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Here's A List Of Road Projects That Will Stop If There's No State Budget

By Tanveer Ali | June 29, 2017 3:55pm
 Lane Closures and ramp restrictions will hit the Eisenhower Expressway starting Friday.
Lane Closures and ramp restrictions will hit the Eisenhower Expressway starting Friday.
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CHICAGO — At least $250 million in road projects would come to a halt if Illinois doesn't have a state budget by midnight Friday, officials said.

If Springfield lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner don't reach a budget deal by that point, agencies like the Illinois Department of Transportation would be unable to pay their contractors.

"If we don't have a budget tomorrow night, everything will shut down," Illinois Department of Transportation spokeswoman Gianna Urgo said Thursday.

Here's a list of the state projects that would come to a halt if no deal is reached, according to the state's transportation department:

Jane Byrne Circle interchange project expanding westbound Eisenhower Expy.: $31.8 million of $76.6 million already spent.

• The Stevenson Expy. and Lake Shore Drive interchange reconstruction: $112.5 million of $135.7 million spent.

• Kennedy Expy. lane additions from Cumberland to Harlem: $3.9 million of $23 million spent.

• New bridge on the Cumberland Flyover (I-190 to O'Hare): $5.1 million of $24 million spent.

Additionally, a series of projects that were expected to start sometime after July 1 related to the ongoing Jane Byrne interchange project would also be impacted. Those impacted plans include bridge replacements of Van Buren Street and Monroe Street as well as a new bridge eastbound on the Eisenhower.

Reconstruction plans on the Eisenhower between Racine Avenue and Congress Street would also be stalled.