Budget impasse forcing hold on state’s construction projects; Billions of dollars at stake

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The battle over the budget in Springfield is going to take a toll on road construction projects all over the state if no budget or stopgap measure is in place by July 1st.

And billions of dollars at stake.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is telling contractors to prepare for a complete shutdown.

There will be no more construction and engineering projects starting June 30 due to the state budget impasse.

$2 billion worth of state construction work will be put on on hold.

WGN News obtained a note forwarded to contractors from IDOT:

We have just been directed not to open any holes or set up lane closures on projects that cannot be filled or opened by close of business on June 30, 2016... As the Central Office put it NO DESTRUCTIVE WORK that will cause hazards when we shut down...ALL consultants will be sent home, so let your consultants know that June 30th is their last day until further notice.....DO NOT answer any media inquiries.

Governor Rauner is hoping lawmakers pass a stop gap spending bill that would include money for construction to continue. Without money, the Secretary of IDOT says, projects will cease at the end of the month.

IDOT told WGN News tonight that it had to ask contractors to begin shutting down now so that they can do so safely by the end of the month.

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