AURORA, Ill. – State Rep. Barbara Hernandez, D-Aurora, is announcing that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will be constructing more than $20 million in improvements to her community’s highway infrastructure.
“People commuting to work, customers driving to local businesses, visitors coming in from out of town; Aurora’s highways play a huge role in the lives of everyone in this community,” Hernandez said. “These highway developments will ease daily commutes, bring new jobs and economic stimulus into the community, and strengthen our supply chain links. It’s clear this is another step towards a stronger Illinois that our capital plan has helped bring, and I’m proud to support it.”
Hernandez’s Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan funds a six-year $24.6 billion investment plan for construction and repair of roads and bridges across Illinois. Roughly $20 million will go to projects on state and local highways in Hernandez’s Aurora district, such as improving road lighting, fixing cracked joints and supports, building new bridges and other developments.
Hernandez voted in favor of the original capital bill in 2019, as well as budgets funding this plan every year she has been in office.
“Improving our highways brings in a number of benefits including a major boost to public safety,” Hernandez said. “Installing new streetlights, building sidewalks, reinforcing cracked overpasses; these are all projects that help prevent traffic accidents and even save lives.”