IDOT diverting billions of funds from fixing roads over last 8 y - KMOV.com

IDOT diverting billions of funds from fixing roads over last 8 years

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(KMOV.com) -- A new report released by the Illinois State Auditor shows less than half of the money designated for roads actually goes to fixing the roads.

The 134 page document covers 10 years of IDOT funding for roadwork.

The report said the lack of funding for road repairs and construction has happened over the last eight years.

Over the past two years, $5.7 billion have been diverted for other expenses.

An IDOT spokesperson said this is the first time she remembers this lack of funding happening.

A person with the State Auditor’s Office told News 4 he thinks it’s an all too familiar problem in Illinois.

He said that concerns had been raised that a significant portion of this fund is being used for things not related to road construction.

The fund for IDOT road improvements is a multi-billion dollar fund.

An IDOT spokesperson said about 75 percent goes to overall expenses like safety programs, snow plowing and construction maintenance and planning. 48 percent goes towards actually fixing roads.
 

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