Local leaders broke ground today on the next stretch of Veterans Drive. The almost one mile stretch between Broadway and Sheridan is costing more than $six-million dollars. Relocating utilities was a lot of that cost.
Money collected from Pekin's gas tax is helping to pay for the roadway.
The chair of the Pekin Transportation Commission, Rich Kriegsman said the money spent will be paid back in the way of economic development.
"Brings people to here. You have commercial development down this road. It'll continue to grow. You have residential development. Residential here, residential there, churches there. A veterinary clinic there. It all just follows where the roads are," Kriegsman said.
More construction for the next part of Veterans drive is scheduled for this time next year.