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"Structurally deficient" bridge in Adams County receives state funding

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ADAMS COUNTY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Over 1,000 people drive each day over a bridge in Adams County that is labeled "Structurally Deficient" by the Federal Highway Administration.

And now the state has plans to fix it before it becomes dangerous.

The bridge on Cannon ball Road rates 4 out of 10 on the government's scale.

And one driver says it scares her to drive over it each day.

Lynsey Whitaker drives over the bridge just south of Route 24 on Cannonball Road almost everyday on her way to school.

Whitaker says for her, it's never a smooth ride.

"Honestly, at night it kind of scares me just because it is so narrow and it's obviously decorating so when I see another car it just makes me nervous," said Whitaker.

 Whitaker took a closer look at the bridge for the first time Friday and says what she saw shocked her.

"I actually never thought it was a wooden bridge until now and it kind of blows my mind looking at the underneath of it how it's deteriorating," said Whitaker.

Adams County Engineer Jim Frankenhoff says all of the bridges in the county are inspected regularly and this bridge is considered safe, but it is on the list to be replaced.

"Obviously, if you drove over the top of it you see the concrete is starting to come apart," said Frankenhoff.

The bridge is slated to be replaced in the spring for just over a million dollars of state funding.

Whitaker says she thinks drivers in the area will appreciate a sturdier, safer bridge.

"I think it's a great idea and I think motorists would be more than happy to take a separate route so we can be safe in the near future," said Whitaker.

(Are there unsafe bridges near your community? Click here for an interactive map that finds all bridges in your area.)

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