Illinois Infrastructure has Improved — But it’s Nothing to Celebrate
For many, it is difficult to see much improvement in Illinois’ infrastructure over the past few years. We don’t calculate our daily average time stuck in traffic — what matters to us is that it takes too long to get home at the end of the day to see our families. It is hard to see any improvement when you are stuck in traffic. And yet, according to the Illinois Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Illinois has made some strides recently in improving its infrastructure.
A couple of weeks ago, our group of professional Illinois civil engineers released the 2014 Report Card for Illinois’ Infrastructure. The 2014 report card gave out 4 Ds and 5 Cs, giving Illinois’ infrastructure a cumulative GPA of C-. While a C- would no doubt get my kids grounded, the GPA actually is an improvement from our 2010 report card, which gave Illinois a D+.
Encouragingly, state and city leaders have tackled some ambitious infrastructure projects to raise the grades. Programs such as Create have started unclogging Illinois’ rail and traffic bottlenecks. The Illinois Jobs Now effort brought $31 billion to start fixing our big infrastructure problems. The Illinois Tollway’s Move Illinois Program has started to transform our tollways into a modern, efficient and sustainable system.
Read more via Crain’s Chicago Business