SAVANNA — Illinois and Iowa officials are celebrating the opening of a new Mississippi River bridge from Savanna to Sabula, Iowa.
The $80 million span opened to traffic Friday evening. It provides river passage for U.S. 52 and Illinois 64.
Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn says the modern span provides greater safety and better recreational and economic opportunities.
The previous span opened in 1932 as a private toll bridge. It’s just 20 feet wide with no shoulders. Large vehicles often overlapped the center line and there was no side-road room for bicycles or disabled vehicles.
It will be dismantled and removed next spring.