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Senator: 'Lake County often forgotten'

$18 million for area roads

Published: Friday, June 13, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:50 p.m. CDT
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Melinda Bush

Lake County's 31st Senate District has received more than $18 million for highway, bridge and local road repair projects, Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, said in a news release.

“Lake County is often forgotten about when it comes to transportation needs,” Bush said. “We have a huge number of highways and bridges that are in desperate need of upkeep and structural repair. One of my top priorities has been to address these issues and keep our highways and bridges safe for drivers.”

The majority of the money promised to Lake County is part of a larger $1.1 billion construction plan approved by the General Assembly last week. It does not call for any new taxes or fees to finance the construction. Instead, the state will reallocate money that is no longer needed to pay off construction bonds.

“Lake County will be receiving nearly $16 million for much needed resurfacing projects at I-94 and U.S. 41, as well as stretches of Milwaukee Avenue, Main Street, Antioch Road and Liberty Street,” Bush said. “These resurfacing projects will alleviate the potholes, seams, and winter-induced speed humps that plague these roads and those that have to drive them on a daily basis.”

The highway and bridge construction plan will focus on “shovel-ready” projects that can be completed quickly, Bush said. All of the projects come from IDOT's five-year plan, but some have been moved up on the priority list based on congestion, traffic and population.

In addition to the $1.1 billion construction project, the General Assembly also passed a $100 million transportation measure that will help local governments with their road upkeep. Lake County, various townships and Antioch, Beach Park, Grayslake, Gurnee, Hainesville, Lake Villa, Lindenhurst, Old Mill Creek, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Heights, Round Lake Park, Third Lake, Wadsworth, Wauconda, Waukegan, Winthrop Harbor and Zion are all scheduled to receive local transportation funding totaling nearly $3 million from this program.

“This funding will help local governments maintain safe roads as we continue to work to keep up with the transportation needs of our community,” Bush said.

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