Federal funding is headed to Illinois to help with improvements along Interstate 57 in Williamson County.
The Illinois Department of Transportation is receiving 7.6 million dollars through the U.S. Department of Transportation's TIGER grant program.
It will support the expansion of approximately five miles of Interstate 57 to add an additional lane in each direction, install a median barrier, resurface the existing lanes, update pavement markings and deficient guardrails, and install raised reflectors and rumble strips.
Over 39-thousand vehicles travel I-57 through Williamson and Franklin counties each day, nearly a third of which is truck traffic. That number can surge to more than 65,000 vehicles a day during high-travel periods in the summer.