Elgin Mayor Ed Schock was invited by Governor Pat Quinn to join in the announcement of a $100 million capital investment in local transportation needs as part of Illinois Jobs Now! Elgin will be receiving $455,717 to repair city infrastructure, improve public safety and put people to work in the city as part of the program.
“Improving and maintaining the city’s infrastructure is a sound investment that will directly benefit Elgin’s residents and businesses,” said Schock. “I, along with my fellow municipal officials, am deeply appreciative of Governor Quinn’s continuing commitment to the cities and villages of this State.”
The initial $100 million investment, along with the subsequent five installments, will be distributed to local governments by the same formula as the Illinois Motor Fuel Tax. The first investment will boost municipalities’ normal distribution of the state fuel tax by 17 percent.
Projects will be selected and administered locally, but must meet the same eligibility requirements as those funded through the fuel tax. Qualified projects include: local street and bridge maintenance, new traffic signals, storm sewer and bike path construction, sidewalk replacements, and pothole repairs. For a complete list, visit www.dot.il.gov/blr/mftbooklet.pdf.
“Because of the leadership of Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois General Assembly, IDOT is able to provide our cities, counties and townships with this first installment to address infrastructure needs and to stimulate the local economy,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig. “We are extremely proud to announce this opportunity and look forward to the impact it will provide for communities across the state.”
IDOT is currently leading Illinois’ largest road construction program in state history through Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program. From 2009 through the end of this year the state will have invested approximately $8 billion to repair or rebuild 4,800 miles of roads and 566 bridges. These projects are creating an estimated 155,000 short-term and permanent jobs.
For a complete listing of the funding distribution by county, road district or municipality, visit www.dot.il.gov/FY2011/map.aspx.