During the spring session, lawmakers worked together to address concerns about the future of historic bridges that, while still in use, pose potential safety risks to drivers and communities.

Senate Bill 3622, sponsored by Senator Steve McClure, allows the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council to recommend that a bridge be removed from the National Register of Historic Places if the bridge is less than 22 feet wide with a banister at least 18 inches tall, is on or crosses a township road, and will be renovated or rebuilt. 

The proposal recognizes the importance of preserving historic places while also providing a pathway forward to allow for much-needed repairs or replacements to address safety concerns.  

SB 3622 passed unanimously in both chambers earlier this year and now awaits the Governor’s signature.

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