Section of I-74 named 'Ray Lahood Highway'

By Audrey Wise

July 2, 2014 Updated Jul 2, 2014 at 9:26 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- A section of Interstate-74 through downtown Peoria has been named the 'Ray Lahood Highway'.

Lahood served as a U.S. Congressman and the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

While in Congress, he was a huge part of the I-74 upgrade project.

Lawmakers celebrated his accomplishments Wednesday, saying through his bi-partisan efforts he created numerous jobs and saved countless lives.

"There are not Republican roads, there are no Democratic roads. There are American roads and Ray Lahood is our champion of roads, bridges, rail systems," said Governor Pat Quinn.

Lahood said, "When every other part of Central Illinois was hurting for jobs we came up with $400 million, we had great people at DOT, we had great workers who built it and now we have one of the safest roadways in Central Illinois."

The new signs have been placed on I-74 westbound before the Murray Baker Bridge and eastbound before the Sterling Avenue exit.