On Monday, Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) released the state’s FY 2020-25 Proposed Highway Improvement Program, also known as the Multi-Year Plan. The plan lays out $23.5 billion worth of work on the state’s roads and bridges over the next six years, with $3.76 billion for highways statewide in FY 2020. Highway District 1, which includes six of the seven counties within the CMAP region, will see $6.6 billion in investments over the next six years.
According to IDOT, the plan is an important shift from waiting until roads and bridges are severely deteriorated before repairing them to using asset management to improve their condition throughout their lifecycle with a goal of reducing the rate of deterioration as cost effectively as possible. This shift from “worst first” to proactively preserving infrastructure is one that ON TO 2050
supports and recommends be expanded to local roads and jurisdictions. Look for more in-depth analysis of the investments outlined in the Multi-Year Plan as they relate to ON TO 2050 priorities as well as the plan’s regionally significant projects in a future Weekly Update.