Quinn designates $7.4 million for Cook County construction

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has designated about $7.4 million to go toward construction projects in Cook County.

According to the governor's office, the projects will largely be managed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.  Projects that are planned include deck repairs on the I-55 bridge at Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, modernized traffic signals in Calumet City, and the resurfacing of portions of Roosevelt Road in Chicago and Cicero.  A pedestrian path costing $1.6 million will also be constructed in Palos Heights.

The projects are part of a $31 billion capital construction program that was approved by lawmakers in 2009, and was largely funded through legalizing video poker, raising taxes on liquor, beauty products, and candy, and privatizing the Illinois lottery.

Quinn says the projects will "address critical infrastructure needs in Cook County, improve safety, and increase mobility."

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