CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn says the state has to spend money to ensure Illinois has safe roads and bridges.
Quinn on Thursday announced the latest update to the state road program that includes improving more than 3,200 miles of roads and replacing or repairing 611 bridges over the next six years.
He says the timing of the announcement was tied to a law that requires the state to announce its long-term road program.
Construction costs are estimated at $11.5 billion for the extensive list of projects. Money for the road program will come from federal, state and local funds.
The governor's office estimates the construction projects will create about 155,000 jobs. And Quinn says such projects are a good way to get Illinois' economy back on track.
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