Heavily traveled bridge to be replaced in coming months

By Beau Ebenezer

March 7, 2014 Updated Mar 7, 2014 at 11:46 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Friday, Governor Quinn announced a multi-million dollar grant to be used for road construction in Peoria and Tazewell Counties.

The largest project, which is estimated to cost more than $2 million, will replace the Pottstown Bridge in Peoria County.

That bridge, which connects Kickapoo Creek and Pottstown Roads, has been closed since May due to wear and tear from rising waters.

"This is a big deal," said Peoria County Engineer, Amy Mclaren. "We realize this is a huge inconvenience with the closure of this bridge. This roads sees a lot of traffic with a couple thousand cars per day. We understand that the neighborhood is going to be very pleased to have this back in service."

For the last year, drivers have had to travel out of their way because of this major closure.

But in two months, the Peoria County Highway Department will begin work on the Pottstown Bridge.

Engineers said, on average, the bridge sees traffic from more than 2,000 cars each day.

Drivers we spoke to said the detour to Farmington Road, costs them an extra 20 minutes on their drive.

Many are relieved to hear work will begin soon.

"It was a surprise to me because we knew that Illinois was hurting for money in order to do a lot of things," said Peoria resident, Harold Maloney.

"Not only will it save a lot of time but it will save a lot of money," said Peoria resident, Jeremy Creasy. "A lot of residents have to go clear around to get to anywhere. It is like we have been cut off from the city. We have to go up to Farmington Road and wherever else.">

Engineers expect to complete the bridge by the end of the year.

Funding will also cover work to the intersection at Farmington Road and Route 8.

Another bridge will be also be replaced in Brimfield.