FOR AN OLD BRIDGE
Repurposing infrastructure is a trend in the United States. What is deemed “old” becomes “new,” and in turn enhances quality of life, opens up investment opportunities, and transforms communities. The Bison Bridge is a concept like no other currently in the United States. It’s a land bridge, consisting of a wildlife and recreational crossing connecting the Illinois and Iowa riverfronts on the Mississippi River. With the right support, we hope to turn it into a National Park site for visitors to enjoy for generations.
The Bison Bridge Foundation has been established to repurpose the I-80 bridge. We are advocating at the local, state, and federal levels for support. We are engaging with community leaders, local elected officials, business owners, and stakeholders all over the country.
for an old bridge
It is with great disappointment that we share the outcome of the November 15th public meeting. Despite ourtireless efforts and the overwhelming support from our community, the Illinois and Iowa Departments of Transportation have chosen an alignment that necessitates the demolition of the existing I-80 Bridge.
Our mission of transforming the I-80 Bridge into a pedestrian crossing and public space has faced a significant setback. While this news is disheartening, we want to express our deepest gratitude for your unwavering support throughout this journey.
To the community members, stakeholders, experts, students, elected officials, and the over 40,000 petition signees, your invaluable contributions have propelled our vision forward. We acknowledge the weight of disappointment shared by many.
While the current circumstances may be disheartening, we find solace in the collective desire for a multi-use path to be potentially incorporated into the new bridge plans—a testament to the strength of our community's voice, a rarity in federal projects.
In light of these developments, we encourage our dedicated supporters to visit i80mississippibridge.com and leave comments in the DOT's public record before November 29th. Your voices are indispensable in shaping the ongoing dialogue, advocating for a multi-use pathway on the new bridge and underlining the positive impact it would have on our community.
Thank you for your unwavering commitment. Together, let us amplify our voices and advocate for a stronger and more vibrant community.