The City of Bloomington, Illinois, requests $5,425,000 in federal funds from the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program to build the $7,750,000Hamilton Road East-West Connection project (Hamilton Connection). BUILD funding for the Hamilton Connection would amount to a 70 percent federal share. Bloomington will commit $2,325,000 in local funds, providing a non-federal share of 30 percent, to this project.
The Hamilton Connection project (shown below) represents the final connection of a 7.2-mile east-west transportation improvement along the south portion of Bloomington on Hamilton Road and a merging west-side street called Fox Creek Road. This final Hamilton Connection comprises 3,000 linear feet of new roadway, from Bunn Street to Commerce Parkway, plus widening of Hamilton from Commerce to Morrissey Drive along approximately 1,000 linear feet of Hamilton Road east of the new street section.
Five-Lane Highway with Bidirectional Turn Lane
Shared-Use Path to Connect Constitution Trail
Termination of Rhodes Lane
At-Grade Railroad Crossing
Project Benefits The project will provide safer, easier roadway travel, especially at the U.S. 150, Rhodes Lane, and Norfolk Southern Railway confluence, with reduced traffic load on the Interstate 55 Business route (Veterans Parkway). In addition, the project will facilitate multimodal travel by connecting the Constitution Trail multi-use path along the route and create the potential for more safe and efficient mass transit connections. Finally, the project will boost economic development opportunities in the project area, enhancing access to existing employers and sparking new development along the completed Hamilton Road corridor.
Project Status Phase II engineering has begun. Construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2021 and end in fall 2022 (accounting for winter shut down) if BUILD funding is secured. The City will submit a grant application for the BUILD 2020 Discretionary Grant in mid-May.
BUILD Funding Use Funding from BUILD and the City of Bloomington’s match will be used exclusively for construction (and not design). Total construction cost is $7,750,000: $5,425,000 from potential BUILD grant funding and $2,525,000 from the City of Bloomington.