The county of Bureau, its townships and municipalities will get a total of about $450,000 as its portion of a $100 million Illinois Jobs Now! construction program for needed infrastructure/road repairs.
Gov. Pat Quinn made the announcement on Monday, saying the $100 million from the Illinois Jobs Now! construction program will go to repair municipal and township infrastructure throughout the state. The funding will help communities combat potholes and make other critical infrastructure repairs following the historic winter weather Illinois faced, Quinn said.
“The extreme and historic winter has left many roads in rough shape,” Quinn said. “This investment will help local communities repair the damage done by Mother Nature and improve the quality of life for residents and businesses.”
The county of Bureau is slated to receive $98,735. Townships are set to receive a total of $245,399. Municipalities in Bureau County will get a total of $113,497.
The repair projects will be selected and managed locally with the Illinois Department of Transportation providing oversight, Quinn said. This new funding is the last of a series of annual transportation investments distributed through the Illinois Jobs Now! program since 2010.
On Tuesday, Bureau County Highway Engineer John Gross said the money from the Illinois Jobs Now! program will go into the county’s Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) fund, which is used for regular maintenance, as well as things like road and construction materials and payroll. Though welcomed money, the recently awarded $98,735 is actually a small portion of the MFT fund. During the last fiscal year, the county spent about $1 million in MFT funds, he said.
The bottom line is whatever money is received, the county will use it as wisely as it can, Gross said.
Looking at the condition of county roads, Gross said the roads aren’t a lot worse than in previous years but are still very tender in places and need to firm up before any major work can be done. Potholes can be filled, but repair work on any longer stretches of damaged roads will need to wait until the roads aren’t so tender, he said.
According to Monday’s press release, Quinn’s $100 million allotment of Illinois Jobs Now! money for road work includes about $60 million for local governments in the Chicago area. The Illinois Jobs Now! program began in 2010.
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Township road allotments
Allotments for municipalities
Bureau Junction $1,598
New Bedford $413
Spring Valley $23,442