On June 3, Congress sent the SAFTEA-LU Technical Corrections Act to President Bush for his signature. The legislation includes a provision that enables Geneseo officials to move forward with the Illinois Hwy 82 railroad underpass project.
“I am pleased that I was able to continue former Speaker Hastert’s efforts to find a solution for the people of Geneseo,” Congressman Bill Foster said. “I want to praise the local officials who diligently brought the problem to our attention so that the $2.4 million in funding that was previously allocated to this project can be used for its original purpose.”
SAFTEA-LU, which originally passed through Congress in 2005, included a project requested by former Speaker Dennis Hastert to increase the height on the viaduct in Geneseo. By increasing the height of the underpass, access to Highway 82 will be improved.
However, after state and local officials in Geneseo tried to start the project, they found themselves restricted by the original language that was included in the bill, and were unable to use the funds that were appropriated to the project.
Foster was able to include a provision in H.R. 1195, the SAFTEA-LU Technical Corrections Act, which would allow the funding to be utilized for the project.
“I strongly support the investment in transportation infrastructure that is included in this legislation,” Foster said. “Signing this legislation into law is critical for the maintenance and modernization of our infrastructure, and also creates good-paying jobs that will boost our economy.”