Kickapoo Creek bridge closed

By WEEK Producer

May 1, 2013 Updated May 1, 2013 at 9:39 PM CDT

KICKAPOO, Ill. -- Residents of the Kickapoo Township and surrounding areas are finding a huge inconvenience in the recent closing of a normally busy bridge.

Major structural issues have been discovered by county and I-DOT engineers with an inspection of the bridge connecting Pottstown Road and Kickapoo Creek Road.

"The estimate currently in three million dollars for a new bridge," said Peoria County engineer Amy Mclaren. "We have been applying for grants, for available bridge replacement grants for at least the last five years and the first one we were able to win was for fiscal 14."

On average, the bridge sees traffic from over two thousand cars each day.

In past years, it has been routine for the bridge to be shut down with the rising waters, but with the extended closure, residents are feeling the frustration.

"This is going to cost probably another 20 to 30 minutes in some body's schedule every single day to come into Peoria and come back home," said Kickapoo Township resident Harold Maloney. "We'd just like to see something get done a lot sooner."

Construction on the bridge is expected to begin in June of next year.