New bridge opens in Utica

Old Utica Bridge – May of 2019 – Studstill Media Photo

UTICA – The replacement for the old Illinois 178 bridge over the Illinois River in Utica is now open. IDOT has said that today will be the opening day for the new span that connects Utica to Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks. The old bridge, built in 1962, was replaced during a $27.4 million dollar project that added shoulders and a much needed pedestrian and bike path.

“We’re excited to see the new bridge, not just because of the appeal, but also to tie Starved Rock to the village,” said Utica Mayor David Stewart. “The addition of the bike path is an asset for our residents.”

The bridge is expected to see millions each year cross over the Illinois River, as Starved Rock is one of the top tourist attractions in the state.