Gov. Pat Quinn. (Photo by Frank Polich/Getty Images)
East St. Louis (KSDK) - Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced the state of Illinois is investing $25 million into advance the Poplar Street Bridge and Martin Luther King Connector project.
This project is part of the comprehensive $667 million New Mississippi River Bridge project. The connector project will reduce congestion on Interstates 70/64/55, create more bridge access for traffic eastbound, and promote economic development for the region.
"I am strongly committed to the New Mississippi River Bridge project, including the Poplar Street Bridge and MLK Connector, which will reduce traffic for the thousands of motorists that use these bridges daily," Governor Pat Quinn said. "Today's $25 million investment is an example of what we can achieve working together to improve life for the people of Illinois. I want to thank Missouri, IDOT, MODOT, the East-West Gateway Council and legislative leaders from both sides of the Mississippi River for their outstanding regional cooperation to move this project forward."
The new Mississippi River Bridge is expected to open to traffic in early 2014. Once that bridge is open, reconstruction will begin on the Poplar Street West interchange, replacing the current I-55 single lane with dual access lanes.
The westbound connection to Memorial Drive will also be reconstructed.
For more information on the New Mississippi River Bridge project or the connector project, visit newriverbridge.org.