“Take some of the truck traffic off route 9 in Pekin...that will revert back to a city street when the south portion is done. So I would envision in this area, I would love to see a gas station, a hotel, anything that’s a boon to the City of Pekin,” Barra says.
The project included $four-million in federal funds and $800,000 from Pekin’s gas tax. The Southernmost part of Veteran’s Drive will cost $30 million. Construction starts next month and is planned to be complete October 2015. The Northernmost corridor is in the engineering study phase.