Homewood, Flossmoor to Receive State Funds for Road Repairs

The villages of Homewood and Flossmoor will each receive their own allotment to be spent on patching roads following a particularly rough winter.

The state will provide more than $1.2 million to area municipalities, to cover repairs needed on local streets.

The funds will come from the state’s Illinois Jobs Now! program. The winter's extreme weather throughout this winter makes road repair crucial, Gov. Pat Quinn said in a statement.

“The extreme and historic winter has left many roads in rough shape,” he said. “This investment will help local communities repair the damage done by Mother Nature and improve the quality of life for residents and businesses.”

In total, roughly $100 million will be allocated to governments across the state, with about $60 million slotted for the Chicago metropolitan area. Flossmoor will receive $40,391, while Homewood will be given $84,869. Chicago Heights will also be given $142,336. 

Funds from this program are supplementary to motor fuel tax funds the state provides each month to local governments for road repair projects. Those funds are expected to amount to $200 million for Cook County communities this year.

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SHUSSBAR April 14, 2014 at 01:17 PM
'' This investment will help local communities repair the damage done by Mother Nature'' Don t blame mother Nature alone. Stop using so much salt.
Ernie Souchak April 14, 2014 at 03:10 PM
@shussbar - would not the use of roadsalt be in direct proportion to the amount of snow that falls? What am I missing? Don't use any salt except for every other snowstorm?
SHUSSBAR April 15, 2014 at 09:41 AM
@ Ernie. Hi Ernie, what I meant was that we use too much salt overall and it, combine with freezing/thawing, destroys the asphalt on roads. I am in favor of applying salt only on major roads. The rest can be only plowed. Packed snow provides better traction than the melted slush created with the salt solution. Sand/gravel can also be used to improve traction. People should also equipped their car with snow tires.
Liese A Ricketts April 18, 2014 at 08:38 AM
The worst road I have seen, almost impassable, is the road/alley next to Charter One Bank on the south side. It has craters.


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