Illinois Road Projects Could Be Delayed Due to Lower Gas Tex Revenues

Illinois Road Projects Could Be Delayed Due to Lower Gas Tex Revenues

SPRINGFIELD – Some Illinois road construction projects scheduled to be completed this year could be delayed until next year because of lower-than-anticipated gas tax revenues during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the State Journal-Register, transportation officials haven’t yet assessed how many projects might be pushed to 2021, but Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Omer Osman said the department will prioritize projects related to safety improvements.

Gas tax revenues used to fund road projects were much lower than originally projected because people are driving less during the pandemic.

State officials said from March through June of this year gas tax revenues are down $82 million from the same period last year.