Murray Baker Bridge

Illinois Department of Transportation/Getting Around Peoria

Work on the Murray Baker bridge is proceeding on schedule. The Interstate 74 steel span over the Illinois River closed in late March for structural repairs. 


The Illinois Department of Transportation has closed the Interstate 74 bridge in Peoria until the end of October.

The local bus system isn't immune from traffic pressures that will be sparked by the Murray Baker Bridge closure next month. 

Tim Shelley / WCBU

Expect bridge construction to be a constant in the Peoria area over the next few years.

Commuters are about to get their first taste of the months-long closure of the Murray Baker Bridge to come.

Jeff Smudde / WCBU

The Murray Baker Bridge will shine again. 

PEORIA -- A group of young professionals want the Murray Baker Bridge to shine at night again.

Kristin McHugh

Reconstruction of the Murray Baker Bridge deck means the heavily traveled Interstate 74 artery will be completely closed in 2020. That’s the proposal outlined by the Illinois Department of Transportation Wednesday.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria Fire and Rescue Divers recovered the body of the man who jumped from the Murray Baker Bridge Thursday morning.

The unidentified man stopped his westbound car on the Murray Baker Bridge about 7:10, exited on the passenger side, continued to bridge wall and jumped. Three more cars traveling westbound then crashed in a pileup. The series of events snarled I-74 traffic in both directions.

Those attending the fireworks Friday on the Illinois Riverfront can expect ramp and bridge closures along I-74.

LaHood gets city street named after him

Nov 4, 2013

A former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and long-time Congressman now has a road named after him in the city of Peoria. City officials unveiled the so-called Honorary Secretary Ray LaHood Roadway at the intersection of Main and Monroe streets.