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Evanston projects in state capital plan

Northwestern University will get $18 million in capital funding from a new infrastructure program awaiting Governor Pat Quinn’s signature.


Northwestern University will get $18 million in capital funding from a new infrastructure program awaiting Governor Pat Quinn’s signature.

The $26 billion plan includes work on roads, bridges, mass transit, schools and health care facilities across the state.

State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg, co-sponsor of the capital plan, says the program will included $7 million to complete the Molecular Therapeutics and Diagnostics building at Northwestern and money to equip the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center there.

Three road projects in Evanston were also funded — $2.2 million for engineering and construction at Bridge Street at the North Shore Sanitary Canal; $2.030 million for resurfacing Church Street from Gross point Road to Dodge Avenue in Skokie and Evanston, and $400,000 for resurfacing on Asbury Avenue from Oakton Street to Howard Street.

Overall, Schoenberg said, the bill includes nearly $90 million in new road projects in North Shore communities that he represents.

The largest grant is $25 million for engineering and construction of widening of Willow Road west of the Edens Expressway in Northfield.

Schoenberg says the bill addresses a large part of the state’s declining infrastructure problem and will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

“we are further turning the corner on the divisive politics of the past and exercising bold new investment in Illinois’s future,” Schoenberg added.

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