DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – Getting full federal approval to complete infrastructure projects can take up to seven years thanks to delays in permitting and environmental reviews.
Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Illinois) wants to cut down that process to no more than two years.
“We can move projects along quicker, save taxpayer dollars, create good paying jobs and protect the environment all at the same time,” Davis said this week in Washington.
Davis points to countries like Germany and Canada, which only take up to two years to get through the red tape. In the U.S., it can be as long as seven years.
Davis points to the case of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, which received a $17 million federal grant in November of 2019. Because of all the paperwork and environmental reviews, the project, which expands the Illinois Terminal, has still not been completed.