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Billions of dollars have been approved for construction projects around Illinois.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn unveiled a construction program on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 that will improve roads and bridges throughout the state as well as build-up public transportation. The six-year program will funnel $8.6 billion into the projects.

From 2015 – 2020, 1,845 miles of highway will be improved and 384 bridges will be replaced or repaired.

More than $308 million will be spent on a new I-74/US 6 bridge in Moline and $222 million will go toward the new intercity passenger rail from Chicago to Moline.

Related: Moline is on the move with 2014 projects

“Replacing the functionally obsolete I-74 Bridge across the Mississippi River will not only increase safety but it will create jobs and economic growth across our region,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.

The Illinois Department of Transportation has offered a $15/hour reimbursement rate for contractors who hire graduates of the department’s Highway Construction Careers Training Program.

The projects were set to begin anytime after July 1, 2014.