Sustainable investment will protect families and economic growth

Fixing Unsafe Roads and Bridges

Families and businesses rely upon government to maintain safe and efficient transportation infrastructure that moves people and products reliably throughout Illinois. Unfortunately, a lack of investment has left Illinois’ roads and bridges teetering on the brink of a crisis that threatens the entire state.

  • More than 26,000 miles of Illinois roads are in “poor” condition
  • More than 2,300 of Illinois bridges are rated as “structurally deficient” and require repair.
  • The amount of backlogged road repairs will double to 5,500 miles by 2023 without additional funding
  • Illinois roads were ranked third worst nationally for travel delay, excess fuel  consumed, truck congestion cost, and total congestion cost.
  • Illinois needs an additional $10 billion between 2018-2023 just to bring existing roads to acceptable condition and repair all backlogged bridges


Bad Roads Cost Every Driver More

  • Drivers in Illinois spend an additional $627 per year on vehicle maintenance due to inferior roads, while an average Illinois driver currently only pays $360 per year in state and federal transportation fees


Illinois Bridges are Past Their Prime

  • More than 1,000 bridges in Illinois are more than 100 years old, and one in three bridges is 50+ years old, well beyond design expectations


Rebuilding our infrastructure will create well-paying jobs and develop the next generation of skilled workers in Illinois

  • More than 40 percent of Illinois’ construction workforce is unionized, earning decent wages and benefits and participating in federally-approved career training programs.
  • Union contracts provide equal pay for female and minority workers


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