- Published: Monday, July 11, 2016 01:58 PM
A much-needed bridge repair off Illinois 143 along the SIU Access Road is on the list of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s projects for this year thanks to a budget agreement State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) helped to approve.
Currently, the bridge is a patchwork of asphalt and concrete. The construction project includes $5.3 million to repair structural damages and the bridge deck. On average, more than 5,000 vehicles a day cross its northbound and southbound lanes.
“I am happy to have helped bring this project to our community,” Haine said. “The SIU North Access road is a heavily traveled route for students at SIUE and many others in our community. Ensuring the upkeep and functionality of the bridges and roadways along it is important for all of those who use it.”
This project is just one of many Metro East projects included in the agreement. Statewide, nearly $2 billion worth of construction would have shut down on July 1 if no budget was in place.