Illinois receives poor transportation grades from ratings groups

Published: Friday, April 12, 2019 09:56 AM

Illinois roadsIllinois roadways are in very poor shape, according to two groups who rate the quality of states’ transportation systems.

Reports from the American Society of Engineers (ASCE) and AAA say Illinois’ transportation system is in dire need of investment and that travelers are facing increased costs due to the poor condition of roads and bridges.

In their infrastructure report card, ASCE gave Illinois’ roadways a D grade, stating that Illinois motorists are now paying a combined $4.8 billion a year or $566 per motorist in vehicle repairs due to these conditions.

‘Full-depth failure’ of roadway fuels infrastructure concerns

Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 10:02 AM

ScreenShot20190325at3.37.05PMA massive pothole appeared on Interstate 255 near Cahokia on March 25, ruining several Metro East drivers’ morning commutes.

The pothole, which was large and deep enough to show the metal grid beneath the road’s surface, caused Illinois Department of Transportation officials to close a lane of the highway while they addressed the issue.

Decatur Hearing Reveals Scope of Infrastructure Needs

Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 02:25 PM

03182019CM0124When people think about infrastructure, their minds are often limited to roads and bridges. On March 12, members of the subcommittees on capital hosted their third hearing in Decatur where it is clear, roads and bridges aren’t the only needs.  

Decatur Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe, representatives from Richland Community College and leaders from the Decatur Park District were all participants in panels at Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur.

Edwardsville Hearing Attracts Metro East Interests

Published: Tuesday, March 05, 2019 02:23 PM

03042019MH0322After a preliminary hearing in Springfield, the Senate’s capital construction committees began their statewide tour in Edwardsville on March 4. 

Representatives from various interested groups gathered at Southern Illinois University’s Edwardsville campus to discuss how some areas are struggling with growth, while others, like township governments, face fiscal challenges from deteriorating roadways in economically important industrial areas.

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