- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) - Illinois officials have announced the state will contribute an additional $10 million for road improvements on an interstate bridge project.

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos, both up for re-election next week, shared the plan Thursday in Moline. The money will cover engineering and construction expenses along the south corridor of the new Interstate 74 bridge. A project engineer with the Illinois Department of Transportation says the south corridor extension will cost $20 million.

Illinois and Iowa are sharing the cost of the $885 million bridge, which will include six lanes and accommodate vehicles, bikes and pedestrians. The Quad-City Times (https://bit.ly/1to1tzZ ) reports Illinois has already committed $421 million throughout the next seven years.

Quinn says the project will create about 5,000 construction jobs. The bridge is expected to be complete by 2021.

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Information from: Quad-City Times, https://www.qctimes.com

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