PLAN AHEAD: Ramp Closure
Continues at McClugage
The Illinois Department of Transportation reminds motorists that the ramp from northbound Adams Street (Illinois 29) to eastbound War Memorial Drive (US 150) remains closed to allow for its removal as part of the McClugage Bridge project.
Motorists wanting to use eastbound War Memorial from northbound Adams Street will turn left at the newly installed signal at the intersection (see map).
This traffic pattern will remain in place until the opening of the new McClugage Bridge, which is expected in 2023.
McClugage Momentum Grows
Eastbound McClugage Bridge advances into 2023
After significant construction progress in the last year, the new eastbound McClugage Bridge is moving toward the finish line of delivering increased capacity, improved safety and reduced travel times for Peoria region travelers.
Crews completed construction on ten new McClugage bridge piers in 2022, moving the project to within three new piers of the 22 that are required to support the deck. Workers will press through the winter to complete those structures, overcoming the elements and building momentum as the project moves closer to completion.
The benefits of the new McClugage will be clear to all who travel the area:
Reduced travel times
Bike and Pedestrian accommodations
Scenic outlook over the Illinois River
Roadway improvements at bridge ramps and intersections
Workers will complete the bridge substructure in coming months, while simultaneously constructing a 650-foot arch that will sit atop the new bridge. In fact, construction of the arch is occurring just 300 yards south of the new bridge site and can be identified by the green piling on the Illinois River. When complete, the massive arch will be hoisted onto the bridge with a crane, sitting 130-feet above deck and distinguishing the McClugage for generations to come!
After more than 70 years of serving the Peoria metro area, the eastbound McClugage Bridge will be removed and replaced with a new structure to meet the region’s transportation needs. Potential alternatives for a new bridge were examined and public comments were considered in the initial phases of the project, allowing construction to begin in the Spring of 2019.
In order to improve capacity, increase safety and reduce travel times, the new McClugage Bridge will replace the existing structure. Continuing IDOTs focus on improving multimodal capabilities and strengthening the traveling experience, the new bridge will include bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. The new McClugage bridge is expected to be completed in 2023.
News & Events
Leaders highlight benefits for Peoria region
Gov. JB Pritzker was joined by state and community leaders in touring the ongoing construction of the new eastbound McClugage bridge and highlighting the many benefits the project will deliver to the Peoria region.