A big relief. That’s how Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard describes the passing of a state budget yesterday, and specifically the inclusion of money for road projects.
Legislators passed a “stopgap” spending plan for the State of Illinois yesterday. Without a budget, and with the new fiscal year starting today, road projects would have been stopped.
“Without that happening, if a stoppage would have occurred, then there would have been a lot of barricades already up, they started work, and they would have continued just to stay up,” says Ezard. “And then, the North Main project wouldn’t even have started.”
Ezard says the North Main project should start in a couple of weeks. It will be funded through a combination of state funds and local Motor Fuel Tax revenue.