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Major Road Repair Funding Coming to North Shore April 15, 2009

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Initial phase of statewide capital plan aids local “shovel-ready” projects 

Evanston, IL – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Jeff Schoenberg (D-Evanston) today announced that an infusion of more than $20 million in new state and federal funding will be used to repair crumbling North Shore roads as part of a jobs and revitalization package approved by Illinois lawmakers and Governor Quinn late last week.

The Senate unanimously passed the multi-billion-dollar capital infrastructure initiative, which is the first installment of an anticipated $26 billion package for roads, bridges, mass transit and passenger and freight rail. The package will send thousands of residents back to work while capturing billions of dollars in federal assistance.

“This revitalization package will give our communities and our state a necessary investment of new state and federal stimulus funding and create more jobs to improve our crumbling infrastructure,” Schoenberg said. “Since our state also has a very high unemployment rate right now and we need to get our residents sustainable jobs as soon as possible.”

Schoenberg said all of the projects in his North Shore involve resurfacing roads, but there will be patch work done at various locations in north suburban Cook County as well.

The projects in Senator Schoenberg’s North Shore district include:

• Central Street (Evanston) – McDaniel Ave to Ashland Ave & Ashbury Ave to Sherman Ave – resurfacing, $860,000
• Forest Way Drive (Winnetka) – Dundee Road to Willow Road– resurfacing, $1,200,000
• Golf Road/Simpson Street/Emerson Street (Skokie) – Gross Point Road to McCormick Blvd – resurfacing, $1,320,000
• Gross Point Road (Skokie/Evanston) – Central St to Golf Road – resurfacing, $530,000
• Ridge Road (Wilmette/Winnetka) – Winnetka Road to Forest Ave & south of Schiller Ave to Wilmette Ave – resurfacing, $670,000
• Sheridan Road/South Boulevard (Evanston) – South Blvd to Juneway Terrace & Chicago Ave to Sheridan Road – resurfacing, $900,000
• Sheridan Road (East Rogers Park) – North of Juneway Terrace to Arthur Ave – resurfacing, $3,300,000
• Willow Road (Glenview) – Landwehr Road to C&NW Rail Road – resurfacing, $1,325,000
• Willow Road (Glenview) – SOO Rail Road to east of IL 43 – resurfacing, $925,000
• US-41/Skokie Road (Wilmette) – Central Ave to Old Orchard Road – resurfacing, $745,000
• US-41/IL 50/Skokie Road/Cicero Ave (Skokie) – Foster Street to Tuohy Ave – resurfacing, $3,010,000
• Dempster Street (Skokie/Evanston) – US-41 to McCormick Blvd & Chicago Ave to Judson Ave – resurfacing, $1,666,000

These “shovel-ready” projects will be part of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) bid-letting scheduled for May 23, 2009. For desperately-needed pothole repairs in area communities, construction crews in some instances will begin work on the projects as early as the end of the month.

Schoenberg cautioned that the long-overdue roadwork may cause some inconvenience for area motorists, it also means that repairs to these major thoroughfares is finally being addressed. He added that sound infrastructure and the accompanying job creation will greatly benefit the area’s economy.

The legislative package was passed by the House and signed into law by Governor Quinn late last week.

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