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Greater St. Louis, Inc. Statement on the Illinois General Assembly’s Passage of Legislation that Streamlines Transportation Infrastructure Construction

March 31, 2022
Greater St. Louis, Inc. Statement on Illinois Streamlines Transportation Infrastructure Construction

Greater St. Louis, Inc. Chief Policy Officer and President, ChamberSTL Tracy Henke today applauded the Illinois General Assembly’s passage of SB 2981, a bill that streamlines construction of transportation infrastructure projects in Illinois.

“Yesterday, the Illinois General Assembly gave final approval to legislation (SB 2981) that authorizes the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Tollway Authority to use the design-build delivery method on highway construction projects. This bill enhances investment in our region’s transportation infrastructure network which was called for in the STL 2030 Jobs Plan.

“On behalf of the St. Louis regional business community, Greater St. Louis, Inc. applauds leaders in both chambers who made passage possible, including St. Louis metro legislators Senators Christopher Belt (D-East St. Louis), Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro), Rachelle Crowe (D-Wood River), and Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville), and Representatives Amy Elik (R-Alton), LaToya Greenwood (D-East St. Louis), Jay Hoffman (D-Belleville), Charlie Meier (R-Washington), and Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville).

Currently, IDOT uses the design-bid-build project delivery method, which makes infrastructure projects more costly and longer to complete. The design-build method is an industry best practice deployed by most states that will expedite construction projects by allowing a single entity to both design and start construction on a project.