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IDOT plans $20 million in road work in McLean County this year

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Emily Bollinger
The Illinois Department of Transportation says seven state-maintained roads and bridges will see repair work over the next year.

State transportation officials say McLean County will see close to $20 million in work to repair some of its crumbling roads and bridges.

The money will fund seven projects on state-maintained roads over the next year, according to a news release from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).

Bridge work will be done at three locations on Interstate 55: the Funks Grove rest area, near U.S. Route 136 at McLean, and north of Lexington to the Livingston County line. The work at Funks Grove is scheduled to be completed in August. The joint repair and bridge deck resurfacing near Route 136 is scheduled to be finished in October, while the repair and bridge deck resurfacing north of Lexington is targeted for completion in September 2023.

Road resurfacing also is planned along Route 136, from I-55 south to Heyworth. That work is scheduled to be finished in October. U.S. Route 150 from I-74 west to Carlock will see patching and resurfacing work from July to September. U.S. Route 24 is getting pavement patching and resurfacing. IDOT said that project started in May and is scheduled to be finished by August. Illinois Route 122, from Illinois Route 9 west of Bloomington to the Tazewell County line, will see patching and resurfacing starting in July and will continuing through November.

Funding comes from the Rebuild Illinois capitol plan lawmakers approved in 2019. IDOT said Rebuild Illinois has spent $33.2 billion to repair the state’s aging transportation system.

IDOT added that motorists should prepare for lane reductions during each of these projects.

Eric Stock is the News Director at WGLT. You can contact Eric at ejstoc1@ilstu.edu.
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