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Illinois road plan includes funds for new bridge

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By Bill Raack, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – Illinois transportation officials have included $477 million for the proposed Mississippi River Bridge in St. Louis in their new six-year road plan.

The funds are Illinois' share of the cost of the new bridge and construction of connecting roads in the Metro East. Illinois Department of Transportation Director Milton Sees says they are cooperating with Missouri on the project.

"Again, they selected a consulting firm to do the bridge design. We have just selected our consultants - today, in fact - to do the design work necessary for the connecting roadways on our side and it's our intention to proceed full ahead with the project."

Missouri has to come up with $88 million for the bridge and that money still needs approval from regional transportation planners and the state highways commission. $239 million in federal funding has already been set aside for the bridge.

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