New state plan includes Illinois River bridge at Beardstown replacement

Illinois’ latest roadway improvement plan contains hopeful news for Cass County, especially for those dependent on the Illinois River bridge at Beardstown.

As announced by Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois Department of Transportation, the state’s Proposed Highway Improvement Program for fiscal years 2019-2024 anticipates $70 million in federal and state dollars to replace the Illinois River bridge at Beardstown. That bridge opened on Sept. 13, 1955.

In total, the program calls for investing $11.05 billion in state roads and bridges over the next six years, including $2.2 billion in state and federal funding in the 2019 fiscal year.

The bridge project, which has been approved for Illinois Major Bridge Program funding, anticipates spending $3 million during FY 2019 on engineering for contract plans. Actual construction is estimated at $62 million. Other costs include an archaeological survey, construction engineering, engineering consultants, utility adjustments and land acquisition. &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref=""><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>