I heard IDOT has imposed a 15-ton weight limit on the Beardstown bridge, which also makes the US 67 corridor less viable for truckers who wish to drive between the metro st louis area and the quad cities. I guess truckers will take I-55 to I-155 and I-74 if they have to travel from the st louis area to the quad cities. Maybe the weight restrictions will persuade politicians to appropriate funding for the proposed tied-arch replacement bridge.
In regard to the comment of making it a two-lane, versus a four-lane bridge, to save money, I believe IDOT's plan is to make US 67 a multi-lane highway between Monmouth and Alton.
According to IDOT Itíll cost an estimated $187 million to build the proposed tied arch bridge for US-67.
I assume the proposed bridge is 4 lane. Of course the bridge isnít currently funded, and I wonder how much cheaper it would be to build the tied-arch span as a 2-lane next to the existing bridge and keep the old bridge for the other 2 lanes of a 4-lane US-67?
I am not positive on this fact, but I believe the Beardstown Bridge was built by the American Bridge Company. Is this correct? Also, my mother was brought to Beardstown in 1955, by my grandfather, who was a Metallurgist and a construction worker for the Beardstown Bridge. Thanks.