The old Illinois 89 bridge opened in 1934.
A new two-lane bridge, which is part of a $41 million project to replace the old Illinois 89 bridge built in 1934, is officially open to motorists.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) said the new two-lane Illinois 89 bridge connecting Putnam and Bureau counties will provide motorists safer and more efficient travel.
“Ensuring a more reliable trip across the river will bring more economic opportunity and a better quality of life for residents in an important part of our state,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn said in a statement. “This project is a great example of IDOT’s and Governor Rauner’s commitment to our bridges and their value in connecting communities and keeping us safe."
The project, which began in February 2016, provides a wider structure with one lane in each direction, according to the IDOT.
Additional work is still required, however, including the demolition of the old bridge.
Also, IDOT said traffic on the north end of the bridge will continue to be restricted to one lane with temporary traffic signals for the next several weeks.
The entire project is slated to be complete late this year.