The Flood Memorial that had been planned for downtown Alton has been severely scaled back. Originally planned to be an interpretive site to commemorate the various floods that have helped shape the city, it is now expected to be a much smaller site absorbed into a bigger project, the Bridge West initiative, which is a street scape project along Route 67 that starts at the Clark Bridge and winds up at Piasa and 9th Street.
Alton's Director of Development and Housing, Phil Roggio, says the site across the street from the Convention & Visitor's Bureau may still eventually wind up as a flood memorial.
CVB President Brett Stawar says the change in plans is disappointing.
The Bridge West project is still awaiting approval from IDOT, since the changes now must also be approved. Funding for the project comes in the form of three grants from the state rolled together, along with a 20% local match. The total in grants comes to a little more than one-million dollars.