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.