Traffic is one thing, but work on the Murray Baker Bridge this year may become more than inconvenient. For first responders, it could factor into life or death situations.
Advanced Medical Transport of Central Illinois says planning for a closure like this is really nothing new, and they're always ready with alternate routes for an impending closure. Josh Bradshaw with AMT says they're ready and have been.
"It's just mostly because we're used to dealing with it a lot in our business, so we're always looking at alternative ways, we always have a backup, and then to a backup to a backup," said Bradshaw.
Bradshaw says since the areas they serve across the river in Tazewell county are south of Creve Coeur, AMT drivers rarely have to use the Murray Baker. That being said, Bradshaw says their communication capabilities allow them to adapt when needed.
"We communicate to our communication center director, who informs our dispatchers, of the closures, and we keep those memos in front of us as they day goes on and we can relay that information on to the crews," he added.
IDOT says they also have been in contact with different agencies in Peoria to make sure their employees can adapt once the bridge closes.