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  • Will there be public meetings?
    There will be Public Meeting opportunities, and public comment is encouraged throughout the study. Complete the Contact form to ensure you receive alerts of the latest news and information.
  • Why are improvements needed?
    That is what this study is all about! A grass-roots effort identified the desire for improved pedestrian and bicycle accommodations on the bridge due to an increase in such non-vehicular traffic associated with recent development on both sides of the river. Additionally, the bridge is due for a preventative maintenance/preservation treatment. This study will identify the best alternative for meeting both goals.We are looking to examine and start a public discussion of the transportation needs for the region and bridge, including bridge design, capacity, safety and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.
  • Who is conducting this study?
    The Illinois Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, is conducting this Phase I Engineering to examine potential improvements to the Bob Michel Bridge.
  • How long will the study take?
    Winter of 2022 is the target for completion of the Phase I study for the Bob Michel Bridge project.
  • How can I participate?
    Provide your feedback! You can submit your comments through the Contact Us tab on this website. Comments are encouraged at any time. Also subscribe for eblasts to get all the latest on upcoming meetings and materials. Interestingly, the Murray Baker Bridge Project employed an unusual closure of the interstate in order to complete the work in one construction season. We want to hear from you!
  • What is the study area?
    Project study limits are located in Peoria County and Tazewell County and specifically include: Illinois Route 40 from south of SW Jefferson Street to south of the Tractor Drive/River Road intersection Tractor Drive/River Road intersection from Conference Center Drive to W Camp Street SW Adams Street from Walnut Street to Harrison Street
  • What about the other Peoria region projects?
    There is a lot happening in Peoria! In addition to this Bob Michel Bridge study, construction is underway on a rehabilitated eastbound McClugage Bridge, and a new Murray Baker Bridge was recently unveiled to the region. Each of the improvements were made through the long-term planning process of the Illinois Department of Transportation.
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