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I-74 Funding Included In Illinois' 6 Year Construction Plan

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The road to a new I-74 bridge passes a new mile marker today.

Illinois released its newest six year highway construction plan.

A plan that includes millions of dollars for a new I-74 bridge.

The state plan includes roughly 175 million dollars for the new I-74 bridge.

This is a change from a year ago when Illinois wasn't putting its portion of the bridge funding into the plan.

That prompted the Iowa D.O.T. to look into moving money away from the bridge until Illinois could get the project funded.

Now that the funding is officially on paper, the project is moving one step closer to construction.

"We knew that Governor Quinn had put those dollars in but now it's physically in the plan, it's a great deal of reassurance for all of us who have been watching this thing with baited breath," says Bettendorf City Administrator Decker Ploehn.

He says Illinois' funding commitment provides a positive sign to the Quad Cities biggest transportation upgrade.

"To have the two states respectively have now, their matching years if you will, where the funding starts will help us get that center section under construction," says Ploehn.

A goal Governor Pat Quinn says is critical to the state.

"We have to have 21st century bridges to help the people get where they have to go when it comes to crossing the river," says Quinn.

Bi-State Regional Commission Director Denise Bulat says, "This is wonderful news, we appreciate the commitment of the governor and the D.O.T. and we're very pleased, about the project."

Bulat says questions that cropped up in the past did not return.

"This year none of those question marks occurred, it's in the plan."

A plan that solidifies Illinois' relationship to this project.

"Which shows that the D.O.T. is committed to completing the project, and working with the Iowa D.O.T. to make sure that we can start its construction," says Bulat.

Construction on the bridge itself is expected to start in the summer of 2018.

The project is expected to take five to six years to complete.

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