The Chicago-to-St. Louis high-speed rail line is getting a $102 million investment from the state, Gov. Pat Quinn announced Sunday.
The $102 million in state funding from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program will be used to construct a second set of tracks between Mazonia and Elwood as well as a new bridge over the Kankakee River near Wilmington. Capacity and safety along the corridor between Joliet and Dwight will also be improved with the funds, according to the governor's office.
The Union Pacific Railroad is tasked with performing the new work and the Illinois Department of Transportation will oversee construction, set to happen in 2016 and 2017.
“This investment is going to put people to work and take us one step closer to completing the high-speed rail connection between Chicago and St. Louis,” Quinn said in a statement. “None of this work on the Chicago-St. Louis high-speed line would be possible without the outstanding cooperation of the Union-Pacific Railroad. Investing in our Chicago-St.Louis line today will pay dividends to Illinois residents for years to come.”
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