President Trump Plans to Invest in Central Illinois

Two lock and dam systems could see work

PEORIA - President Trump is planning to invest millions of dollars in central Illinois to repair two lock and dam systems.

The Peoria lock and dam is one of the busiest along the Illinois River.

"That equates to about $10 billion dollars that goes through there every year, that provides a lot of value to the nation,” said Michael Cox with the Army Corps of Engineers.

Crumbling infrastructure at the Peoria dam might mean a stop in travel for many ships, if it isn’t fixed soon. The facility needs millions of dollars in repairs, approved in 2007, but never started because the money wasn't there.

"There's a lot of electrical components, other structural steel components, a lot of concrete work that has to be periodically repaired and upgraded,” Cox said.

There's renewed hope the Trump administration could get construction started.

"This is a very bi-partisan issue, you know, our locks and dams and roads and bridges and other infrastructure projects, they don't have republican and democrat names on them. That's America,” said Republican congressman, Darin LaHood.

The president named the Peoria lock and dam on his list of top 50 infrastructure projects.

"It's something he talked about during his campaign, good infrastructure, giving people jobs and good economic opportunities,” congressman LaHood said.   

A plan democrat Cheri Bustos also called for during her visit to the lock and dam last summer.

"Those are jobs that cannot be outsourced, for every dollar we invest; we get a couple dollar return in that,” Congresswoman Bustos said in June, 2016.

It also keeps Illinois and the United States competitive on a global level.

"You can't go from coast to from the east coast to the west coast without going through Illinois,” Congressman LaHood said.

Congresswoman Bustos also released a statement Tuesday about the work:

"Making the necessary improvements to our outdated locks and dams system has been one of my top priorities in Congress, and I was proud to work across the aisle to pass legislation that looks at public-private partnerships to address this issue. Upgrading our locks and dams is a critical issue for our Heartland and for our agricultural economy. Specifically, the Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program combines the need to upgrade our locks and dams with the priority of restoring river ecosystems, and I sincerely hope it will be included in the Administration's budget. I look forward to working with President Trump on major investments in our infrastructure, including our locks and dams, so long as there is a responsible funding source that is good for taxpayers and puts Americans back to work."


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