IDOT announced Monday nearly $500 million in road projects for Spring 2013. They are outlined below:

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Among the bigger downstate projects is a $12.6 million upgrade of Interstate 57 between Marion and Johnston City.

Smaller projects include new road signs throughout Woodford County and sidewalk work in Dwight.

“Illinois has a world-class transportation system and we are making it even stronger by carrying out one of the largest spring construction programs ever,” Gov. Pat Quinn said in an announcement on Chicago’s south side, where $32 million has been earmarked for upgrades to a busy section of Interstate 94.

In all, the Illinois Department of Transportation has set aside $486 million for more than 200 projects.

Much of the funding for the projects comes from the state’s $31 billion capital construction program, which is financed by higher taxes on liquor, higher vehicle licensing fees and video gambling.

The governor said the program has thus far financed about $14 billion in transportation projects affecting nearly 7,000 miles of road and 1,113 bridges.

In central Illinois, Illinois 48 is in line for $4.3 million in work near the Macon-Piatt county line. The state also plans to spend $675,000 replacing a bridge over Lake Fork Creek near Maroa.

In Coles County, $210,000 has been set aside for pavement patching on Interstate 57 near Illinois 16. Another $340,000 will be spent to upgrade a bridge over the Union Drainage Ditch 2.75 miles west of Charleston.

In McLean County, $405,000 will be spent on patching parts of Interstate 39 north of its intersection with Interstate 55. The state also plans to spend $190,000 on sidewalk upgrades in Dwight.

In Rock Island and Henry counties, the state plans to spend more than $6.1 million upgrading U.S. 6 near the Niabi Zoo Road, including the replacement of a bridge over Shaffer Creek. Illinois 92 in Rock Island County also is set to be resurfaced for $920,000 from west of Interstate 88 to the Henry County line.

In southern Illinois, the projects include $3.9 million in ongoing upgrades of Illinois 13 near Crainville and Carterville.

In Alexander County, plans include a $2 million project to upgrade parts of U.S. 51 in Cairo. In Massac County, $4 million will be spent on Interstate 24 upgrades on the bridge crossing the Ohio River.

And, in Johnson County, $225,000 has been budgeted for a pedestrian and bike trail connecting the Tunnel Hill Trail with Vienna High School.

Quinn said he will lobby lawmakers to approve another $2.7 billion in construction projects later this spring.

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