Illinois Transportation Secretary Announces State to Receive $13.5 Million in Grants for Highway Projects
Federal Funding Expected to Create Jobs, Move Forward Important Construction Projects and Enhance Safety
SPRINGFIELD – August 9, 2012. Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider announced today that
Illinois will receive $13.5 million in federal grants for highway projects. The funding was awarded last
week by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to fund various highway projects ranging from interstate
rehabilitation and reconstruction to safety technologies. The goal of the funding is to improve safety and
reduce congestion nationwide.
“We are grateful recipients of these much needed transportation funds to get even more construction
projects underway,” said Secretary Schneider. “We appreciate the continuous support by FHWA to provide
opportunities like this giving us the means to create jobs, foster economic growth and improve safety in
Illinois was among other states, cities, tribal governments and local planning organizations invited by
FHWA to apply for federal funding from 12 grant programs. Nearly 1,500 requests poured in from every state,
Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., totaling approximately $2.5 billion. A total of $363 million in grant
funding was made available through enactment of the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II.
Among the 13 Illinois projects to benefit from the grant are:
- $2.2 million – Rail-Highway Crossing Hazard Elimination High Speed Rail Corridors – Project will
construct a grade separated roadway and provide for the closure of a private crossing, closure of a
pedestrian crossing, and diversion of traffic from a public crossing in Williamsville.
- $3.3 million – I-57 Reconstruction Project – Project will reconstruct 8.7 miles of pavement in
Union and Pulaski Counties to upgrade the roadway to new safety standards and improve the riding surface
of the high-volume truck area.
- $715, 118 – Value Pricing Pilot Program/Peer to Peer Car Sharing – This project will explore the
use of private vehicles rented by owners on an hourly basis as a strategy to increase consumer commuting
choice in combination with traditional car sharing in Chicago, called I-Go Car Share. The goal is to
reduce vehicle ownership by offering more vehicles at different price points in neighborhoods already
served by car sharing and to also expand car sharing into new neighborhoods.
These projects were authorized by Congress to support projects that improve roadway safety, maintain the nation’s roads and bridges and make communities more livable.
For a complete list of FY 12 grants, click on the link titled FHWA FY12 Discretionary Grant List on www.dot.il.gov/.