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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.


"Investments like the rehabilitation of the McClugage Bridge, which was first built in World War II and carries about 20,000 east-bound vehicles a day, will not only support freight routes on Illinois' roadways, but make day-to-day life easier for Peoria and East Peoria families who use this bridge to get groceries, see their doctor or visit the pharmacy," Pritzker said. "With a new deck bridge that will nearly double its width, the new structure will not only be safer, smoother, and faster at larger capacity, but we're adding a protected bike and pedestrian path - so this beautiful crossing point over the Illinois River will be all the more accessible."

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Project to result in new eastbound bridge

PEORIA – After extensive study, the McClugage Bridge project is entering a construction phase that will result in a new eastbound structure with improved capacity and safety to better meet the region’s transportation needs.

The construction follows a comprehensive study under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires agencies to consider impacts on social, cultural, environmental and economic resources. The goal of the process is to identify a solution that addresses the project’s transportation needs while respecting the natural and human environment.


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