NEW HARMONY, IN (WFIE) - We have an update on the New Harmony Bridge we have been following. The Illinois Senate passed new legislation Thursday to move the bridge repairs process along.
Now, Illinois and Indiana will be able to work together. As we have reported, the New Harmony Bridge has been closed for several years because it is fallen into disrepair after a lack of funding.
The state is working to change that and bring life back so the bridge can reopen. A proposal to create the New Harmony Bridge Bi-State Commission passed the Senate.
Illinois will join forces with a similar authority in Indiana to take control of the bridge. The commission will focus on raising money for the repairs.
State Senator Dale Righter says this legislation means the New Harmony Bridge will no longer be owned by the State of Illinois. It will be owned by the Bridge Commission.
"We are moving this bill which actually would create on the Illinois side a bi-state commission, the Harmony Bridge Commission, to dovetail what the state of Indiana has done on their side. Together, the two states want to work together to raise money to rehabilitate the bridge," Sen. Righter.
The measure now moves to the Illinois House.
It is a story we are following, and we will keep you updated as we learn more.