Continued funding for Eastern Bypass

By Brigitte Graf

Continued funding for Eastern Bypass

April 19, 2013 Updated Apr 19, 2013 at 12:38 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Engineering work and corridor studies of the Eastern Bypass will be allowed to continue due to funding from Governor Pat Quinn.

Quinn has given $2.5 million of his $12.6 billion six-year infrastructure program to the work at the Bypass which is currently in Phase One (Corridor Selection).

“This funding announcement ensures the Bypass continues to breathe life at a time when we understand most funding is being allocated to important maintenance projects,” said Eastern Bypass Coalition Board of Directors President Mike Hinrichsen.

The Eastern Bypass Board of Directors will continue to seek additional funding for the project.

A final corridor is expected to be selected yet in 2013, at which time the project will continue on into the next phase of construction, alignment. That phase will require an additional $10 million dollars.

The overall project is expected to help boost the Peoria area's economic development and growth by connecting Interstate 74 with Illinois Route 6, east and north of Peoria.

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