Plans are moving forward to replace Quincy’s Memorial Bridge.
Quincy City Council approved a study Wednesday night to look at traffic patterns in the downtown area.
Right now, the Memorial Bridge dumps out onto Maine Street. The Illinois Department of Transportation wants to build a new bridge that would end on York Street.
City Planner Chuck Bevelheimer says the problem with the York Street location is that 3rd and 4th Streets are both one way streets. If the bridge were to go there, the city would have a lot of work to do in order to change traffic flow in that area.
The traffic study approved on Wednesday is coming off of IDOT’s recommendation.
The study will look at the traffic flow, as well as the impact the bridge location would have, not only on the downtown but on the county as a whole.
“We see this as a huge traffic generator for our area and we want to make sure that if a new bridge goes in, we’re ready for it,” said Bevelheimer.
$120,000 in grant funding from IDOT will go towards the Quincy Regional Transportation Plan.
As part of the grant, the city will pay $30,000 for this traffic study which will come out of both MFT and TIF funds.
Bevelheimer says the city doesn’t want the bridge to come out on York Street. He said it does nothing for Quincy’s downtown or the strategic plan which was approved last year.