Rep. Murphy: Capital Package will make our roads safer, help attract jobs

Much-needed roadwork projects are underway throughout the 99th District. Representative Murphy recently joined other area Representatives Tim Butler and Avery Bourne to check on repair work in progress along Old Route 66 through Macoupin and Sangamon Counties.

“This stretch of road is an important daily commute for families throughout our area,” Representative Murphy said. “This project will repave and also widen Route 4 between Auburn and Virden making it a safer drive for everyone,” Representative Murphy said.

The $5.4 million Macoupin-Sangamon County road project makes needed improvements to Route 4 (Old Route 66) from just south of IL Route 104 in Auburn to the Macoupin County Line and from the Sangamon County Line to north of George Street in Virden. The project is expected to be completed this fall.

Representative Murphy stressed that this spring’s passage of a new Capital Infrastructure plan for the state will mean many more long-needed road and bridge repairs are on the way.

“The main reason our roads are in such sorry condition is that the Illinois has not had a major capital and infrastructure package since 2009. A recent assessment of Illinois’ transportation system found that if no significant investment is made in state transportation funding, nearly 40% of road miles and 20% of bridges will be in unacceptable condition by 2022. We can’t allow that to happen,” Representative Murphy said. “I voted yes on the new Capital package that will provide $2 billion annually for road and bridge improvements across the state. Not only will this help keep our families safe on our roads, improving and modernizing our infrastructure is also vital to helping us grow and attract new jobs to our communities.”