The Major Bridge Program is discretionary funding from IDOT. The
funds have been set aside from Illinois’ portion of the federal
transportation bill. An application for this project was submitted
last fall and competed statewide based on various criteria. There
were only 7 local agency projects selected to receive funding.
The Deer Creek Bridge has significant structural issues. The bridge
was temporarily closed during the summer of 2013 while repairs were
made. Those repairs allowed the bridge to be re-opened but only
after being posted for weight restrictions.
The total cost to replace the Deer Creek Bridge is estimated to be
$2.4 Million. The awarded funding will cover a large portion of
those costs, with the remainder coming from County funds.
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The Logan County Highway Department will continue the effort
to improve the overall condition of our roads and bridges. With
more than 200 bridges, we have a large investment to protect.
Our bridges are getting older, with most being at least 40 years
old. The local funds to repair these bridges are limited. By
applying for state and federal programs, we are able to leverage
those local funds and get more projects completed.
[Text received; BRET AUKAMP, LOGAN