Quinn announces grant for local roads and transportation

By Alyssa Donovan

September 28, 2013 Updated Sep 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- Cities and counties in the Peoria area are receiving grant money to fund transportation projects.

Governor Pat Quinn was in Peoria to announce a $5.3 million grant.

The funds are part of the Illinois Jobs Now! Program and can be used to repair municipal, township and county infrastructure in the Peoria area.

Projects will be selected and managed locally with the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Governor Quinn said the funds will allow communities to move forward and address critical needs while supporting economic growth.

"That puts people to work and when we want to get our economy going one of the best ways to do that is public works. Investing in these things that will create jobs not only now but for the next generation," Quinn said.

Peoria County will be receiving nearly $950,000 and the city of Peoria is receiving more than $500,000 of that.

City Manager Patrick Urich said a good portion of the funds will be put toward improvements on University Street but there are a lot more road projects that need to be done.

“We've got plans in the works to do Sheridan road, we've got plans in the works to continue University street to Nebraska up to War Memorial Drive so there's a lot of roadwork over the next couple of years that the city is going to be embarking on," Urich said.

In addition to the funds announced Saturday, local governments will also receive $30 million in motor fuel tax funds this year.

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