Illinois Department of Transportation – Murray Baker Bridge: Remaking an Illinois Landmark

Built in 1958, the Murray Baker Bridge spans the Illinois River, carrying 67,000 vehicles per day across Interstate 74 between Peoria and East Peoria. Yet wear and tear started to show the on bridge since its last upgrades in 1984 and 2005. The Illinois Department of Transportation began a $42.2 million rehabilitation project that improved traveler safety, reduced commute times, and gave travelers a smoother trip across the river. Illinois DOT replaced the concrete bridge deck, made repairs to the steel structures, and installed brand new lighting. Thanks to these improvements, travelers will be able to view their beloved vistas across the Murray Baker for years to come.