(WGEM) - A six year, $12.62 billion construction program has been unveiled by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn that will improve roads and bridges statewide.
The most notable project in the Tri-States will include construction of a new $55 million bridge carrying Illinois 104 across the river from Pike County into Morgan County at Meredosia.
"They're working on some second stage engineering, looking at infrastructure, things like that," Meredosia Mayor Kenny Scott said. "They're buying property and getting prepared.
Scott said the location of the new bridge will be just north of its current location. Scott said proximity to town was a key factor community leaders pushed for in the plan.
"One of the options was to bypass town," Scott said. "One of the things we pushed real hard for was to keep the traffic in town."
According to the IDOT 6-year plan list, construction is scheduled to begin in 2015.
The projects are part of Governor Quinn's agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois' economy forward, while updating the state's transportation system.
"Illinois is the transportation hub of the nation, and this program will ensure we have the modern infrastructure needed to compete with the world," Governor Quinn said. "This major investment in roads, bridges and public transportation will drive economic growth in every part of Illinois, and create tens of thousands of jobs."
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