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PARK FOREST – State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) announced Tuesday that local governments he represents in the 40th Senate District will receive more than $52 million in the latest round of Rebuild Illinois infrastructure grants.

“The Rebuild Illinois program represents the state’s commitment to restoring our aging infrastructure,” Joyce said. “The projects ahead will not only create safer, smoother, and more accessible transportation options for drivers, but will also provide jobs in our community and across the state.”

The funding is being distributed in an effort to ensure that local governments have the necessary resources to repair and maintain infrastructure, as well as create jobs and boost the economy on a local level. Cities and municipalities may choose to use the grant for road and bridge improvements, traffic signal upgrades, new storm sewers and bike paths, sidewalk replacements and other long-term maintenance needs, with financial oversight from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

“Investing in these crucial improvements now will make the lives of our residents and visitors easier for years to come,” Joyce said. “Our communities will soon receive the much-needed upgrades and advances necessary to continue driving development.”

This funding comes as the fourth of six rounds of grants totaling $1.5 billion through the Rebuild Illinois program. Those interested can find a complete list of awards here.