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 Fall of 2024 with demolition going into 2025.
Crews have completed construction of 20 new piers for the new eastbound McClugage Bridge, providing the foundation for a new bridge structure that is expected to open to traffic in the Fall of 2024. As pier construction is completed, assembly of a new 650-foot bridge arch continues just 300 yards south of the bridge site. In September, when it is anticipated to be complete, the massive arch will be moved onto the newly constructed piers – giving the McClugage new and iconic look in Peoria.
And when it’s all said and done, the new eastbound Bridge is expected to open to Peoria travelers in 2024, delivering wider lanes, new shoulders, easier merging and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations and connections to serve all who use the Bridge.
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.
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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.