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Bipartisan Infrastructure Law brings $1.4 billion to Illinois for bridge repairs


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McClugage Bridge(Jason L Howell | 25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 11:58 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 14, 2022 at 11:59 AM CST
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PEORIA (25 NEWS) - During fiscal year 2022, Illinois will receive $274.8 million dollars to help repair bridges throughout the state.

This is part of $1.4 billion the state will get over the next five years from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

The Illinois Democratic Congressional delegation made the announcement Friday morning.

According to a press release from the office of Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, 2,374 bridges in Illinois are in poor condition.

The money will go to the Illinois Department of Transportation which will decide how to invest it across the state.

Also Friday morning, the Federal Highway Administration announced an investment of over $27 billion tofix about 15,000 bridges nationwide.

This is the largest bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system and every member of Illinois’s Democratic Congressional delegation voted for it.

“Late last year, President Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to create millions of new, good-paying jobs across the country, all while rebuilding our communities. This year, we’re getting shovels in the ground as funds come home to our cities, towns and villages,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D, IL-17).

“...This historic reinvestment has been sorely needed for decades. With $1.4 billion set aside for Illinois, this is poised to be a new era in infrastructure that will move our economy forward and create jobs,” said Senator Dic Durbin (D-IL). “I’m proud to have supported this historic, much-needed legislation.”

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