Allerton Park set to get new bridge

     Allerton Park in Monticello will soon have a new bridge at its south entrance.

     On Friday, state and University of Illinois officials gathered for a "bridge breaking" ceremony at the park.

     The original bridge was built in 1915 and was deemed unusable in 2001.

     A new bridge was scheduled to be installed in 2003, but delays in funding put that off until now.

     Allerton Park Marketing Director Jessica Hampson says getting the new bridge built will mean a lot more than just having a park entrance.

Hear from Jessica Hampson.

     The $3.1 million dollar project was funded by the state's Capital Program, as well as deferred maintenance funds from the University of Illinois.

     Hampson says construction on the bridge will begin this fall and is expected to be complete in the spring of 2013.

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