Central Illinois lawmakers check progress being made along I-74

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS — Over the next year and half, big changes are coming to Illinois.

“We need the jobs, we need the infrastructure, and we need to invest in Illinois, and that’s what we did,” said State Rep. Dan Brady (R-Bloomington).

The Illinois Department of Transportation is reconstructing about 11 miles of I-74 from Deer Creek west of the Tazewell County line to east of the Carlock interchange.

“These are people that live in Illinois, pay taxes in Illinois,” said State Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria). “This is good for the economy as well as repairing our roads and bridges.”

While Brady and Koehler may butt heads when it comes to certain political topics, seeing this project through was one they undoubtedly agreed on.

“People who contact me don’t appreciate sometimes that we had to do it by a gas tax but the reality is we have to do something to invest in Illinois and that means what we are doing today,” said Brady.

“It was important that we pass the capital bill not only to maintain our roads and bridges and infrastructure but that it be done in a bipartisan way,” said Koehler. “There are not Republican roads or Democrat roads. They are just roads and we all need to have them fixed, so we work together to get that done.”

Construction is expected to be complete by November 2020.

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