One of Peoria’s oldest bridges is coming down next year.
The MacArthur Highway Bridge has a structural rating of three on a scale from one to 100. The city says it has to remove and rebuild the bridge before the before the situation gets worse or more dangerous.
Public works officials tried to get more opinions from neighbors at the second public meeting Tuesday night, especially when it comes to design. One of the two options on the table would remove a right turn lane from the bridge onto Romeo B. Garrett Drive, which the city says would increase pedestrian safety, since cars go around the turn at a high rate of speed.
The director of public works says the project will cost over $7 million, but since the bridge is in such bad condition, federal money will pay for most of the project.
“The city has a number of bridges that we rate every year and keep track of. Three out of 100 sounds bad, but it’s not an eminent risk of failure. The majority of this one, why it’s rated so bad is the surface,” said Scott Reeise, Director of Public Works.
Some neighbors also asked about detour routes during the construction phase. Reeise says the city is focused more on the design of the bridge right now, but says the detours will stick to main roads and not neighborhoods.