TFIC rallies support for highway repairs
MURPHYSBORO, Ill. - The state of Illinois has one of the largest and oldest highway systems in the country, many of which need repairs that they are not getting.
In fact, there are parts of the highway system that have not been repaired in more than 50 years.
That is why the Transportation for Illinois Coalition told laborers, developers and lawmakers that there is not enough money from the state for current or future construction projects.
Through a series of 19 meetings around Illinois, the TFIC is on a mission to rally support, to convince lawmakers that by bringing construction workers in they're actually making revenue go up.
Construction workers and laborers across the state of Illinois are out of work.
"So, you can imagine if those people were working and spending money from their salaries instead of not being able to work, you would have a tremendous overall impact on the economy," said TFIC member Jennifer Morrison.
But there is plenty of work to be done on the state's massive highway system.
Morrison says the more construction workers we have infiltrating small towns, the more revenue for the state.
"And the construction workers obviously then take the paychecks and invest that in restaurants, cars, clothing, all kinds of things," said Morrison.
Morrison says it is a cycle that would not only better infrastructure, but unemployment and the economy.
"Illinois has the third largest number of miles of interstate in the country and those are 50 years old by and large, or older. They were designed for a life of 25 years," said Morrison.
Right now, Interstate 57 and Route 13 are undergoing some heavy construction.
"But there's a lot more of that that needs to be done," said Morrison.
She is encouraging everyone from laborers, developers and concerned drivers to contact their policy makers in Springfield to get a green light on more roadway renovations.