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Governor Rauner Announces Infrastructure Plan in Peoria

Kristin McHugh

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.

The planned projects are part of a new, risk-based management program required by the Federal Highway Administration. It challenges states to review the life cycle of its bridges and roads. Rauner says it's smart management.


"The reality is we’ve got to invest in our assets on a smart basis, on an ongoing basis to make sure they're well maintained. And, that actually saves money in the long run and we get longer effective lives out of our roads and bridges," says Rauner.

IDOT has completed the initial portion of the asset management program and plans to be fully compliant by June 2019. Governor Rauner says the McClugage Bridge rehabilitation project is a key portion of the IDOT plan. That $204 million project is scheduled to begin next year and is slated for completion in 2023.


Kristin McHugh is an experienced radio journalist and nonprofit manager. Most recently, she served as executive director of the Peoria Area World Affairs Council.