Illinois' infrastructure given "D+"

By WEEK Producer

March 21, 2013 Updated Mar 21, 2013 at 9:47 PM CDT

ILLINOIS -- Illinois' infrastructure is on shaky ground.

A recent report by the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the state a "D+."

The study says about 73% of state roads are in poor or mediocre shape. And, more than 2,000 bridges are considered structurally deficient.

But the State Transportation Secretary says she would grade the highway system a "B."

Ann Schneider says the state invested $26 billion over the last four years.

"The state is responsible for 16,000 miles of the 140,000 miles of roads," said Ann Schneider, Illinois Transportation Secretary. "The local system is the rest. There are probably deficiencies out there that need to be addressed and any funding package that we look at going forward obviously needs to incorporate additional resources for that local system."

Schneider says 85% of roads are in acceptable or better condition. It's 92% for bridges.

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