Quinn announces almost $13B in road fixes

April 16, 2010 5:13:23 AM PDT
Governor Pat Quinn announced a multi-billion-dollar plan Thursday to fix roads in Chicago and across Illinois.

The state is putting almost $13 billion into the improvement plan which will span over five years.

"We have to invest in our transportation system," said Quinn at a news conference Thursday. "It's important to get wherever we have to go - from work to home, to school, to shop, to vacations, whatever the case might be."

The project includes bridge rehabilitation, interchange reconstruction, and lighting.

"Illinois has to have a good system of roads and bridges," said Quinn.

The governor said the construction plan will create 167,000 jobs over the next few years.