State of Our Roads & Bridges

6,366 miles of Illinois’s major roads — nearly the equivalent of driving from Springfield to Missoula, Montana and back twice — are in poor condition.

Driving on poor roads costs the average Illinois motorist $449 per year in vehicle repairs and wasted fuel.

2,244 bridges in Illinois are classified as structurally deficient. This means one or more of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, is considered to be in “poor” or worse condition by government inspectors. These bridges are crossed 8.8 million times each day.

Placed end-to-end, there are 68 miles of structurally deficient bridges in Illinois. 887 of these bridges have weight restrictions in place.

State and local governments in Illinois spent $4 billion on bridge repair and construction contracts over the past five years.