KANKAKEE, IL – Get ready for a major boost in the transportation sector! Governor JB Pritzker has just announced a whopping $40 million investment for the Illinois 17 interchange with Interstate 57.
The grant is part of the Illinois Competitive Freight Program that aims to improve the movement of freight throughout the state, creating jobs, and enhancing safety and local quality of life.
The I-57 and Illinois Route 17 Interchange project is among the 22 statewide projects receiving nearly $200 million in awards. The grant will be used to address bottlenecks, increase mobility, and improve the supply chain up and down the state, making Illinois more competitive in the global marketplace.
This significant investment will boost Kankakee’s economic growth and bring job opportunities for its residents. With Illinois being one of the top three states for freight activity, the project is expected to make a substantial impact on the city’s transportation infrastructure. The total cost of the project is $95 million, with $22.7 million in federal funding and $10 million as the matching amount.
The funding is part of billions Governor Pritzker’s administration has invested in communities across Illinois to restore and renew all modes of transportation throughout the state. With this investment in the I-57 and Illinois Route 17 Interchange project, Kankakee can expect an improvement in the capacity of the interchange, reducing congestion, and boosting safety for motorists and commercial truck drivers alike.
The bipartisan Rebuild Illinois program is the largest capital program in state history, investing a combined total of $33.2 billion into the state’s aging transportation system. Kankakee’s residents can look forward to experiencing better mobility and a more efficient supply chain that will further enhance the city’s economic growth.