Underwood-Backed INVEST in America Act Passes the House; Includes $19.7 Million for 14th District Transportation and Infrastructure Projects

July 1, 2021
Press Release
Legislation would create good-paying jobs modernizing and rebuilding roads, bridges, transit, rail, and drinking water and wastewater systems

WASHINGTON— Today, legislation championed by Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), the INVEST in America Act, passed the House of Representatives. The INVEST in America Act makes transformational investments in America’s highways, roads, bridges, transit, rail, and water infrastructure to create jobs, modernize our infrastructure and reduce carbon pollution. This legislation puts some of the key pieces of President Biden’s infrastructure vision into legislative text. 

The INVEST in America Act also includes $19.7 million in direct federal funding secured by Underwood for projects in McHenry County, Kane County, Kendall County, Oswego, Batavia, DeKalb/Sycamore, Elgin, and Plainfield. Underwood successfully secured funding for each of the nine Member Designated Projects she submitted for consideration. Additional details on these projects are available below. All of the projects selected increase the safety, economic development, health, livability, and convenience of communities in northern Illinois.

“Infrastructure is more than just roads and bridges—it's an investment in families, businesses, our economy, and our future—and it’s an investment that pays off. But it’s crucial that as the federal government invests across the country they don’t leave places like the 14th District behind—which is why I’m fighting to deliver these critical resources for projects in our community. I was proud to go to bat for northern Illinoisans to help modernize our community’s transportation and infrastructure and ensure that we have the resources so families can thrive. I’ll continue to work with my colleagues to pass these priorities into law,” said Rep. Underwood.  

In addition to directly funding Underwood’s projects, the INVEST in America Act includes $715 billion for the surface transportation reauthorization and water infrastructure bill. This includes: 

  • $51.25 billion for wastewater infrastructure
  • $343 billion for roads, bridges, and safety
  • $109 billion for transit
  • $95 billion for passenger and freight rail
  • $117 billion for drinking water infrastructure and assistance

A fact sheet on the INVEST in America Act can be found here.  

Below is the list of projects for which Rep. Underwood successfully secured funding: 

PROJECT NAME: Algonquin Road (Various Intersections) and Wilmot Road at Main Street Intersection Improvements  

LOCATION: Algonquin Road (Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Algonquin) and intersection of Wilmot & Main in Spring Grove, Illinois   

PROJECT SPONSOR: McHenry County Division of Transportation   

AMOUNT SECURED: $2,400,000  

PROJECT NAME: Bliss Rd/Fabyan from Fabyan to Bliss Rd  

LOCATION: Fabyan Parkway at Main Street, Geneva, Illinois 60134  

PROJECT SPONSOR: Kane County   

AMOUNT SECURED: $7,000,000   

PROJECT NAME: DeKalb Traffic Signal Upgrades  

LOCATION: City of DeKalb, Illinois 60115  

PROJECT SPONSOR: City of DeKalb  

AMOUNT SECURED: $570,000  

PROJECT NAME: Fox River Regional Trail: Hoover Forest Preserve-Fox River Bluffs Connecting Trail Segment  

LOCATION: Kendall County Forest Preserve District, Hoover and Fox River Bluffs Forest Preserves; Yorkville, Illinois 60560  

PROJECT SPONSOR: Kendall County Forest Preserve District  

AMOUNT SECURED: $240,000   

PROJECT NAME: Main Street Reconstruction from Randall Road to Van Nortwick Avenue  

LOCATION: Main Street, Batavia, Illinois 60510  

PROJECT SPONSOR: City of Batavia  

AMOUNT SECURED: $600,000  

PROJECT NAME: US Route 20 and Reinking Road Roundabout  

LOCATION: Northwest Elgin, Illinois at the municipal boundary between the City of Elgin and the Village of Pingree Grove, at the intersection of US Route 20/Oak Street and Reinking Road.  

PROJECT SPONSOR: City of Elgin  

AMOUNT SECURED: $1,200,000 

PROJECT NAME: Wolfs Crossing Road from US 34 Chicago Road to Eola Road – Douglas Road Intersection  

LOCATION: Wolfs Crossing at Douglas Road, Oswego, Illinois 60543  

PROJECT SPONSOR: Village of Oswego, Illinois   

AMOUNT SECURED: $1,205,500   

PROJECT NAME: Woodstock Railyard Relocation & Expansion   

LOCATION: Lamb Road at UPRR, Woodstock, Illinois 60098  

PROJECT SPONSOR: County of McHenry, Illinois   

AMOUNT SECURED: $4,000,000  

PROJECT NAME: 143rd St from IL 59 to IL 126  

LOCATION: 143rd St in Plainfield, Illinois 60544  

PROJECT SPONSOR: Village of Plainfield, Illinois   

AMOUNT SECURED: $2,500,000 

Additional information on Underwood-sponsored projects in the 14th District can be found here.  

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