Officials celebrate completion of 14 year road project

By Denise Jackson

November 1, 2013 Updated Nov 2, 2013 at 10:14 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- Driving on Centennial Drive between Washington and East Peoria will be a little safer for motorists thanks to new road improvements.

Tazewell County Highway Department officials, along with East Peoria and Washington mayors, cut the ribbon Friday. Completion of the one mile stretch marks the end of the 14 year project that has been done in phases.

"The last phase took it from a horse and buggy road to an urban situation now, we have curbs and gutters, storm sewers, we had utilities to fight, we had septic fields to relocate," said Tazewell County Engineer John Anderson.

The final phase of the work started in April and was completed last month. Most of the $2.7 million project was paid for with federal funds.