• State eyes additional road project funds

    by  • January 2, 2013 • News

    Illinois could have $275 million more for road and bridge projects this year if lawmakers approve a department of transportation funding plan when they return to Springfield on Wednesday.

    A document obtained by the associated press identifies $400 million in extra federal and freed-up state money to pump into the transit improvement program during the next five years.

    DOT wants to use $275 million of that this summer, which would be a 15 percent increase over the $1.76 billion planned for work this year statewide.

    A spokeswoman says Senate Democrats will decide Wednesday whether to include the request in this week’s three-day session.

    Assistant majority leader John Sullivan — a Rushville democrat — says he favors the idea if transportation officials satisfactorily answer how they will spend the money.