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Illinois receives $1.4 billion from the federal government to repair and upgrade bridges

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Illinois receives $1.4 billion from the federal government to repair and upgrade bridges

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CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will receive $1.4 billion to help upgrade its damaged bridges under federal infrastructure legislation approved in November, the state’s Democratic congressional delegation announced Friday.

The five-year funding will include $274.8 million in fiscal year 2022, the delegation said in a news release that said Illinois is home to “more than 2,374 bridges in disrepair.”

The money will go to the Illinois Department of Transportation, which can decide how to invest statewide in bridge upgrades.

The Illinois award is part of a $27 billion program to restore and upgrade about 15,000 highway bridges nationwide that President Joe Biden announced on Friday.

“With $1.4 billion set aside for Illinois, it’s poised to be a new era in infrastructure that will drive our economy forward and create jobs,” Senator Dick Durbin said in the communicated. “I am proud to have supported this historic and much-needed legislation.”

Since 2011, commuting in Illinois has increased by more than 7% and on average, each driver in Illinois is paying $609 per year in fees due to driving on unrecovered roads , said the Democratic delegation.

U.S. Representative Robin Kelly said the funding will “create jobs, reduce commute times and, most importantly, ensure our bridges serve as safe and useful connections throughout our great state.”

Illinois receives $1.4 billion from the federal government to repair and upgrade bridges

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