USDA highlights $906,000 in infrastructure investments in rural Illinois

Photo of pothole in the road.

More than $40 million was invested by the United States Department of Agriculture in FY2017 to help construct or improve infrastructure and boost economic growth in rural communities. More than $900,000 was directed to Illinois.

“These investments in rural Illinois infrastructure strengthen our com­munities by providing essential ­facilities, and ensuring safety and ­economic ­viability,” said Doug Wilson, USDA Rural Development Director for Illinois.

Infrastructure projects funded in Illinois through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program include a $251,000 loan to the Village of Energy to resurface 3,950 feet of the west side of College Street, the major east-west road through the town. The project will repair pot holes and bumps for a safer and more attractive business district for the approximately 1100 residents in the Village.

The City of Paris in Edgar County is improving road conditions and ­traffic flow near the new high school. The $405,000 of Rural Development ­funding will be used for renovations including a turn lane to alleviate road safety hazards in and around that area.

USDA Rural Development in Illinois provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; ­community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed ­internet access in rural areas. For more ­information, visit