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Latest Decision on New, I-80 Bridge Good for Bison Bridge

Graphic from Bison Bridge on Twitter
Bison Bridge Foundation
Graphic from Bison Bridge on Twitter

The latest plans for a new I-80 bridge are good for the Bison Bridge proposal.

The idea is to turn the existing bridge over the Mississippi River into a park, and it depends entirely on the 55-year-old bridge not being torn down.

During last week's I-80 bridge public meeting, the project team eliminated an alternative that would have required demolition.

Chad Pregracke, head of the Bison Bridge Foundation
Bison Bridge Foundation, Instagram
Chad Pregracke, head of the Bison Bridge Foundation

Local environmentalist Chad Pregracke created the Bison Bridge Foundation. And he's happy the four remaining options leave the door open for a bison bridge.

The next step for the foundation is to schedule opportunities for people to talk about their ideas for an I-80 park and wildlife crossing.

Pregracke says his goal for Bison Bridge is to attract tourists and give everyone a unique way to enjoy the main attraction -- the Mighty Mississippi. It would be built with private funds, not taxpayer dollars.

Pregracke is asking supporters to submit comments in support of the Bison Bridge on the study website HERE. The deadline is November 10th.

More information is available HERE. Pregracke is a native of East Moline and also the founder of Living Lands and Waters.

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