.

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Peoria’s Lock and Dam is getting some national attention, as Congress heads into discussions on wide-ranging legislation dealing with the country's aging infrastructure. 

Northmoor Road Closure Begins Today

Sep 18, 2017
City of Peoria

The Northmoor Road Project poses a new wrinkle for Peoria motorists starting today. Northmoor is closed at Rosemead Drive and the Exposition Gardens entrance. Peoria Public Works Director Scott Reeise says they’re closing the road to construct other underground utilities for a new signalized intersection.

Tammy Duckworth is glad to be back working for the entire population of Illinois.

She has just completed her first three months as a U.S. Senator, following her defeat of Republican incumbent Mark Kirk last November.

Duckworth spent three years as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs before moving to Washington D.C. as Assistant Secretary for Veterans Affairs under President Obama. She returned to Illinois in late 2011 and won the Illinois 8th District U.S. House seat the following year.

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 NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Some Amtrak trains operating between Chicago and St. Louis will stop running while upgrades designed to enable trains to reach 110 mph get done.

Hoping to be included in the Trump Administration's future spending on infrastructure, mayors from cities and towns long the Mississippi River are meeting in Washington. And the group includes Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch and Roy Buol from Dubuque.

Caterpillar finished up 2016 in the red. The company released its fourth quarter and year-end reports Thurs.

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DWIGHT, Ill. (AP) - A new high-speed passenger rail station has been completed in the northeast Illinois community of Dwight. 

Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn announced the completion last week. The new station is among upgrades aimed at improving high-speed service between Chicago and St. Louis. 

The 1,500-square foot building features a glass facade and modern amenities for passengers on Amtrak's Lincoln Service. That includes connections to bicycle and pedestrian paths and free Wi-Fi.  Construction began last year at the site of a former grain elevator. It's near a historic train depot in Dwight. 

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Democratic congresswoman and candidate for senate, Tammy Duckworth, made a campaign stop in East Peoria pitching her ideas for improving the nation’s roads and infrastructure Thurs.

“I really see it as an investment that will bring jobs here, it’s not just about the federal government spending money that then disappears,” Duckworth said. “It actually goes into the local economy.”

Duckworth says if she wins the Senate race, she will work across the aisle on a bipartisan agreement to fund infrastructure.

Veterans Drive Reopens to Traffic

Oct 4, 2016
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All segments of Veterans Drive in Pekin are now open. Some construction remains, causing lane closures, but through traffic will still be allowed. The reopening of VFW Drive also brings some changes to the traffic pattern. The VFW and 14th Street intersection as well as the 5th Street intersection are no longer 4-way stops. Veterans Drive traffic does not stop at 14th Street or 5th Street.

 

South Main Street in Washington Closed For Emergency Repairs

Sep 28, 2016
City of Washington

South Main Street in Washington is closed between Holland and Burton Streets for emergency repairs to the sanitary sewer. No service disruption is expected during the repair window. The roadway is expected to reopen Thursday evening. 

A detour route for both north and south bound traffic is Burton Street, Market Street, and W. Holland Street. Only local traffic will be allowed on Catherine Street and E. Holland Street west of S. High Street until further notice.  

Excessive Heat Could Cause Travel Troubles

Jul 22, 2016
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The Illinois Department of Transportation is urging motorists to be on the alert for pavement buckling. I-DOT says the combination of the recent rainfall and extreme heat can lead to pavement expanding and buckling or blowing out, causing impassable or uneven driving surfaces. A statement from the department says as long as the heat and humidity persists, I-DOT will monitor the situation. Crews will be available to make repairs as quickly as possible if needed. I-DOT is also encouraging people to carry drinking water when traveling.

Illinois has borrowed $550 million for construction at what Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says is a record-low interest rate despite the state's beleaguered financial position.  Rauner's office announced it  sold $550 million in bonds at an interest rate of 3.7%.  That's below the 4% interest offered when it sold for $480 million in January. 

Governor compairs schools to prisons

Jun 6, 2016

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is comparing some Chicago Public Schools to prisons.  The state currently has no plan for how to fund schools.  And the plans that Democrats have come up with so far - Governor Rauner has ridiculed for giving too much to Chicago Public Schools.

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BELVIDERE, Ill. (AP) - Presence of a rare mollusk has delayed repairs to a bridge in northern Illinois. The Belvidere Public Works Department's plans to repair a bridge five miles west of downtown will have to wait until 2017. That's because the Illinois Department of Natural Resources needs to determine if a colony of black sandshell mussels should be removed from the Kishwaukee River. 

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A Peoria County committee rejected a proposed property tax hike Tuesday. 

Board members voted 7-5 against the 1.5 cent tax increase, which would have raised an additional  $500,000 for road projects and repairs. Board Chairman Andrew Rand says the tax revenue would have been a small attempt at addressing a massive problem.          

“What this board rejected today was simply pouring a spoonful of water into a bucket full of need, that’s all a half a million dollars would be,” Rand said. 

Two studies that the state of Illinois is funding to further develop the Midwest Inland Port in Decatur are moving forward. 

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A new study found that more of the nation’s food moves through Illinois than any other state. Illinois is the most important link in the country’s food supply chain according to new research from the University of Illinois.

Infrastructure in Illinois is getting dangerously close to disrepair, according to a report from the American Society of Civil Engineers.   The state received a "C-minus" for its maintenance of roads, bridges and waterways.

  

Agriculture groups say a bill signed by President Obama today is a step toward vital upgrades for the nation’s aging lock and dam system. But they also say there is more work to do.