Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has promised his state's share of the $80 million needed to widen and upgrade the Poplar Street Bridge.
The East-West Gateway Council of Governments has signed off on a set of upgrades to the Poplar Street Bridge.
The improvements include a two-lane ramp from northbound I-55 and the addition of a fifth eastbound lane to the bridge.
Jim Wild is the Assistant Executive Director at East-West. He says the way the bridge is currently constructed leads to daily traffic backups.
"As you go eastbound on I-64, we drop from 3 lanes down to two lanes, and then it increases to 4 lanes over the bridge and that creates a choke point," Wild said.
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