Illinois Department of Transportation, Federal, State and Local Leaders Celebrate
Completion of Sunnyland Portion of Illinois Route 8
Groundbreaking Ceremony Kick Starts East Peoria Portion of Reconstruction Project
EAST PEORIA – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)
joined federal, state, and local leaders to announce the
completion of the Sunnyland portion of the IL 8 reconstruction
project. A groundbreaking ceremony also took place to initiate
reconstruction on the East Peoria portion of the IL 8, Summit
Street Expansion and the last segment in the town of Washington.
The overall positive impact of all four segments of the IL 8
reconstruction project will be a nearly $46 million impact in
this region that will include economic benefits, public safety
improvements and a foundation for long-term sustainable growth.
“Across the nation, the Obama Administration is making needed
investments in our infrastructure that are putting people back
to work and getting our economy moving again,” said Secretary
LaHood. “Projects like this one in East Peoria are making a
measurable and meaningful difference – not just in bringing the
economy back from the brink, but also in laying the foundation
for long-term, sustainable growth and prosperity.”
“We are proud to celebrate the progress and infrastructure
investment on Illinois Highways through Illinois Jobs Now!
Projects like the new segments of IL Route 8 to improve safety
for the motoring public and to employ the good citizens of
Illinois,” said Governor Quinn.
“Under the direction of Governor Quinn and his Illinois Jobs
Now! plan, projects like these are providing economic benefits,
safety improvements and sustainable growth for the region and
for residents across the state,” said Illinois Transportation
Secretary Gary Hannig. “We are extremely gratified to unite with
federal, state and local officials to announce the completion of
the Sunnyland project and, at the same time, break ground on new
segments along the route.”
The cities of East
Peoria, Sunnyland and Washington will experience new safety
features, additional lanes and aesthetics in their communities.
The Sunnyland Business Association recognized local leaders for
their investment and efforts to secure IL Route 8, provide
improvements and enhance the quality of business opportunities
in Tazewell County.
On July 13, 2009, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law bills that
created the $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! plan, to help revive
the state’s economy by creating and retaining over 439,000 jobs
over the next six years. The Illinois Jobs Now! plan is the
first statewide capital construction effort to become law in
over a decade.
To view the interactive Proposed Highway Improvement Program
including Illinois Jobs Now! Projects, go to
http://www.dot.state.il.us/hip1015/hwyimprov.html. To access
other construction projects taking place within the Peoria
region, please visit