The Illinois Department of Transportation recently issued nearly $106 million via the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program to expand travel options and enhance quality of life in communities statewide – from funding biking and walking path projects to Safe Route to Schools initiatives.
[Above photo by the Illinois DOT]
That funding comes through the state’s Rebuild Illinois infrastructure investment program signed into law in June 2019.
“Our Rebuild Illinois capital plan is improving the day-to-day lives of our residents,” said Governor J.B. Pritzker (D) in a statement. “From safer pedestrian paths to new bike lanes and trail systems to beautification projects, the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program will deliver real value to nearly 100 communities across the state, with a special focus on equity.”
He added that the Illinois DOT is allocating more than 60 percent of that $106 million to projects in “communities that best demonstrated a financial need.”
“Investing in local communities strengthens our state’s entire transportation system,” noted Omer Osman, Illinois DOT secretary.
“Under Gov. Pritzker’s leadership, we’re working to ensure resources are getting to the communities that need them most,” he said. “By investing in infrastructure and travel options at the local level, we’re making Illinois a safer and better place to work, build a business and raise a family.”
Osman added that the next call for projects funded by the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program occurs in late 2022, with awards announced in 2023.