|SCHAKOWSKY SECURES $12.8 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR DISTRICT IN TRANSPORTATION BILL|
JULY 29, 2005
SCHAKOWSKY SECURES $12.8 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR DISTRICT IN TRANSPORTATION BILL
WASHINGTON, DC - For the first time since 1998, the House of Representatives today passed a surface transportation reauthorization bill, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act - A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) (H.R. 3). U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky secured funding in this bill for a number of projects critical to the 9th Congressional District, including funding for highway and infrastructure improvements and new rail projects. Having been approved by a joint House-Senate conference committee and the full House, the transportation bill will now advance to the Senate for final approval before reaching the President's desk.
The final agreement also includes important passenger safety provisions. As ranking member of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, Representative Schakowsky advocated for new protections to reduce injuries for victims of rollover and side impact crashes, prevent back-over accidents, update power window switches to protect children from being accidentally choked, and require the posting of crash test results on the price stickers of cars. All of those provisions were included in the transportation bill which passed the House today.
Upon passage of the legislation, Representative Schakowsky said: "This is a long-awaited and welcome bipartisan bill. For the 9th Congressional District, enactment means resurfaced and safer roads, new bicycle and walking paths, expanded 'EL' service and shorter commutes. My constituents will notice a real difference when these projects are completed. This transportation bill funds preservation and beautification efforts in residential neighborhoods and commercial corridors in my district and will put people to work in new jobs on transportation projects throughout Illinois and the country. This bill will make automobiles safer by offering new protections to reduce accidents and protect children and crash victims."
In the conference-approved legislation which passed the House today, Representative Schakowsky secured a total allocation of $12.8 million for transportation projects in the 9th Congressional District.
A complete list of funding for transportation projects in the 9th Congressional District is below:
$1.600,000: To construct a streetscape project along Morse avenue from Clark street to Sheridan road [Chicago]
$800,000: To help fund a study of the possible extension of the Chicago North lakefront path [Chicago]
$1.200,000: To reconstruct the Lakeshore Drive Overpass over Wilson avenue [Chicago]
$1,200,000: To perform the Broadway and Sheridan Road signal interconnect project [Chicago]
$1,200,000: To reconstruct the Lakeshore Drive overpass over Lawrence Avenue [Chicago]
$2,400,000: To upgrade Ridge Avenue [Evanston]
$200,000: To construct a Citywide bicycle path network [Evanston]
$1,600,000 To reconstruct Sheridan Road [Evanston]
$200,000: To construct a multi-use pedestrian path between Oakton St. and Dempster St [Skokie]
$1,600,000: To eliminate and reconstruct the Highway-Railway crossing over US 14 and the realignment of US 14 (the "S" curve) [Des Plaines]
$800,000: To perform the Old Orchard Road Expansion and improvement project between Harms road and US 41 (Skokie Blvd.) [Cook County]
Representative Schakowsky also secured a funding authorization for the Chicago CTA -- Yellow Line (Skokie Swift) Extension Project (Dempster-Old Orchard), which will result in new Yellow Line stops at Oakton Street and Old Orchard Road.