Illinois Gov. Rauner Announces Significant Investments in Regional Freight

By on June 8, 2018

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner announced this week the allocation of new funding that will make critical improvements to the bi-state region’s freight network.

“Illinois is at the heart of freight activity for the entire country,” Rauner said. “These are smart investments that help improve economic competitiveness. At the same time, communities will be less congested, and the movement of goods and services will be safer and more efficient.”

The funding will support five infrastructure projects that are named in the St. Louis Regional Freightway’s Priority Infrastructure Project List, projects identified by local business and industry leaders, elected officials and the Missouri and Illinois Departments of Transportation as having the most impact to the bi-state area’s freight economy.

The projects are being funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Competitive Freight Program, which aims to improve the mobility of freight at the local level. Administered by IDOT using federal funds, the grants were awarded on a competitive basis, with local, state and federal agencies, as well as private entities, eligible to apply.

“The region’s ability to successfully compete for and secure these grants is a testament to the collaboration and partnership that exists between elected officials, business leaders and other stakeholders in all eight counties we serve in the bi-state area,” said Mary Lamie, Executive Director of the St. Louis Regional Freightway. “This funding provides us with a tremendous opportunity to improve and enhance key elements of the region’s network of freight infrastructure, and improve our position as international freight center and multimodal hub.”

The Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis will receive $1.93 million through the program. The award is leveraging $500,000 in private investment to reestablish a previously existing track alignment in the East St. Louis area that will eliminate conflicts with four nearby highway crossings.

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