State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) passed legislation out of the Senate 51-0 that would create the New Harmony Bridge Bi-State Commission with the goal of jointly taking control of the New Harmony Bridge with a similar authority in Indiana. The measure now moves to the Illinois House.
The New Harmony Bridge, that spans the Wabash River, connecting New Harmony, IN with White County in Illinois, has been closed for several years. There has been an effort to try to get the bridge to reopen at some point. Indiana recently enacted a law dealing with this issue. State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon), who represents White County, is also offering legislation, Senate Bill 2804, to help with the issue.