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Bridge closure in Pike County, Illinois affecting residents

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PEARL, Ill. (WGEM) -

Another heavily used bridge in Pike County, Illinois is now shut down after the state called it "unsafe" to travel.

This one, in Pearl, is just one of many in this area that the state has taken notice of.

"We just have to make sure there's gas in the car before you get home because you have to go all the way around and sometimes you have to leave a few minutes earlier," said Lois Stewart, Pearl resident.

That's the new reality for Stewart and more than a dozen families that live beyond the bridge off of Highway 100.

"I didn't know anything about it until the day they did it. They didn't warn us, they didn't tell us anything about it," said Stewart.

And, this came as a surprise to other residents including Roger Hatcher, Village President.

Hatcher says the town is now responsible to foot the bill for a bridge replacement, estimated to cost $250,000, which Hatcher says is going to be hard to come up with.

"We don't have no money, the county has no money, and the state has no money so, I don't know how we are going to come up with money to fix this bridge," said Hatcher.

Residents now have the option to detour onto two roads. One of the roads is narrow enough that school buses, garbage trucks, and even emergency vehicles can't get through to the neighborhood. The other detour is a 4 miles route around.

"If you have a heart attack or something, and we do have older people over here so I think that's a big concern about the ambulance," said Stewart.

Looking ahead, both residents and village leaders hope to find an answer soon on how to get this bridge back open again.

"I really do hope and pray that we can get somebody to help us and there is money out there where we could get it fixed," said Stewart.  

"It's a problem but, it's a problem that I have no idea how we are going to go about solving," said Hatcher.

Roger Hatcher has contacted Illinois Senator Sam McCann's office regarding funding. Hatcher says he expects a call back by the end of the week.

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