The impact of coronavirus on Illinois construction

Ji Suk Yi

FILE – In this Jan. 31, 2013 file photo, a road construction project backs up traffic in Springfield, Ill. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration says it borrowed $550 million for roads, mass transit and other construction projects at a low interest rate despite the budget standoff, Thursday, June 16, 2016. The state sold $550 million in bonds at an interest rate of 3.7 percent. But the money can’t be spent without authorization by the General Assembly, and Rauner warns without a budget deal, construction will cease July 1. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman File)

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Road construction projects in Illinois are moving forward during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chicago Tribune Transportation Reporter Mary Wisniewski joins Ji Suk Yi to explain how the state is prioritizing existing construction projects and issuing safety guidance to their workers. Mary said that road projects will continue, with workers not being in close contact with one another on job sites.

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