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Quincy's Memorial Bridge on list of "at risk" bridges

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

A bridge you've probably driven over recently just made the list of red flag bridges, those considered structurally deficient.

The 83-year-old Quincy Memorial Bridge was the only one in Western Illinois to make it on the most recent review by the Associated Press. More importantly, is it on a list to be repaired or replaced?

Elizabeth Guidry takes the Quincy Memorial Bridge on a regular basis. 

"At least once a month, any time that I need to get gas," Guidry said

She says the news that the bridge has some serious problems is a little scary to her.

"A lot of people rely on it to get to and from work, and it's something that shouldn't be at the bottom of the list, because it could be more dangerous than the road out here."

According to an inspection by the Illinois Bureau of Bridges and Structures, Memorial's superstructure - or the portion of the bridge that supports the deck - is in poor condition because of advanced deterioration, and other features were even listed as"intolerable" and "a high priority for replacement." Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore says the city and IDOT are well aware of the issues, and plans for the solution will soon be underway.

"In fact, I spoke to a representative from IDOT last week, who informed me that there is a million dollars in this year's budget for IDOT to start the engineering study for the possible options, he said. 

Moore says that could mean replacing the bridge or making improvements to make it structurally sound, but it's around a ten year process. But he's happy to see progress is ahead.

"We just want to make sure that it's there for our region, it's certainly an important gateway and it's important to our region, so like I said - I think we should be very pleased that it's on IDOT's radar," he said. 

Guidry says the sooner the issues with the bridge are solved, the better she'll feel about driving on it.

"I feel like it should be top priority."
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