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Gov. Pritzker's capital plan proposes $57M for Route 47 in McHenry County

Money also in place for technical center in McHenry

Vehicles drive past bridge construction on Route 14 near Bunker Hill Road in Woodstock on June 23, 2017.
Vehicles drive past bridge construction on Route 14 near Bunker Hill Road in Woodstock on June 23, 2017.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposed six-year, $41.5 billion Rebuild Illinois capital plan includes $57 million for construction and improvements to Route 47 in McHenry County from Route 120 to Route 14.

“Widening IL 47 is key to creating economic growth by enhancing mobility, fixing infrastructure, and improving safety in Woodstock and McHenry County,” according to a report from the Pritzker administration. “This section of IL 47 from US 14 to IL 120 has the highest existing traffic along the entire corridor and some of the highest crash rates.”

An investment into a career, technical and manufacturing center in McHenry is also proposed as part of a $281.9 million investment for community college projects.

Based on research from the White House Council of Economic Advisors, Rebuild Illinois is estimated to bring roughly 540,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs through the life of the plan.

Although Illinois is a transportation hub of the nation, it has not had a comprehensive, multi-year capital plan in place since 2009, according to the Pritzker administration’s report.

“Illinois has failed to make important investments in maintaining infrastructure on a consistent basis. For roadways alone, the state consistently underfunds its maintenance needs by several hundred million dollars a year,” the report said. “The federal government has failed to enact a meaningful infrastructure bill since 2009, exacerbating Illinois’ failures to invest in basic infrastructure.”

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