Illinois Gov. Pritzker, IDOT launch largest infrastructure multi-year plan in state history

June 18, 2024
During the next six years, $41.42 billion in funding will be spread across all modes of transportation, including $7.5 billion for transit.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has launched the largest multi-year program to build and repair infrastructure in the history of the state of Illinois, as $41.42 billion in funding will be spread across all modes of transportation during the next six years. The new program eclipses the previous record set in 2023 and continues the momentum of the Rebuild Illinois capital program. The program aims to modernize Illinois’ transportation system and create economic opportunity while improving safety, mobility and quality of life throughout the state. 

“Rebuild Illinois has been among my highest priorities since I became governor, after years of neglect and disinvestment that held back our state’s growth,” said Gov. Pritzker. “Over the next six years – stretching all the way to FY 2030 – we will continue making historic investments into improving every aspect of our infrastructure and in every part of our state. This plan is guiding the build-out of a world-class transportation system that all of Illinois deserves and we are creating hundreds of thousands of quality jobs while doing it.”  

"By investing in our roads, bridges, public transit and ports, we are unlocking opportunities, connecting residents to jobs and essential services and building a stronger future for our state," said Illinois Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton. "This plan puts the needs of Illinoisans at the forefront, ensuring that every corner of Illinois will benefit from these transformative investments for generations to come." 

IDOT’s new multi-year program is both comprehensive and multimodal, with investments in roads and bridges, transit, freight and passenger rail and waterways, as well as bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. 

The Fiscal Year 2025-30 Proposed Highway and Multimodal Improvement Program will invest $29.65 billion in state roads and bridges, with $5.3 billion identified for the current fiscal year. A total of $11.77 billion is programmed for other modes, which includes $7.5 billion for transit and $2.54 billion for freight and passenger rail, Projects are across state and local transportation systems in all 102 counties in the state. 

The record $41.42 billion multi-year program is due in part to engineering and planning efforts in the early years of Rebuild Illinois and the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021, fueling increased construction activity. The previous record amount was $40.99 billion in 2023. 

“Under Governor Pritzker, we are making history rebuilding Illinois, strengthening our status as America’s transportation hub and leaving a positive impact that will last for generations,” said IDOT Secretary Omer Osman. “We look forward to putting people to work, striving to build the safest, most resilient and accessible system of transportation in the country.” 

Passed in 2019, Rebuild Illinois is investing a total of $33.2 billion into the state’s aging transportation system during the next six years, creating jobs and promoting economic growth. Rebuild Illinois is not only the largest capital program in state history, but also the first one that touches all modes of Illinois transportation. 

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