Rep. Avery Bourne Visits Roadwork Site on Old Route 66; Discusses Importance of New Capital Bill

State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) joined State Representatives Mike Murphy (R-Springfield) and Tim Butler (R-Springfield) on Friday for an early-morning visit to inspect road improvement work currently in progress along Old Route 66 in Macoupin and Sangamon Counties.

“Many residents of Macoupin County travel Route 4 daily to commute to work. This widening and repaving project between Auburn and Virden is important for their safety and it is also providing good-paying jobs for dozens of people in Central Illinois,” said Bourne. “This $5.4 million investment in our local infrastructure will provide a long-term benefit for the entire region. With the recent approval of a new capital bill in Springfield, we’ll be seeing many more similar projects across the state.”

The Macoupin-Sangamon County road project includes a 6.3-mile stretch of road along IL Route 4 (Old Route 66) from just south of IL Route 104 in Auburn to the Macoupin County Line and from the Sangamon County Line to north of George Street in Virden. Over the last decade, the road had decayed significantly.

“The 95th District is a large rural district, and the success of our rural economy is dependent upon our work force’s ability to move the livestock they raise in their barns, the foods they grow in their fields and the goods they manufacture for market,” Bourne said. “A solid and safe infrastructure network is paramount to their success.”

On the final day of the spring legislative session Bourne supported legislation that will provide $2 billion annually for road and bridge improvements across the state. “Anyone who has traveled the roads in the 95th District knows our roads and bridges have fallen into a state of severe disrepair, and while it was difficult to vote for the required funding for a comprehensive capital plan, I believe it was the right thing to do,” Bourne concluded. “By putting in place a source of long-term, sustainable funding for transportation projects, we will be able to keep up with road resurfacing and repair work on a much more appropriate schedule.” The project on Old Route 66 in Macoupin and Sangamon Counties is expected to be completed this fall and will also include Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades to sidewalks in Virden.